June 11, 2010
February 6, 2010
December 16, 2009
this is the most appalling sculpture work I’ve seen lately.
About Shi Jinsong
He was born in danyang county, hubei province in 1969, he enrolled at the hubei academy of fine arts in 1994, majoring in sculpture and mastering a gamut of traditional techniques. Under the influence of three powerful stimuli – radical socio-cultural change in china; a reading of foucault’s madness and civilization; and the birth of his first daughter – the artist began to investigate ideas of transformation and control. He lives and works in wuhan and beijing, china.
Gun Shaped Baby Carriage
some are born with style.
Gun Shaped Baby Walker
About the project
“Through his razor-sharp sculptures and related works, shi jinsong initiates a dialogue, at once menacing and ironic, between the forms of mythic chinese culture and modern day globalization. The here featured work is part of the series ‘na zha’, a sort of brand name for an outrageously unsafe line of baby products. Meticulously assembled in stainless steel from intricate mechanical drawings, they include
a deadly carriage; a sadistic cradle; a sinister walker; and a malicious, multi-part toy complete with needle-tipped pacifiers and dismembering abacus. Baby boutique confronts its ‘shopper’ with a radically strange and seductive ‘product’, lethal luxury designed to reveal the forces that dominate our lives in unimaginable ways. In the work ‘ne zha’ it appears in the disguise of being protective, consoling and decorative, but its details betray its true function of weapon. It indicates the highest degree of ambiguity in one’s temperament. It presents and represents. It invites and refuses.”
July 15, 2009
May 1, 2009
April 21, 2009
“Ron Mueck (born 1958) is an Australian hyperrealist sculptor working in Great Britain.
Mueck’s early career was as a model maker and puppeteer for children’s television and films. He moved on to establish his own company in London, making photo-realistic props and animatronics for the advertising industry. Although highly detailed, these props were usually designed to be photographed from one specific angle hiding the mess of construction seen from the other side. Mueck increasingly wanted to produce realistic sculptures which looked perfect from all angles.
In 1996 Mueck transitioned to fine art, collaborating with his mother-in-law, Paula Rego, to produce small figures as part of a tableau she was showing at the Hayward Gallery. Rego introduced him to Charles Saatchi who was immediately impressed and started to collect and commission work. This led to the piece which made Mueck’s name, Dead Dad, being included in the Sensation show at the Royal Academy the following year. Dead Dad is a rather haunting silicone and mixed media sculpture of the corpse of Mueck’s father reduced to about two thirds of its natural scale. It is the only work of Mueck’s that uses his own hair for the finished product.
Mueck’s sculptures faithfully reproduce the minute detail of the human body, but play with scale to produce disconcertingly jarring visual images.
In 1999 Mueck was appointed as Associate Artist at the National Gallery, London. During this two year post he created the works Mother and Child, Pregnant Woman, Man in a Boat and Swaddled Baby. In 2002 his sculpture Pregnant Woman was purchased by the National Gallery of Australia for AU$800,000.”