October 15, 2010

"Real Fake" by Liao Yibai

Chinese artist Liao Yibai currently has his "Real Fake" show exhibiting at two galleries in Chelsea right now, both of which I got to visit last week. Artwork that inspires conversations of branding, consumerism, and counterfeit culture are neither new or novel these days, but nonetheless, relevant and something I, in particularly, am pretty much always willing to discuss and explore ad nauseam. I think Yibai's sculptures are not just beautiful, but very literally interpreted the level of luxury that consumers tend to seek with high-end brands. Of course, that very notion is turned on its head when contrasted with nature and tongue-in-cheek plays on logos and branding.











Photos taken by me with a Canon 5D/50mm lens

What do you think of the pieces? How do you feel about Yibai's artistic statements, through his collection, on counterfeit culture?

View REAL FAKE at:
Mike Weiss Gallery | 520 West 24th Street, Chelsea, New York | Open until October 30th, 2010
ATM Gallery | 542 West 24th Street, Chelsea, New York | Open Until October 30th, 2010

14 comments:

  1. wow these are stunning! its interesting because this artist could easily put their talent towards making jewelry and such in the same manner, but chose to make these statements instead. I think its wonderful. Shows depth about meaning of value. (I think?)

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  2. oh my goodness how impressive! i love that heel, so creative.

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  3. All I can say is that these are absolutely beautiful and artistic. Are these pieces for sale? I would be intersted to know the prices range off the record. What material are they made of?

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  4. I love the first one with the diamond on top of the present and the Cinderlla shoe! Thanks for sharing these are lovely. Beautiful photos also. xo

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  5. oh my god i'm need to go see this in person! thanks so much for sharing. i can't wait - this looks incredible!

    thanks for the comment, girl! i'm absolutely lovingggg your blog. keep it up - i'm following!

    x

    http://fashionhash.blogspot.com/

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  6. proof we all see things differently! Margot, what you saw as a present, I saw as a perfume bottle! Kind of a patchwork of Dior Cherie, classic perfume stops, and Tiffany's.

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  7. Gorgeous. I find it a bit disconcerting that pieces about consumerism bring out the consumer in me.

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  8. These are incredible. I'm still marveling at the detail and visual impact of each piece. I'd love to see these in person. I wonder what the chances of these showing in Australia would be? *fingers crossed*

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  9. Eli: You're absolutely right. His craft is obviously so skilled that he could very well make ornate, detailed, brilliant pieces of jewelry or other fine metalwork for consumption. It would be interesting to know how much he makes for his art! That would definitely impact a lot of my view on the "art for arts sake" versus "product for consumption" argument. Seeing as they made their way from China to New York City, Australia doesn't seem like too much of a stretch!


    Alicia: They're beautiful! Not sure if you can see, but the underside of the heel has the Chanel logo (interlocking C's) and then "CHANNEL" written on it.

    Afi: I have no idea if they're available for sale, and how much, but considering the size and material... Oh, scary thought. Migraine.

    Julia: I'll take approximately 1 luxury branded birdie filled tree, please.

    The Curvy Dress: Obama dollars!

    Hannah: Thank you!! Love yours as well.

    Joy21: It's funny, right? It's almost subliminal advertising...

    Soph: Seeing them in person is definitely a different experience. The scale of them alone is impressive and impacting. The trees are lifesize, and then the height of the watch is nearly eye-level.

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  10. Dripping with luxury - with an eye for all that shines. The surface is more important that the contents... Thanks for letting me know about this incredible artist. What is the material used? Silver, stainless steel? other?

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  11. Eli: You're absolutely right. His craft is obviously so skilled that he could very well make ornate, detailed, brilliant pieces of jewelry or other fine metalwork for consumption. It would be interesting to know how much he makes for his art! That would definitely impact a lot of my view on the "art for arts sake" versus "product for consumption" argument. Seeing as they made their way from China to New York City, Australia doesn't seem like too much of a stretch!


    Alicia: They're beautiful! Not sure if you can see, but the underside of the heel has the Chanel logo (interlocking C's) and then "CHANNEL" written on it.

    Afi: I have no idea if they're available for sale, and how much, but considering the size and material... Oh, scary thought. Migraine.

    Julia: I'll take approximately 1 luxury branded birdie filled tree, please.

    The Curvy Dress: Obama dollars!

    Hannah: Thank you!! Love yours as well.

    Joy21: It's funny, right? It's almost subliminal advertising...

    Soph: Seeing them in person is definitely a different experience. The scale of them alone is impressive and impacting. The trees are lifesize, and then the height of the watch is nearly eye-level.

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  12. These are incredible. I'm still marveling at the detail and visual impact of each piece. I'd love to see these in person. I wonder what the chances of these showing in Australia would be? *fingers crossed*

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