Hu Shaoming's Upside-Down Metropolis

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Chinese sculptor Hu Shaoming used steel components from everyday life: buttons, metal collars, handles, utensils and other random pieces to construct this incredible upside-down city entitled "Umbrella." There are around 2,000 separate buildings in the piece and each structure features its own architecture. "...Though Shaoming reflects on the loss of traditional Chinese culture as a whole. The parasol being a symbol of the past, the buildings grow further from it whith time."

Ying Gao's Photoluminescent Eye Tracking Dresses

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 27, 2013
Chinese designer Ying Gao's (NO)WHERE (NOW)HERE series features two dresses made of photoluminscent thread that are fitted with imbedded eye-tracking technology activate by a spectator's gaze. We recommend you watch the video after the jump to see them in action...

Spatial Paintings by Xia Xiawan

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 10, 2013
Chinese artist Xia Xiaowan's 3D painting works on panes of glass are called "spatial paintings," and often feature distorted figures, drawn individually using colored pencil on tinted glass. Only when the multiple pieces are combined on their floor racks do the images create the hologram-like effect.

Ai Weiwei's "Bang" @ 2013 Venice Art Biennale

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 10, 2013
In the last several weeks Ai Weiwei has produced several new artworks, from a heavy metal music video, a large-scale diorama depicting his imprisonment, to an installation of 150 tons of straightened rebar taken from schools that had collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. He also designed the cover for Time Magazine. At the 2013 Venice Art Biennale, Weiwei produced another installation, this once featuring 886 antique wooden stools!

Liu Bolin's Gun Rack Performance

Juxtapoz // Friday, June 07, 2013
The one and only Liu Bolin (aka The Invisible Man) recently performed a pre-show performance entitled Gun Rack at Eli Klein Fine Art Gallery in New York. The show, Mask, opened at the gallery today. More photos and a video after the jump!

Heatherwick Studio's UK Pavilion @ Shanghai Expo 2010

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 05, 2013
We were browsing the interwebs (we do a lot of that) and happened upon a photograph of Thomas Heatherwick's UK Pavilion from the Shanghai Expo 2010. This led us to discover many of Heatherwick studio's other projects as well! So, this morning we bring you a collection of their work and a video about the very cool looking UK Pavilion.

Books: "Republic" by Ren Hang

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 29, 2013
A few weeks ago we featured the photographs of Chinese artist Ren Hang. The controversial photographer, whose work is banned throughout most of his native country, has a new book entitled Republic for sale. Le Journal de la Photographie had a short conversation with the artist about his new book, providing us with some wonderful thoughts on censorship and nudity.

Ai WeiWei Releases Heavy Metal Music Video

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 22, 2013
This morning rebel/activist/dissident/badass Chinese artist Ai Weiwei released a heavy metal single and music video on his website. The video and song, entitled Dumbass, features re-creations from his 81 days of detention. Also portraying the rock star fantasies he imagines his guards having, Ai Weiwei told the Guardian that his country was one of "crazy menace and inhuman conditions" and that the video shows an "inch-accurate" recreation of the cell, down to the wallpaper. "...stand on the frontline like a dumbass, in a country that puts out like a hooker. The fields are full of fuckers, dumbasses are everywhere... Fuck forgiveness, tolerance be damned, to hell with manners, the low-life's invincible." - Dumbass

Photographs by Ren Hang

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 17, 2013
Beijing-based photographer Ren Hang's images are uncensored, erotic, dirty, raw, somewhat deranged... you get the point. His work is censored in China but he has a growling list of international shows. He's pretty badass and doesn't seem to have a limit, and the images we chose are even toned down a bit compared to some of the others on his website which you should check out. They cast light on an otherwise shadowy Chinese underground youth culture, where lust and indulgence run as rampant as anywhere else in the world

Caution: Penis Under Construction

Street Art // Monday, May 06, 2013
China’s position on censorship is undoubtedly strong on a range of serious and silly issues, so it’s surprising that the world’s largest penis is currently being “erected” there. Well, no purposely. Some scaffolding and a certain angle can create an interesting perspective when looking at the future headquarters for the Chinese newspaper, The People’s Daily. Predictably, photos of the building have been censored many places online, particularly in China. 

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