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January 3, 2021

Porcelain Smashed Cans — Ming Dynasty Style


From MyModernMet:

Chinese sculptor, painter, photographer, and video artist Lei Xue often explores the innate tension between past tradition and modernity in his diverse body of work.

One series that illustrates this interest in the relationship between the old and the new is Drinking Tea, a creative and comical collection of can sculptures.


Each sculpture has been crafted by Xue to resemble a discarded, crumpled can.

Made out of white porcelain and featuring painted blue patterns and motifs, the pieces are clearly inspired by Ming Dynasty wares, putting a clever, contemporary twist on traditional ceramics.


Like his aesthetic approach, Xue's choice of subject matter — drinking vessels — is also rooted in history.

He compares our consumption of canned drinks to the taking of tea during the Ming Dynasty, noting similarities between the quickness with which we drink and the disregard we have for the vessels themselves.

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In addition to the style and historical context of Drinking Tea, the process behind the porcelain cans also communicates Xue's views on the past and present.

Unlike real cans, the reinterpreted pieces were not mass produced or manufactured in a factory.

Rather, they were sculpted and painted entirely by hand, a practice near and dear to the artist.


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January 3, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


One would look sort of dumb, have to have 3, but 6 would be better.
Let's see, that's 6 x $3,432 = $20,592. Perfect to replace the Elf on the Shelf post-holidays.

Posted by: xoxoxoBruce | Jan 3, 2021 9:35:51 PM

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