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Sculptures Created with the Help of Bees

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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Chinese artist Ren Ri is creating sculptures in collaboration with bees. He’s given up control of the final creative process, using chance and the bee’s innate industriousness to create a series of pieces based on the wax cells of the honeycomb. [Read more...]

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These Clothing Sculptures Let You Take the City With You

Monday 05.19.2014 , Posted by
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There’s packing for a trip, and then there’s this. Popping out of soft shell luggage we see towering city blocks, skyscrapers and bridges in a rainbow of colors. It’s as if someone packed up the city and brought it along. The works are part of Chinese artist Yin Xiuzhen’s series Portable City, and fittingly, each piece is made from second-hand clothing. [Read more...]

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Hua Tunan’s Splashing New Work!

Saturday 04.12.2014 , Posted by
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Hua Tunan has emerged significantly since we first covered his explosive paintings a year and half ago. The Foshan based artist has recently released new work through the Edge Creative Collective, and it might be even more eye catching than before. [Read more...]

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You’ll Never Believe That These Are Ballpoint Pen Drawings

Tuesday 03.04.2014 , Posted by
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Based in Shanghai,China, Wang 2mu (二木 王) is pretty handy with a ballpoint pen. The illustrator works mostly with blue and red ink to create intricately detailed designs that look as though they could be digital. His themes revolve around technology, childhood nostalgia, and domestic culture. The level of saturation and three dimensionality that he achieves with simple ballpoint pens is unbelievable. [Read more...]

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Chineasy: A Building Block Way to Learn Chinese

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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The Chinese language is filled with a vast number of complex characters, and is thus known for being one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn. China is a growing country, both in population and commerce. It won’t be long before people around the world will find a need to speak Chinese, as tech innovation makes the distance between the East and West smaller. Understanding the difficult task of learning Chinese, London-based Chinese language teacher Shao Lan created Chineasy — a website and system that allows people to read and learn Chinese easier by recognizing characters through simple illustrations and videos.  [Read more...]

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Pitch Your Tent! An International Camping Festival in China Promotes a Green Ethos

Friday 10.11.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re curious if people from mainland China do any camping, here is a festival that shows just how the the Chinese engage in the outdoors. In this most populated and vast country, Chinese citizens don’t always find the time for such leisure – as their work ethic and earnings often take priority over other activities. Although, with an increasing youthful, adventurous population, and rising disposable incomes, recreational activities such as snowboarding, camping and hiking are becoming more popular in the mainland. [Read more...]

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East Meets West: Zhu Jinshi’s ‘Boat’ Installation

Monday 04.01.2013 , Posted by

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It’s a huge structure, but it weighs only a small fraction of most things its size. That’s because the floating tube featured here is built out of 8,000 sheets of rice paper, 800 shafts of bamboo, and cotton. Chinese abstract artist Zhu Jinshi installed the 12-meter long hanging structure, called Boat, last month at Art13 London, a new international art fair where the highly experiential piece featured as the centerpiece for the show. [Read more...]

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Eclectic Mosaics by Chinese Artist Hong Hao

Friday 03.08.2013 , Posted by

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Hong Hao is considered one of China’s most famous contemporary artists today. Born in 1965, Hong Hao received his formal arts education from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, where he earned a degree in printmaking in 1989. A professional artist since 1978, Hao makes his home in Beijing, China. This month he will be exhibiting a selection of his extensive work at the Pace Gallery in Beijing from March 16-April 27. [Read more...]

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Landfill Photography: Classic Chinese Landscape Style

Wednesday 02.27.2013 , Posted by

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Once filled with nothing but beautiful, natural, mountainous, tree-filled landscapes, the now over-populated China has some views that aren’t quite so serene: landfills. To contrast the idyllic past with the realistic present, Chinese artist Yao Lu photographed the landfills, covered in green netting, then digitally manipulated the photos to look like the familiar vintage landscapes in traditional paintings. He adds mist, trees, and buildings to the heaps of rubbish, making them appear beautiful and serene until you look closely enough to realize that they are not actually mountains. [Read more...]

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Anatomical Stacking Sculpture Classics

Tuesday 02.26.2013 , Posted by

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You know the anatomical models every doctor seems to have on their side table? That model of the inner ear canal or the pregnant mother’s womb complete with unborn baby, for example? If you’ve ever played around with one, you’ll realize that it’s made of heavy resin pieces stacked together like a human puzzle. These new artworks by the famous Chinese artist Cao Hui are a lot like those models… just imagine your doctor was a classic sculpture fanatic too. [Read more...]

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