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Wear / Aware – New Asian Jewellery

Exhibition  /  01 Aug 2013  -  08 Sep 2013
Published: 11.08.2013
MANO Contemporary Jewellery & Object
Management:
Min-Ling Hsieh Yu-Chun Chen
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Intro
MANO has invited 8 young artists from Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and China to get a taste of new Asian jewellery. To see how the Oriental artists are using jewellery as media to visualize concept, to tell personal story, to place question about daily life and aesthetics, or to reflect on one’s cultural background.

Artist list

Alice Bo-Wen Chang, Ara Kuo, Heejoo Kim, Jeehyun Chung, Mariko Sumioka, Noon Passama, Shu-Lin Wu, Xiao Liu
Looking beyond the horizon, where the sun rises slowly from the East. The new energy is ramping up and launching out.

In the past 20 years, the new generation of young creatives from Asia has set foot in other continents like Europe, America, or Australia to learn more about contemporary jewellery, the conceptual way of making jewellery originated in the relatively “West” land. Carrying different cultural background with them, these young Asian creatives reposition themselves and find themselves again throughout the process.

For “WEAR /AWARE” exhibition, MANO has invited 8 young artists from Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and China to get a taste of new Asian jewellery. To see how the Oriental artists are using jewellery as media to visualize concept, to tell personal story, to place question about daily life and aesthetics, or to reflect on one’s cultural background.

From Taiwan, there is Ara Kuo who uses traditional calligraphy brushes to give new interpretation of home. Shu-Lin Wu’s “Mon Coeur” series uses the fire endurable quality of ceramics to connect the heart and soul. Alice Bo-Wen Chang explores the relationship between body, space and object(s) through her kinetic and structural body sculptures. From Thai artist Noon Passama, basic buttons gets thousand faces being imagined as people who appear in different ways. South Korean artist Heejoo Kim creates the fifth season with her unique use of materials. Jeehyun Chung investigates material composition and transforms simple fishing line into marvel. From Japan, Mariko Sumioka’s work pays tribute to Japanese traditional architecture and the respect for natural surroundings. Last but not least, Chinese artist Xiao Liu adopts grains and dust as material of his work to reveal the spiritual capacity of human being.

Point to the horizon and point back to ourselves. This is who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. “WEAR / AWARE” have strung together these oriental pearls awaiting you to discover. And the string of connection is the oriental implicit delicacy and beauty.
Alice Bo-Wen Chang. Ring: Luminous Windows series, 2011. Silver, gold. 5.4 x 5.4 x 5.4 cm. Alice Bo-Wen Chang
Ring: Luminous Windows series, 2011
Silver, gold
5.4 x 5.4 x 5.4 cm
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Ara Kuo. Ring: Share, 2010. Mixed media. 8 x 2 x 5 cm. Ara Kuo
Ring: Share, 2010
Mixed media
8 x 2 x 5 cm
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Heejoo Kim. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Gold, enamel. 2.1 x 2.7 x 5 cm. Heejoo Kim
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Gold, enamel
2.1 x 2.7 x 5 cm
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Jeehyun Chung. Brooch: R&I 1, 2013. Mixed media. 8 x 8 x 6 cm. Jeehyun Chung
Brooch: R&I 1, 2013
Mixed media
8 x 8 x 6 cm
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Mariko Sumioka. Brooch: Wabi sabi, 2012. Mixed media. 7.2 x 4.2 x 1 cm. Mariko Sumioka
Brooch: Wabi sabi, 2012
Mixed media
7.2 x 4.2 x 1 cm
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Noon Passama. Brooch: Extra Button, 2011. Mixed media. Noon Passama
Brooch: Extra Button, 2011
Mixed media
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Shu-Lin Wu. Brooch: Mon Coeur#6, 2013. Mixed media. 9.5 x 4.5 x 3.2 cm; 9.5 x 3.6 x 3.2 cm. Shu-Lin Wu
Brooch: Mon Coeur#6, 2013
Mixed media
9.5 x 4.5 x 3.2 cm; 9.5 x 3.6 x 3.2 cm
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Xiao Liu. Brooch: The Rice Stone 151310012, 2013. Mixed media. 3.4 x 4 x 4 cm. Xiao Liu
Brooch: The Rice Stone 151310012, 2013
Mixed media
3.4 x 4 x 4 cm
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