Toilet Bowls Waterfall by the artist Shu Yong
This odd piece was presented during The festival of ceramics in Foshan, in South China’s Gunagdong Province. It’s exactly what it looks like: a 100 meters long and five meters height Toilet Seat Waterfall created out of 10,000 toilet accessories like toilets, sinks and other sanitary ware.
The empty chair by Maarten Baas for freedom of expression in China
The artwork refers to Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo who was unable to receive the prize in person last year as he had been imprisoned. Baas presented the piece in Amsterdam this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International.
*Follow @artoftheday_ on Twitter *
Ai Weiwei is a fabulous artist and admirable activist. I posted about him when I first started this blog ( here ) and he is the kind of artist that inspires me!
Truly hoping that this pathetic detention at Beijing Capital Airport, in China gets sorted out soon and that he shows up. We are in 2011 and everyone deserves freedom of expression.
If you want to support him and be updated, go to aiweiweifilm.org/en
See below his current exhibition at Tate Modern: The Unilever Series, running until May 2nd.
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
Ai Weiwei. He’s an awesome contemporary artist from China. Besides that, he has a deep political engagement against China’s totalitarian government. His profile should be read by everyone in the world! Have a look at it here. His main site is AiWeiwei .
About his artistic work, it seems easily understandable that most of the time it is related with this rowdy political situation.
I’m happy to know that he is going to be the next artist to work for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, Tate’s huge kind of warehouse, at the enter of the gallery. His work will be unveiled on 12 October 2010 and will remain on view until 25 April next year.