I was trying to paint a picture today, but seems the color i was using was just a pigment of my imagination...

 

I stumbled upon Wei Wei almost by mistake when doing some research about oriental furniture, and found his collection of bizarre traditional Chinese furniture mutations, all done in the original techniques used by his ancestors, but with a post modernist twist.

 

 

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Ai Wei Wei - Trans traditional

The only thing I can say against Ai Wei Wei is that I have a queasy feeling about being a fan just for the basic fact everybody loves him these days. He is the trendiest hottest artist to admire. Amazing what a couple of months in a Chinese jail can do to your reputation.
 
I wouldn't say I've become more radical:
I was born radical.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot to admire, and some of his work is pure genius both in concept and execution, but the whole herd mentality is something that I never feel comfortable about. Does it help if I will say I was a fan before anyone knew who he was and started putting graphic posters of his freedom quotes on the walls of their art-café? Of course not. But I was. Really.
 
…the internet is about how to act as an individual and at the same time to reach massive numbers of unknown people . . . I think this changes the structure of society all the time – this kind of massiveness made up of individuals."
 

I stumbled upon Wei Wei almost by mistake when doing some research about oriental furniture, and found his collection of bizarre traditional Chinese furniture mutations, all done in the original techniques used by his ancestors, but with a post modernist twist.

Something in the concept drew me in and I was delighted to find that the rest of his work is just as fresh and coherent, something you rarely find in the art world today.

Ai Wei Wei is a very complex artist, as he is a complex person I am sure, but the end result of his work is so well defined and articulated visually that I might even dare and call it simplistic.

I know that for many collectors, curators, critics and other life forms on the edge of the art world, simplistic is not a very good thing to say about someone, as the fashion dictates that on every piece in a gallery you need at least two thousand words to express the bla bla of the artist and his bla bla that made him bla bla. Lucky I never listen to this people anyway, and even more lucky, it seems Ai Wei Wei feels the same.

 
I don’t like the system"
His work is usually iconic in nature. Creating new meanings using almost found objects , or at least the image of a found object, the anima, in order to say something that is not only a twist but a kind of evolution of the object, a new role in our life, in our consciousness.
 
Only by encouraging individual freedom, or the individual power of the mind, and by trusting our own feelings, can collective acts be meaningful."
 
His famous piece 'sunflower seeds' where he created a beach type landscape made out of ceramic sunflower seeds, manufactured and colored by hand, is a strong statement on so many levels it needs very little explanation.
It is a full sensory experience which brings forth unity, conformity, individuality, perspective, and loss of identity in a tactile and visual tour de force that many modern artists can learn from. And it is whimsical. It is fun.
 
In China, when we grew up, we had nothing . . . But for even the poorest people, the treat or the treasure we'd have would be the sunflower seeds in everybody's pockets.
 
As an activist Wei Wei is a bit less fun, and the work that gets him in trouble with the Chinese government again and again is an important part of this century's development of a new type of china. I will not be surprised if fifty years from now he will be considered a national hero and one of the fathers of the new Chinese nation. Or at least I hope so.
 
It's getting weird, getting crazy.  Every day people from big art museums, foundations, writers, photographers, filmmakers  all come and want to find out what's happening in China"
 

This article is really too short to even try and encompass Wei-Wei's body of work, and just for his architectural endeavors I will need two or three articles more.

My recommendation? Look into this guy. He knows what he is doing, he is doing it extremely well, and the message he is conveying is crucial to our progress as human beings, as individuals, as people who learn from the past and look to the future.

 
Sunflower seeds  http://youtu.be/PueYywpkJW8
Cnn Amanpour  http://youtu.be/xyAeLmN_UjA
Zodiac http://youtu.be/9n3r_1973fw
TED talk http://youtu.be/MVnH8ou3Kd4