Ubi TopYoung 2016

Exhibition  /  24 Jul 2016  -  04 Sep 2016
Published: 20.12.2016
Ubi Gallery
Machtelt Schelling

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From over 50 Asian jewellery graduates a jury selected the 10 best submissions. A range of innovative and elegant pieces and personal stories expressed in jewellery. The artists worked with concrete, brass, leather, textile, acrylic horsehair and more.

Artist list

Muhua Chen, Ting Chun Chen, Ye Jia, Suel Ki Lee, Jong Seok Lim, Xiaoning Lin, Yenim Park, Hansel Tai, Ruoyan Wang, Wei Zhou
Jewellery designers are famous for their innovative use of material and their ability to make small wearable sculptures. If you want to see what is going on in this new discipline, you can find a nice and fresh overview in Ubi Gallery. The top 3 of this award exhibition is accredited to Yenim Park, Muhua Chen, Wei Zhou. Congratulations!

Hansel TAI (CN)
BA Jewellery Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, China
When you are born in this time and age, internet is everywhere, it surrounds your world and interferes with the way you learn, experience things and it affects your mind and body. It learns you about the big themes in life as sex, danger and violence. Although those themes are large, to some level it creates an intimate small world full of desires. Internet is a vessel, a container of memories, meaning and new experiences.
Hansel names his collection Dirt Containers and his jewellery is rather poetic, while narratives and functional use are less important.

Jong Seok LIM (KR)
MFA Kookmin University, Seoul, South korea

Jong Seok is fascinated by insects and their ability to exist in a fast transforming ecosystem. It requires so much flexibility. At the same time their outward appearance, with glittering covers, translucent wings and funky antennae creates a world on its own.
Jong Seok works with the antique craft of filigree, the repetition of lines to create a certain shape and pattern. He creates attractive objects and refers to universal memories with its unique texture and metal patterns.

Muhua CHEN (CN)
BA(Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
This collection is based on toys Muhua used to have as a child. Toys are precious to her as they signify childhood memories. The work is playful and interactive; simple mechanical structures generate movement to amuse the wearer. Alexander Calder`s delicately balanced moving sculptures; Sigurd Bronger`s joyful and unexpected kinetic jewellery and Dukno Yoon’s suspended wings show the various structural forms with movements that have been a great source of inspiration to her. The humour and inventiveness in their work are elements that Muhua aspires to bring into her own work. The moving forms that the designer develops investigate the relationship between an object and behavior as we use them. She wishes the wearer to transform and activate the collection so that you are not only wearing a piece of her childhood, you are also recovering some of your own. These 3 pieces are part of Muhua’s graduation work at Central Saint Martins in England, where she was awarded the winner of the Excellence in Metal Work Prize 2016.

Ruoyan WANG (CN)
MFA Edinburgh College of Art, UK
Do You Really Need to See That? and Somewhere for Your Hand are two pieces in the “21 Century Anti-stress Devices” collection. In these works Ruoyan Wang researched different stresses in modern daily life and attempt to help dealing with daily displeasure caused by the negative side of our fast-paced life-style. By interaction, these jewellery ‘devices’ are trying to help people to regain positive feelings and to recover the ability of experience the subtle joy of life itself.
The work Do You Really Need to See That? tries to deal with the issue of information overload caused by the modern urban lifestyle. We keep in-taking unneeded information despite of sore eyes. The eyeware forces users to close their eyes when wearing it, stops users from meaningless watching. Somewhere for Your Hand is designed for unsettling situations; you are surrounded by people you don’t know, standing alone, feeling nervous and awkward. Sometimes you don’t even know where to put your hands. When wearing this device, it offers you a pocket and the metal teardrop part balances the weight of your hand.
Do you really see that?

Seulki Lee (KR)
Metal craft in Graduate school of Kookmin University
If you think about it, every change and every event seems to be linked to a cause and an effect. Zooming in on that principle brings us to algorithm, the mathematical steps to break down cause and effect, to be able to predict the outcome. It is an extremely fascinating and complex science, which is visibly almost like a sculpture. Seuki Lee wanted to show her interest in algorithm and the beauty of it, by building her own wearable devices. They look like machine parts or electronics and you can imagine that they might steer our body and effect it while wearing.

Ting Chun CHEN (TW)
MFA, Graduate Institute of Applied Arts, Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan
Over and over, Ting-Chun folded and flattened the copper sheets. The movements are as regular as the steady heartbeat of a living creature - following a natural flow, instead of an outlined plan.
The process of colouring is like a seasonal change, like aging. By firing the enamel and using an etching acid, the colour changes gradually from bright to monochromic and from glossy to matt.
Although it is easy to think that less shine and less colour reminds of fading out and the decline and death, the artist in this case emphasize to look for the unique entity that will become visible.

BA Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Lao Tsu said : “Taoism cannot be interpreted.” Human awareness and the understanding of life can only be achieved by experience. Trying to explain it would be like forcing a positive magnet to attract to another positive one. So Wei Zhou changed the way to express things. Using a shadow play to show the world behind the curtain.
The “HINTS” series refers to different important moments in her life. As a critical young individual, she was taught to use her senses and bright mind to have a fresh approach to things around her. Not taking things, concepts, ethics and religion for granted, not submit to common ideas just because the majority selected this path to follow. She realised that this approach to life, transferred her to a keen observer, in a way an outsider; an observer of the shadow play of life.

Xiaoning LIN (CN)
BA Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
The work of Lin Xiaoning askes for time and reflection. It is subtle and delicate. She tries to create a different surface and texture of concrete. Instead of roughness and hardness, she wants to produces something soft to touch, with a beauty to appreciate. By working in this way, she changes your view on things. Materials are the same, but appearance may be different – as in many other things in life. That could be a nice lesson to reflect on.

BA Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing, China
Ye Jia has fond memories of her mother. Impressed by her appearance – fancy and picky in what to wear and what not to. She remembers trying out her mothers’ strange cosmetics and trying on beautiful dresses and high heels.
Her feeling and connection changed over time as she realised her mom was so focused on her becoming an adult and growing up, that it felt her mom was trapped in Ye Jia’s life and her happiness was depending on Ye’s future.
Her mother’s cosmetics are the core of her jewellery creation – exquisite and fresh, with its own distinctive use and mood. She added clothes and fabrics that were part of her own growing up. Closely related between mom and daughter and both not completely independent.

Yenim PARK (KR)
MFA Kookmin University, Korea
Yenim Park made these pieces with horsehair, woven by hand – playing with the elasticity of the material. It captures all the emotions related speed, direction, intensity and power. These pieces are extremely light and durable and can be used as body pieces. Her approach to jewellery is not the narrative, the story to tell, nor the functionality or concept. Her main focus comes from material, texture and movement. This material and esthetic approach is very fresh and creates enormous innovative pieces.
Yenim Park. Bracelet: Horsehair jewellery, 2016. Horsehair, stainless steel.. Yenim Park
Bracelet: Horsehair jewellery, 2016
Horsehair, stainless steel.
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Muhua Chen. Hand Piece: Ballerina, 2016. Brass, acrylic.. Muhua Chen
Hand Piece: Ballerina, 2016
Brass, acrylic.
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Wei Zhou. Necklace: The Wardrobe, 2016. Silver, wood, greenhide, thread.. Wei Zhou
Necklace: The Wardrobe, 2016
Silver, wood, greenhide, thread.
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Ruoyan Wang. Piece: Do you really see that?, 2016. Sterling silver, merino wool.. Ruoyan Wang
Piece: Do you really see that?, 2016
Sterling silver, merino wool.
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Jong Seok Lim. Brooch: Untitled, 2016. Silver. Jong Seok Lim
Brooch: Untitled, 2016
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Hansel Tai. Brooch: Dirt Container, 2016. Special paint, acrylic, LED, button batteries, copper, 24k gold.. Hansel Tai
Brooch: Dirt Container, 2016
Special paint, acrylic, LED, button batteries, copper, 24k gold.
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