shi jinsong gun shape baby carriage
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dec 11, 2009
shi jinsong gun shape baby carriage


gun shape baby cradle
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shi jinsong’s work is currently part of ‘china – contemporary revival‘,
an exhibition at the palazzo reale, milan, italy.
on display is a selection of more than 180 art works including paintings, sculptures,
installations and videos by 50 contemporary chinese artists.
on show from december 11, 2009 to february 7, 2010.

 

 


details of gun shape baby cradle
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through his razor-sharp sculptures and related works, shi jinsong initiates a dialogue,
at once menacing and ironic, between the forms of mythic chinese culture and modern
day globalization. the here featured work is part of the series ‘na zha’, a sort of brand name
for an outrageously unsafe line of baby products.
meticulously assembled in stainless steel from intricate mechanical drawings, they include
a deadly carriage; a sadistic cradle; a sinister walker; and a malicious, multi-part toy
complete with needle-tipped pacifiers and dismembering abacus. baby boutique confronts
its ‘shopper’ with a radically strange and seductive ‘product’, lethal luxury designed to reveal
the forces that dominate our lives in unimaginable ways.

 

 


detail
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in the work ‘ne zha’ it appears in the disguise of being protective, consoling and decorative,
but its details betray its true function of weapon. it indicates the highest degree of ambiguity
in one’s temperament. it presents and represents. it invites and refuses.

 

 


gun shape baby cradle
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side view
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gun shape baby carriage
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gun shape baby carriage
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gun shape baby carriage
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gun shape baby walker
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gun shape baby walker
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detail of gun shape baby walker
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shi jinsong
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shi jinsong
was born in danyang county, hubei province in 1969, he enrolled at the hubei academy of
fine arts in 1994, majoring in sculpture and mastering a gamut of traditional techniques.
under the influence of three powerful stimuli – radical socio-cultural change in china;
a reading of foucault’s madness and civilization; and the birth of his first daughter -
the artist began to investigate ideas of transformation and control.
he lives and works in wuhan and beijing, china.

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