New Jewellery from China


August 26 - September 23, 2017

Cao Bifei
Dai Xiang
Guo Xin
Huang Xiaowang
Liu Xiao
Sun Jie
Teng Fei
Wang Kezhen
Liang Li
Wu Mian

This exhibition presents contemporary jewellery by 10 Chinese artists and explores the recent internationalisation of contemporary Chinese jewellery design and its development.

Since the 1960s and 70s many Western contemporary jewellers have chosen deliberately to use non-precious materials rather than conventional precious metals and stones in order to have freedom from the burden of intrinsic values conventionally associated with mainstream jewellery. This is becoming at least partly as true of the field in China as it is elsewhere, although intrinsic values still influence the field to a greater extent.

As an artform, contemporary jewellery in China seems to be poised to make a breakthrough and become as collectible as ceramics, glass, and textiles, much as happened in the West and elsewhere. As more young people study the subject and find individual ways of practising professionally, the sheer volume will make its presence felt. This exhibition is a small sample of this increasingly populous field, and a snapshot of a vibrant movement.

Co-curated by Prof. Norman Cherry with curatorial assistance from Wang Kezhen.

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Work from New Jewellery from China

Coexistence by New Jewellery from China Coexistence, brass, copper, colour pencil, stainless steel, by Cao Bifei
Growing  by New Jewellery from China Growing , brass, copper, colour pencil, stainless steel, by Cao Bifei
Untitled by New Jewellery from China Untitled, aircraft wood veneer, codes, Chinese mineral pigment, by Dai Xiang
Summer by New Jewellery from China Summer, aircraft wood veneer, codes, Chinese mineral pigment, by Dai Xiang
Transformation #7 by New Jewellery from China Transformation #7, fine silver filigree, glass, by Guo Xin
Transformation #6 by New Jewellery from China Transformation #6, fine silver filigree, glass, by Guo Xin
Mirror Mirror by New Jewellery from China Mirror Mirror, gold plated silver, glass, digital print, by Huang Xiaowang
Move by New Jewellery from China Move, copper, lacquer, by Liang Li
Move by New Jewellery from China Move, copper, lacquer, by Liang Li
Nine Dragon Pot by New Jewellery from China Nine Dragon Pot, fine silver, 14k gold, by Liu Xiao
Young & Beautiful by New Jewellery from China Young & Beautiful, crystal, wood, silver, steel, mixed material, by Sun Jie
Grinding Jades by New Jewellery from China Grinding Jades, jade, by Teng Fei
World 5 by New Jewellery from China World 5, bamboo, by Wang Kezhen
World 3 by New Jewellery from China World 3, tortoise shell, sterling silver , by Wang Kezhen
Glove Gold by New Jewellery from China Glove Gold, gloves used by workers in gold factory, gold, brass, price tag: silver, brass, gold plate, by Wu Mian
Bra Gold by New Jewellery from China Bra Gold, bras used by workers in gold factory, gold, brass, price tag: silver, brass, gold plate, by Wu Mian