See below two of the most impressive works from the controversial and touching Chinese duo artists, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu. They are well-known for making use of odd materials like baby cadavers, for example, and their artwork deals with issues of life, death and the human condition in surreal and confrontational ways.
I had the opportunity to see their work (The Old Persons Home) at Saatchi Gallery in 2008 and since then it was never forgotten.
Old Persons Home is a shocking installation which 13 life-like sculptures are sitting in electric wheelchairs. Once you look carefully you realize that them look like eerily elderly versions of today’s world leaders. They are powerless and senile, all rolling around with their chairs in a geriatric style.
Let’s see how many do you recognize?
Angel is an old winged woman splatted on the floor. It seems real, fragile and sad.
Via Saatchi Gallery
Save the arts in the UK is a campaign lead by British organisations and artists to raise awareness and encourage people to sign a petition against the proposed 25% cut in government funding of the arts, to be decided next month.
As said in their own website: “It has taken 50 years to create a vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world. We the undersigned appeal to the government not to slash arts funding and risk destroying this long-term achievement and the social and economic benefits it brings to all.”
Meanwhile, each week, the work of a different artist will be released on their website.
Follow up the news and works and sign a petition here: http://savethearts-uk.blogspot.com/
This week we can see the Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger’s work. He took a version of one of Turner’s most famous paintings and torn the heart out of it, as an mathaphore for what will happen with the UK arts if the government goes ahead with the funding cuts.