VONMO 4th Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition 2023 This jewelry is 100RMB. Selected Artists Announcement

Published: 19.07.2023
Felicia Li
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The 2023 VONMO “This jewelry is 100RMB” 4th Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition has attracted public attention since its launch on February 22, 2023. As of June 10, 2023, altogether 138 artists from 30 countries have contributed their works. Upon selection by the six artists in our international jury, namely, Catarina Silva (Portugal), Gigi Mariani (Italy), Maria Rosa Franzin (Italy), Ruudt Peters (Netherlands), Wang Kezhen (China), Zhao Yi (China) in a professional, fair, impartial and open manner, 100 pieces are shortlisted for the Exhibition. The list is hereby announced.

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"Is it going to be a very bad exhibition?"
This is a question that has been on my mind every day since the theme was announced. The constant controversy seems to remind me that an artwork priced at "100 yuan" means its predetermined bad quality and negligible value, but what the theme is actually intended for people to see is: "humble material" does not affect its artistic value! Like the artists who built Arte Povera, whether anti-capitalist or "immaterial" creations, they all had a powerful logic and theory behind them. For example, Lucio Fontana achieved the maximum effect with the least amount of materials and in the simplest ways. Therefore, given such an artistic proposition within a such an extreme limit, artists need to propose a thought-provoking, novel concept, which is more valuable than the material (jewelry) itself. However, materialized presentation of everyone's values is actually very difficult; especially, the depression caused by the COVID-19 epidemic has more or less shackled our creations, so we will focus on recording the current form of artistic creation — it is particularly important to record the development situation of contemporary jewelry in 2023.

Next, the shortlisted artists need to properly package their works and post them to VONMO's studio in Beijing. I will announce the exhibition poster of each shortlisted artist successively, along with the specific time and location of the exhibition. Like the visitors, I look forward to the market and history’s evaluation after the collective appearance of these 100 pieces of 100-yuan contemporary jewels.

Congratulations to the artists whose works are selected for “This jewelry is 100RMB” Exhibition!We also thank all the artists for the short period of only three months to work on the theme!

Yijia He (China), Rachel Wang (China), Willie Tan (China), Carlo Lucidi (Italy), Roberto Zanon (Italy), Wu Yanyan (China), Dannielle Faran (Australia), Salvador Vico (Spain), Guan Yuyang (China), Cullen Gu (China), Mara Colecchia (Italy / USA), Austin Turley (USA), Arthur Westhof-Jacobs (Belgium), Paula Botto Fiora (Argentina), Karin van Paassen (the Netherlands), Xiangzhi Zhao (China), Lin Bin (China), Piero Acuto (Italy), Viktoria Münzker (Slovakia), Liu Nuozhou (China), Cristina Celis (Mexico), Gabriela Ramírez Michel (Mexico), Vivian SQ (China), Li Ruilin (China), Melis Agabigum (USA/Turkey), Feifei Cheng (China), Isaac (China), Kefan luo (China), Xu Jushuang (China), Sogand Nobahar (Italy), Beiya Yang (China), Zhongfang Zhang (China), Jie Zhang (China), Margit Hart (Austria), Esteban Erosky (México - Spain), Adriana Del Duca (Italy/Venezuela), Ana Maria Pardon (Argentina), Meng Sihan (China), Haiyin Liang (China), Li Jiahong (China), Jiabao Li (China), Marialena Bacha (Greece), Haoyu Wang (China), Gu Yuanzhu (China), An Sheng Wang (China), Stephie Morawetz (Austria), Yi Bo Nie (China), Taizhe Zou (China), Ko Nga Ching (Hongkong, China), María Eugenia Ramos (Argentina), Mette Olsen & Tinne Delfs (Denmark), Yulu Liang (China), Alberto Catalano and Mariangela Murgia - FLUXIS (Italy), Wang Qijun (China), Chongzhi Gong (China), Mao Chuchu (China), Petra Mohylova (Czech), Alice Biolo (Italy), Imma Garcia Prado (Spain), Jianxia Luan (China), Jess Bischoff (Canada), Dodo Paruznik (Austria), Yilin Dong (China), Xuan Wang (China), Marta Armada (Spain), Wanning Yang (China), Zhou Lihua (China), Xiaojing Tian (China), Chen Ni (China), Ziyi Xiong (China), Yuyun Li (China), Letizia Maggio (Italy), Zhao Xinran (China), Yifei Wu (China), Qian Xing Yi (China), Justine Fletcher (New Zealand), Annelieke Landré (Netherlands), Wang Xi (China), Militsa Milenkova (Bulgarian/Greek/UK), Nanyi Li (China), Ognyana Teneva (Bulgaria), Mai Qixiao (China), Xiaoxin Wang (China), Liu Xing (China), Annarita Bianco (Merıstėma Lab) (taly), Chongshan Feng (China), Yuan Xie (China), Wei Ran (China), Iris Hummer (Austria), Maja Stojkovska (North Macedonia / Germany), Aleacion Amarilla (USA), Patrícia Aguiló (Spain), Francesca Guarnieri (Italy), Gaojie (China), XiaoJie Hu (China), Huize Sun (China), Yu Qimiao (China), Zhixuan Liang (China), Weng Rong (China), Robert Yang (China).

Curatorial Team:
Publisher: Yusen Feng.
Curator: Felicia Li.
Sponsor: Vonmo Studio.
Jury (alphabetical order): Catarina Silva (Portugal), Gigi Mariani (Italy), Maria Rosa Franzin, (Italy), Ruudt Peters (Netherlands), Wang Kezhen (China), Zhao Yi (China).
About Vonmo Exhibition Projects:

After two years of preparations since 2014, Felicia Li, Director of Vonmo, and Yusen Feng officially established Vonmo(万木) Art Jewelry Studio in 2016. We are committed to pursuing the innovative direction of integration between contemporary art jewelry and traditional Chinese culture. Since 2019, we have curated Vonmo’s 1st Five-Year Plan, namely once a year and a new theme for each. We associate international artists to show jewelry works at home and abroad with the aim of creating a pure, equal, fair, diverse, and professional exchange platform for contemporary art jewelry.

About the author

Felicia Li
is a contemporary art jewelry designer and curator. She is the committee member of Gems and Jewelry Trade Association of China. In 2016, she formally established the Vonmo studio and keeps exploring the innovation direction to integrate contemporary art jewelry design and traditional Chinese crafts.
Alice Biolo. Brooch: Time is money, 2023. Copper, Cubic zirconia, silver pin. 3.5 cm x 3.5 cm x 1 cm. Photo by: Alice Biolo. Alice Biolo
Brooch: Time is money, 2023
Copper, Cubic zirconia, silver pin
3.5 cm x 3.5 cm x 1 cm
Photo by: Alice Biolo
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Jess Bischoff. Object: Ring (Segment), 2023. Black Steel. Ø 7.3 cm. Photo by: Paul Ambtman. Jess Bischoff
Object: Ring (Segment), 2023
Black Steel
Ø 7.3 cm
Photo by: Paul Ambtman
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Alberto Catalano. Mariangela Murgia. Bracelet: Terre arse (Dry lands), 2023. PLA with 80% copper filling, PLA, TPU, neodymium magnets. 22.3 x 8.2 x 0.85 cm. Alberto Catalano
Mariangela Murgia
Bracelet: Terre arse (Dry lands), 2023
PLA with 80% copper filling, PLA, TPU, neodymium magnets
22.3 x 8.2 x 0.85 cm
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Esteban Erosky. Brooch: Por 100 yuans / For 100 yuans, 2023. Hot enamel on copper, painted methacrylate, plastic beads, aluminum, steel wire. 5.7 x 8.6 x 2.5 cm. Photo by: Esteban Erosky. Esteban Erosky
Brooch: Por 100 yuans / For 100 yuans, 2023
Hot enamel on copper, painted methacrylate, plastic beads, aluminum, steel wire
5.7 x 8.6 x 2.5 cm
Photo by: Esteban Erosky
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Jiabao Li. Earrings: Seasonal rate: 100 yuan for 3 hours, 2023. Printing paper, copper, white-collar worker. 21 x 29.7 x 2.3 x 174 cm. Photo by: HIMO. Jiabao Li
Earrings: Seasonal rate: 100 yuan for 3 hours, 2023
Printing paper, copper, white-collar worker
21 x 29.7 x 2.3 x 174 cm
Photo by: HIMO
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María Eugenia Ramos. Ring: How much is time worth?, 2023. Sand, glue. 4.5 x 0.5 x 7 cm. Photo by: María Eugenia Ramos. María Eugenia Ramos
Ring: How much is time worth?, 2023
Sand, glue
4.5 x 0.5 x 7 cm
Photo by: María Eugenia Ramos
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Arthur Westhof-Jacobs. Object: Rough Golden Bars, 2022. 925 SiIver, goId. 6.5 x 0.2 x 3.4 cm. Photo by: Arthur Westhof-Jacobs. Arthur Westhof-Jacobs
Object: Rough Golden Bars, 2022
925 SiIver, goId
6.5 x 0.2 x 3.4 cm
Photo by: Arthur Westhof-Jacobs
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Beiya Yang. Necklace: As many '100's as there are meanings, 2023. Parchment paper. Ø 81.3 cm. Photo by: Beiya. Beiya Yang
Necklace: As many "100"s as there are meanings, 2023
Parchment paper
Ø 81.3 cm
Photo by: Beiya
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