Ai Weiwei: “According to What?”

This is another piece of my October 2009 trip to Tokyo, Japan. One of the extraordinary creative inspirations I stumbled on was an exhibit at the Mori Museum, by Chinese contemporary visual artist, Ai Weiwei. This is “According To What?”

Forgive the pictures from Google, I lost my camera (FAIL).

Anyway…

Ai Weiwei is a peculiar and refreshing kind of visual artist. He uses homegrown materials and iconic imagery to create an opinionated and insightful story. One of the more poignant images is his “Snake Cieling”. This was made of bookbags-the same brand used by children killed in the Sichuan Earthquake, which is still a recent sting in Chinese history.

Another one is “Forever”. This one was made from Forever brand bicycles, the leading manufacturer for the Chinese public, that is, before the mass industrial revolution that took place in the 80s and 90s.

In “Man Dropping A Han Dynasty Urn”, Ai reinforces his belief in iconoclasm shaping the future of artistry. The dropping of the ancient artifact shows a destruction of old beliefs, and the possible reshaping of the new norm. This could be an implication of the Chinese government’s willingness to destroy temples and landmarks to construct high-rise apartments and office buildings.

In addition to his contributions to the Asian and New York art scenes, Ai also put his hand in constructing the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

I have been a fan of Ai’s innovative and witty use of material for a long time, and have many more pictures from the exhibit…coming soon!

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~ by Chucky_Nite on December 2, 2009.

One Response to “Ai Weiwei: “According to What?””

  1. Not a fan to be honest, his works aren’t really inspiring anything new…

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