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November 17, 2010 7:20 AM   Subscribe

Traditional patterns exquisitely turned into objects of little worth l car | tv | polo shirts by Li Xiaofeng | Twisted porcelain | The Porcelain War Museum and more by Charles Krafft | Manga Ormolu by Brendan Tang | Ming meets the tin can by Lei Xue.

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Clickable gallery of Frank Krafft's work

Ma Jun's FaceBook gallery

Urn with Coca cola logo by Ai Weiwei.

posted by nickyskye (7 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

When you click the Next button here you reach a page titled "The End of the Internet" and then you die, because you have seen everything.
posted by DU at 7:23 AM on November 17, 2010 [2 favorites]

that polo shirt seems rather impractical for playing polo.
posted by delmoi at 7:51 AM on November 17, 2010

Clever, but this is kind of a one-trick pony, yes?

Delmoi: think of it as armor.
posted by leotrotsky at 8:16 AM on November 17, 2010

DU: no, first you'd have to fill it with juice.
posted by leotrotsky at 8:18 AM on November 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

One-trick pony? [Your favorite artist] was a one-trick pony, my friend. Even porcelain dishes alone are pretty exquisite, delicate and beautiful to look at, they attest to the time and care put into their making, even if they're all just a buncha fuckin' dishes.

Crumpled cans, televisions, guns? ... I would like to see these in a dining-room china-cabinet, somewhere.
posted by not_on_display at 9:02 AM on November 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

This is done to stunning and non-ironic effect by Ah Xian, who creates life sized porcelain figures and busts then has them decorated by regional craftspeople. His full size cloisonné figure (cloisonné explained for those unaware of the work involved) is breathtaking.
posted by fire&wings at 9:32 AM on November 17, 2010 [3 favorites]

Thank you fire&wings for the excellent contribution to the thread. Those sculptures by Ah Xian are really beautiful.
posted by nickyskye at 4:16 PM on November 17, 2010

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