May 6 - 29 2017
Trouble of + -

In cooperation with the jewellery department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Ubi Gallery presents the pop-up exhibition “Trouble + -“. We are showing the work 11 students. They want to disrupt, cause some friction and a bit of trouble. According to them, our ideas on jewellery and how to wear and use them can loosen up a bit.

Although their aim might be to stir things up, their assignments for this project put them within certain boundaries. They had to relate to electronics; their reflection on interaction with the wearer should be visible and they should approach the project as a designer in a team, which include branding. It seems that they all learned how certain boundaries can make you more free and creative to explore the essentials you want to share.

As they interviewed each other within the group, we are part of this journey and can read about their dreams and developments in the booklet they made as part of this project.

+ - refers in a similar way to friction and opposite sides. The way to achieve something new and of interest, can sometimes only come to existence through flounder, struggle and persistence. The 11 students (+- is Chinese for 11) shared their personal search for the best final result.

As interaction is key to their work, we are very much looking forward to the encounter of the objects with our visitors!

Panny Yu | Star He | Monica Zhang | Zen Fang | Enhiuan | Phoebe Li | Snow Wang | Taffy Chen | Emma Yan | Guannan Chen

April 2 - May 5 2017
Yan Feng Zhang

Yangfeng Zhang had her education at the Academy of Design and Crafts in Sweden a few years ago and worked firstly as an independent ceramist near Stockholm, and moved in 2014 to Jingdezhen where she founded her FF. Ceramic Studio.

 Yangfeng noticed that the focus of her work in Sweden was more on her own artistic expression, while working in Jingdezhen challenged her on her skills and the craft involved in working with ceramics. She doesn’t feel it as a contrast but she speaks of a different concentration. Using simple forms as containers and vessels can be carriers of deep expressions.

She has been working with geometric forms and various lines. She was drawn by the ‘moment of joint’ – the place where lines, shapes and colours will approach and create a new space or form. The angle you view the setting, the objects will influence these moments of joint. Tones of shadow and colour can be different and can create new spaces. It can create chaos or peace. The focus on these shades, colours and lines will fade everything around it out, the feeling of endless and extension of space is left.

 The artist spends a lot of time in the selection of colours and the texture of the work. You can see traces on the work of the utensils –which are part of the work, integrating the process and the finished work.

 Yangfeng’s ceramics can be best be viewed as a collection, as a family of objects. The positioning is essential to create the right ‘moments of joint’ and we are very happy to have Yangfeng putting so much energy in the installation of her work in the gallery. 

New to the collection

We started the new year of 2017 with some bright new work!

Christine Jalio (Fi)

Christine works with silk clay for her current collection of jewellery. It is ultra light and can be used in so many shapes and textures. She chooses to emphasize movements. She has great respect forgood finishing, craftmanship and skill. For her contemporary jewellery is arebellious and outsider art, it is an art form that has no limits or actual borders. It is art that you can carry with you and express yourself with. With her work she hopes to evoke emotions in other people, and move something inside of them. Her work method is searching and questioning. Her starting point is always an emotion to which she strives to find the correct combination of materials, shapes and colours.

Inou Beru

Inou Beru studied fine arts in Tokyo and continued her education in Dusseldorf in the ‘applied arts’ direction. In terms of materials she loves to work with are glass and porcelain. And most of her work is colourful.

Pastel colours are like Japanese nature: pink as cherry blossoms, light blue as the sky and green as fresh leaves. Through these sugar-candy-like colours and simple shapes Inou makes “sweet” jewellery.

Rakugan is the name for Japanese traditional sweets. They are colorful Japanese desserts made by pressing Japanese sugar, soybean flour and other fine powders in wooden molds. Rakugan are very delicate and appropriate for formal situations such as tea ceremony. Classic jewellery shapes, combined with sweet colours, such as sugar candies, is a fusion of Japanese and European, classic and modern.

The theme of the glass pins is "Abstract Dreams". It's the dream you dream just before waking up: intangible, abstract and not easy to catch - but the beautiful feeling remains with you for the day.

ChenYing-HsiuTW

Ying-Hsiu was deeply fascinated by the forms and colours of marine animals as well as their bodily patterns and the way they grow. Through observing familiar natural phenomenon and summarizing their essence, she have conveyed characteristics observed into her works. The pins are made of super light clay, pigment, stockings, 925 silver

Cheers!

We have a nice selection of the Ubi Collection with discount for you - during the festive season, from Dec 20 till Chinese New Year! 

Oct 29 - Dec 17 2016
Mia & Mariko

Ubi Gallery is proud to present the exhibition with new work of Mia Kwon(KR/DE) and Mariko Sumioka(JP). Those two artists are both able to connect with materials and themes of the past and create those into wearable contemporary jewellery. With a repetition of shapes, love for material and an eye for details both make their own jewellery. Mia’s work is bold, colourful with a nice reference to fabric and fashion. Mariko’s pieces are more modest, with subtle links to Japanese unique architectural elements. We love to see both of their new work together in one exhibition and invite all of you to join us at the opening or visit us during the weeks to come.

Mariko Sumioka is from Japan and had her education in Scotland, Japan and the United States. Mariko feels inspired by the Japanese unique architectural characteristics; the linear forms and the natural materials and colours. By using patinated copper and enamel, and working with different layers of material, she is able to create the natural materials and textures found in architecture. The fact that people live in buildings and connect with the environment and the construction in a very personal way, is something the artist explores in her own pieces. This interaction is also found in people wearing and others viewing her jewellery. Both are similarly intimate.

Porcelain is often associated with precious tableware and tea sets. With her jewellery Mia Kwon wants to bring this unique elegance of porcelain closer to the people. One important element of her work is to make this precious, care requiring feeling of porcelain wearable. To preserve the unique feel of porcelain, she often use pure white, polished Mont-Blanc porcelain paired with minimal shapes.

In the work she wants to merge this traditional elegance of porcelain with the dynamic characteristics of fabric. Many of the pieces resemble clothing parts like collars and hems and also follow the flexible character of fabric. By attaching these fabric features to porcelain and adding clothing features into jewellery pieces, she aims to blur the borders between these elements and concepts to create an uncommon, contemporary perspective towards porcelain jewellery.

Oct 30 - Dec 30 2016
Henk Wolvers

Henk Wolvers' first solo show in Shanghai will open at AroundSpace Living on October 30, 2016. Henk Wolvers is a ceramicist from the Netherlands with over 30 years of experience working with porcelain. His pieces are characterized by fine lines, elegant graphic shapes and gentle brush strokes. His vessels evoke a strong sense of movement and fluidity.

The exhibition is organized by AroundSpace Living Shanghai and Ubi Gallery Beijing. The show will include signature pieces made by Wolvers in recent years, and offer a comprehensive presentation of the artist's artistic style and trajectory.

AroundSpace Living - Julu Lu crossing Fumin Lu Shanghai