Liao Yibai’s – Unique Metal Art

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I love Liao Yibai’s metal work. His pieces can be seen at Mike Weiss Gallery, “Made in China” is a collection of twenty-two stainless steel sculptures divided into three sections: Fake Antiques, Fake Evidence, and Legends. The series pokes fun at China’s history of power struggles, misinformation and attempts to re-write its own past. Each piece is hand-welded and placed upon a pseudo-antique pedestal, claiming a position of authenticity that alludes to the thriving fake antique industry in China.

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Many of the works are replications of vases and heirlooms dating back to the Ming, Qing and Yuan dynasties. Yibai then gives them a clever modern twist by adding details like nuclear clouds, swine flu viruses and acid rain.

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One of the pieces, Chairman’s Chair, is a large throne pierced with arrows and supposedly represents “the artist’s wry summation of 5,000 years of China’s history and its constant struggle for power.”

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