From a massive animal sitting amidst a sprawl of slum housing to a giant man with a hyperrealistic face that nevertheless seems to be more plastic than flesh, jarring contrasts are often used to great effect in establishing the sense of surrealism in the works of Chinese visual artist Liu Di
In Animal Regulation, Liu reevaluates the relationship between civilization and nature by placing gargantuan animals in unexpected urban settings.
Designed by Open Architecture the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art opened in Qinhuangdao, China. “The curvilinear form of UCCA Dune winds over 930 metres underground, and includes multiple galleries, terraces, and viewing areas.. The decision to bury the museum partially underground was an environmentally conscious one. With the museum designed to sit beneath the dunes, the views of the sea are preserved. Unlike many areas along the sea, the area surrounding UCCA Dune will be safe from development, providing a visual sanctuary for sea views for years to come.” via @Minimalissimomag
The story happened in Kyoto, 1872. The geisha Kobayashi and Hideyoshi fell in love with each other, and he became her lover. However, due to the war, they were separated from eachother forever.
This titles video is a prelude to a self-initiated animation short sequence “KIYOMI KOBAYASHI — Sword and fire” created and directed by Yi Le
"This series of works takes the ocean crisis as the topic, based on the Installation to present the ecosystem destruction by human activities. The singular mutation and death of marine life caused by Radiation and genetic modification, also involved elements of natural, polluting and synthetic." - Kim Yeonhee
The design combined with the destruction of raw materials, plastic, metal, and the dark heavy colors and the emotional impact of the destroyed scene, to interpret the "Ocean Rift".
Across the globe, his Porcelain Hamburger will be seen in the bank’s publicity advertisements on print. The image was specifically selected for its representation of a perfect marriage between East and West, the hybrid aesthetics of both cultures, and a perfect ambassador for a bank that serves the world.
Song Wei’s bears are often depicted in everyday situations: eating a lollipop, playing with toys, and even sitting on a toilet bowl. While his works appear joyous, carefree and fun loving, there are undoubtedly deeper meanings behind them. His paintings not only remember his childhood memories and adult experiences, but also reflect the impact of Western merchandise, the changes in Chinese values and mentality, traditions and modernisation, honesty and controversy, capitalism and consumerism, as well as the welding of Eastern and Western cultures in our metropolitan societies.
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Drawing the most feminine parts of the female body as a series of dishes – isn’t that a bit over the top? Trying to fully express women’s desire for sexuality and even its symbolic form, through the tip of a pen – isn’t that a bit audacious?
Claudia Chanhoi, a Hong Kong-born and U.S.-based artist, says most of her creations feature women’s body parts but aren’t only about women’s sexual desire. They also represent the artist herself, a modern straight woman.
Chinese visual designer Xiaolin Zeng was responsible for creating motion titles for Digital Design Days / "OFFF on Tour" Festival went in Milan last week.
"Lyrically called A white house, a growing home, this three-storey family residence, part of a 1940’s row house development in Shanghai, China, has been elegantly renovated by Chinese studio RIGI Design with meticulous attention to detail and thoughtful consideration for the evolving needs of a growing family."
Dutch architecture firm MVRDV along with the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI), have designed China’s massive new library in Tianjin as part of the city’s Binhai Cultural Center and part of a larger urban plan to provide a cultural district for the city.
"Surreal and hyper-realistic, these seemingly contradictory traits have become the signature aesthetic of Xooang Choi‘s sculptures. His approach of incorporating anatomically correct human features – which have all been crafted with excruciating attention to detail – onto his nightmarish creations make each sculpture that much more harrowing. From the head of a Great Dane sewn onto the neck of a life-sized man to a pair of wings formed by disembodied hands, the South Korean artist seems to know no bounds in deforming and contorting familiar human bodies and body parts into deeply disturbing works of art. But through invoking discomfort, Choi’s goal is to draw attention to important societal issues such as human rights, discrimination, and isolation. Scroll down and see more of Choi’s haunting sculptures below."
"Fascinated by anatomy and realistic depiction of human organs, the artist divided classical artworks into pieces showing anatomic details that compose their interiors. Believing that the object’s inner side is as important as the surface, Hui challenges the viewers’ expectations towards the classical sculpture. When assembled, the artworks appear to be predictable, traditional sculpture.." text by Monika Mroz, iGNANT
"At his upcoming exhibition at Prague’s National Gallery, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei continues his investigation into the European refugee crisis. A refugee himself, Ai’s latest body of work has preoccupied him since the onset of the mass migration of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa for Europe in 2015."
"The exhibition, titled “Law of the Journey,” takes place against the backdrop of an Austrian proposal to cut European Union subsidies to member states refusing to participate in the EU’s refugee relocation program. According to Sputnik News, the Czech Republic has been reluctant to accept refugees from Italy and Greece in recent weeks."
Zhuang Hong Yi can best be described as a Chinese, contemporary artist who has impressed audiences in different countries by his unique style in his many pieces of modern art. His works represent beauty, sophistication and a high level of perfection with a clear presence of Chinese influence represented in his use of colours, themes, shapes and materials that touch the heart.
Hong Yi’s concern with environmental issues is reflected in his repetitive use of floral patterns, highlighting the increasing urbanisation of his home country, the ferocious plundering of natural resources and the depopulation of the rural environment.
24 March - 14 April, The Unit London Gallery
Following the success of his first London exhibition in 2015, RAW at the Unit London - Zhuang Hong Yi returns to the gallery with RAW II offering another chance to witness this artist’s captivating and iridescent works.
Young photographer and designer Jennifer Bin explores the place she lives and works - Shanghai. Her preferred location of shooting is a rooftop of any building, and speaking in terms of Chinese "San Francisco", any location that reminds an upcoming movie "Ghost in the Shell". To get more information about the body of her work, please check the artist's interview on 500px
Johnson Tsang (previously) is an exceptional artist who skilfully combines figurative sculptural techniques with surreal portrayals. His latest series ‘Lucid Dream’ consists of sculptures of human heads in strangely transformed representations. The sculptures were made of porcelain representing different faces or personalities in a variety of weird situations. The complete series could be seen at Hong Kong’s Sculpture Biennial 2016.
Urbanist and media artist JT Singh has captured the vibrance and massive scale of Shanghai’s skyline, streets, and infrastructure through a series of experimental projects viewed by millions (This is Shanghai, Walk in Shanghai, etc); hence, contributing greatly to the city's growing global status. With this new film, he turns to the Shanghai of its residents, the lives that revolve not around the city’s 4000 skyscrapers, but around the simpler ways of living, the local charm, and the familiar corner.