TACIT RECOLLECTION

23 August – 9 September 2017

Curated by Yu Fang Chi

Artist + Curator Talk | Saturday 26 August 5pm

Exhibition Opening | Saturday 26 August 6-8pm

This exhibition is presented as part of the 2017 Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Trail, Radiant Pavilion, 26 August – 3 September, 2017.

Monika Brugger, Yu Chun Chen, Yu Fang Chi, Carole Deltenre, Yuni Kim Lang, Lauren Kalman

Tacit Recollection engages object and jewellery artists who reflect on the relation of body and external world. Works on exhibition are intimate responses to the ‘uncertain’ body circumstances of each artist, evoking a sense of fragility, sensuality, transparency and intuition. Notions of ambiguous identity, voicelessness and introspection are engaged via each artist’s processes of making. Their artwork tends to evoke the sensation of touch in the viewer and the wearer.


Monika Brugger teaches the theoretical, historical and practical aspects of classical and contemporary jewellery. Brugger organised the Workshop Sospel, and in 2007 she was one of the founders of the association la garantie. She has been in invited speaker and held numerous workshops worldwide. Brugger’s work is included in the collections of V&A Museum, London; Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris; the Fonds national d’art contemporain, Paris; Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim; Rotasa Collection Trust, USA; Berner Stiftung für Angewandte Kunst, Berne.

Brought up under the Chinese culture in Taiwan and having studied art in Italy and the Netherlands, the work of Yu-Chun Chen is shaped by diverse cultural crossings. Cultures of the east and west come to a confluence into her work. The introvert and extrovert, sentimental and rational, the tranquil and the active come together. With great respect for traditional craft, Yu Chun Chen creates contemporary jewellery that reminds people of the beauty of the old tradition.

Yu-Fang, CHI is a current PhD candidate in the School of Art at RMIT. She completed her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Taiwan. Her research project investigates the concept of femininity in jewellery and objects and its cultural connotations. Yu-Fang reflects on the processes of creation and the position of the female body. Her practice involves repetitive fibre-related techniques which can be connected to traditional domestic art processes. Yu Fang regularly exhibits her work in Australia, Germany, Poland, Korea, Japan and Estonia. She has been awarded various grants and her work is held in both public and private collections.

Reflecting on bodies as objects of desire, Carole Deltenre evokes the power of creatures and shows the failure of seduction mechanisms. Using traditional elements, she looks for the impact of religion and social codes in the tense relation between genders and considers the jewel as an object of envy that has to be caressed, used, worn, touched, dirtied, looked at and whose first function is to seduce. Deltentre exhibits internationally, lectures, participates in prizes and residencies. She also engages with music, drawing, and collective projects.

Yuni Kim Lang is a Michigan-based visual artist who creates sculpture, photographs and wearable art that explores themes of weight, mass, accumulation, hair and cultural identity. Working with rope and synthetic materials, she makes sculptures that transcend their materiality and become bodily. She is fascinated by what people give power and meaning to, along with our obsession with adornment. Yuni Kim Lang had her first solo exhibition in Seoul, Korea in 2007. A recent MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, she has had solo exhibitions at Sienna Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts and Museum of New Art in Detroit, Michigan.

Lauren Kalman is a visual artist based in Detroit, whose practice is invested in contemporary craft, video, photography and performance. Through her work she investigates beauty, adornment, body image, and the built environment. Raised in the Midwest, Kalman completed her MFA from the Ohio State University and earned a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Kalman exhibits and lectures internationally. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Detroit Institute of Art.


IMAGES | Carole Deltenre, Lauren Kalman,  Monika Brugger, Yu Chun Chen, Yu Fang Chi, Yuni Kim Lang. Courtesy the artists.