The artist Lei Xue’s ‘‘Drinking Tea’’ series (2007-13) consists of crumpled porcelain cans decorated with traditional Chinese patterns. See the world in blue and white here.
Courtesy of Galerie Martina Detterer, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
“ A small act is worth a million thoughts. ”
Ai Weiwei (via sommanita)
Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds, located in Tate Modern Turbine Hallis a whole installation consisting of 100 million pieces of art. Each true to sized sunflower is made of porcelain and is hand painted by skilled artisans in a small Chinese town that used to make porcelain for the imperial court. The town supposedly was saved from bankruptcy by making these sunflower seeds.
Porcelain is synonymous with Chinese art and the multitudes of sunflower seeds at first seem to be mass produced and identical; however, each piece is a work of an individual and is unique from the rest.
Ai Weiwei porcelain sunflower seeds installation
“ [Poetry] will always be in the grass, it will always be necessary to bend over to see it, it will always be too simple to be discussed in assemblies. It will always remain the organic function of a happy being, overflowing with all the felicity of language, lying contracted in the native heart ever heavy with its load, and the more happy men there are, the easier it will be to be an artist. ”
[Pasternak, speaking at the International Congress for the Defense of Culture, Paris, June 1935] (via naranjitoo)
Same with ceramics.
Istanbul-based artist Erdal Inci clones sections of video creating an endless array of cloned avatars that appear to flood through the city streets.