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