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Chien-Wei Chang

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Published: 06.08.2020
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Chien-Wei Chang. Object: Smoking Bottle, 2018. Silver, glass.. 6 x 3 x 12 cm. Photo by: Andra Nelki. From series: Smoking Bottle. Chien-Wei Chang
Object: Smoking Bottle, 2018
Silver, glass.
6 x 3 x 12 cm
Photo by: Andra Nelki
From series: Smoking Bottle
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Chien-Wei Chang. Object: Untitled, 2018. Silver, steel, part of the broken machine.. 32.5 x 6 x 4.5 cm. Photo by: Andra Nelki. Chien-Wei Chang
Object: Untitled, 2018
Silver, steel, part of the broken machine.
32.5 x 6 x 4.5 cm
Photo by: Andra Nelki
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Chien-Wei Chang. Object: Handle Me, 2017-2018. Silver, handles of old tools.. 10.5 x 2.5 x 10 cm (left); 11 x 2 x 10 cm (right). Photo by: Andra Nelki. Chien-Wei Chang
Object: Handle Me, 2017-2018
Silver, handles of old tools.
10.5 x 2.5 x 10 cm (left); 11 x 2 x 10 cm (right)
Photo by: Andra Nelki
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Chien-Wei Chang. Spoon: My Broken Spoon, 2014. Silver, brass, copper, gilding metal, steel, rusty nails, binding wire, cotton thread, gold leaf, and one broken Chinese porcelain spoon.. 16 x 5 x 1.5 cm each. Photo by: Andra Nelki. 7 pieces of a set.. Chien-Wei Chang
Spoon: My Broken Spoon, 2014
Silver, brass, copper, gilding metal, steel, rusty nails, binding wire, cotton thread, gold leaf, and one broken Chinese porcelain spoon.
16 x 5 x 1.5 cm each
Photo by: Andra Nelki
7 pieces of a set.

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Chien-Wei Chang. Object: Bamboo & Cutting Tools, 2012. Silver, brass.. 53 x 13 x 9.5 cm (left); 53 x 5.5 x 9 cm (right). Photo by: Andra Nelki. Chien-Wei Chang
Object: Bamboo & Cutting Tools, 2012
Silver, brass.
53 x 13 x 9.5 cm (left); 53 x 5.5 x 9 cm (right)
Photo by: Andra Nelki
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Chien-Wei Chang. Vessel: Keepers, 2012. Silver, found objects.. Photo by: Andra Nelki. 
. 6 x 6 x 10 cm (front-left); 5.5 x 5.5 x 10.5 cm (front-middle); 6.5 x 6.5 x 11 cm (front-right); 7 x 7 x 7 cm (rear-left); 5 x 5 x 11.5 cm (rear-right).. Chien-Wei Chang
Vessel: Keepers, 2012
Silver, found objects.
Photo by: Andra Nelki

6 x 6 x 10 cm (front-left); 5.5 x 5.5 x 10.5 cm (front-middle); 6.5 x 6.5 x 11 cm (front-right); 7 x 7 x 7 cm (rear-left); 5 x 5 x 11.5 cm (rear-right).

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Chien-Wei Chang. Object: Cheese & Cake, 2010. Silver, gilding Metal, silver Coin (1991, Taiwan), gold Coin (1989, China).. 15 x 5 x 5.5 cm (Chesse); 13 x 9 x 8 cm (Cake). Photo by: Stephen Brayne. Chien-Wei Chang
Object: Cheese & Cake, 2010
Silver, gilding Metal, silver Coin (1991, Taiwan), gold Coin (1989, China).
15 x 5 x 5.5 cm (Chesse); 13 x 9 x 8 cm (Cake)
Photo by: Stephen Brayne
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Chien-Wei Chang. Sculpture: Wounded soul in healing process, 2010. Gilding metal(silver-plated), felt.. 25 x 25 x 17.5 cm. Photo by: Michael Harvey. Chien-Wei Chang
Sculpture: Wounded soul in healing process, 2010
Gilding metal(silver-plated), felt.
25 x 25 x 17.5 cm
Photo by: Michael Harvey
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Chien-Wei Chang. Vessel: Bamboo, 2006-2011. Silver.. 8.5 x 5.5 x 17.5 cm (left); 7 x 5 x 12.5 cm (middle); 7.5 x 5 x 11.5 cm (right). Photo by: Andra Nelki. From series: Bamboo. Chien-Wei Chang
Vessel: Bamboo, 2006-2011
Silver.
8.5 x 5.5 x 17.5 cm (left); 7 x 5 x 12.5 cm (middle); 7.5 x 5 x 11.5 cm (right)
Photo by: Andra Nelki
From series: Bamboo
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Chien-Wei Chang. Sculpture: Huge ladle, 2005. Gilding metal(silver-plated), padauk(wood).. 165 x 30 x 20 cm. Photo by: Stephen Brayne. Chien-Wei Chang
Sculpture: Huge ladle, 2005
Gilding metal(silver-plated), padauk(wood).
165 x 30 x 20 cm
Photo by: Stephen Brayne
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Intro
Chien-Wei Chang, born in Taiwan, studied German language & literature in Taipei. From 2000 he has started his artistic journey in London Guildhall university, United Kingdom and completed MA Silversmithing & Jewellery Allied Crafts in 2002. Since his debut ‘Huge ladle’ and ‘Bamboo series’ in UK craft scene, his works have received several recognitions, including Jerwood Contemporary Makers, UK and International Metal Art, Taiwan, as well as presented in different public galleries and museums internationally.

Statement

I love metal because of the characteristics of the material and the process of making it work: treating it with fire to anneal it, using hammers to translate the invisible ideas into visual forms, and bathing it in water to cleanse it. When I place metal, especially silver into acid to purify and turn it white, it feels as though I have compl eted a personal ritual almost like a baptism.

Driven by a passion for metal as a material and a personal interest in the ritual of the whole making process, most of my works reveal strong Eastern and Western aesthetics and cultural references by combining metal with other natural materials, such as wood, bamboo or found objects. Each piece I produce has a title and depicts different stages of the narrative of my life as a craftsman living and working in the UK.

After several years working in the collectables market of British contemporary crafts, I began to establish myself as a metal artist working in the field of European applied arts . In recent years I have started to combine/use various materials to produce large scale sculptures or installat ion exhibitions in the public space My goal is combining artistry with storytelling in order to communicate the meanings and messages of my work to as wide an audience as possible.

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2018:
Exhibition  10 Mar 2018 - 29 Apr 2018  Melting Point.
2010:
Fair  16 Apr 2010 - 19 Apr 2010  SOFA NEW YORK 2010.
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