shen shaomin: bonsai series shen shaomin: bonsai series
jul 06, 2010

shen shaomin: bonsai series

 

chinese artist shen shaomin connects art, life and craft with mechanics in major installations that cover themes of war, futuristic crisis, scientific abomination and the manipulation of nature. his work uses chinese culture to comment on contemporary ecological issues, politics and technology.

 

shaomin’s ‘bonsai’ series (2007-2009), on show at the 17th biennale of sydney, uses the controlled nature of the traditional bonsai art form to comment on human despoliation of the environment. each ‘living installation’ is accompanied by a description with illustrations showing how each plant has been coerced, or tortured into bizarre configurations. shaomin’s ‘summit‘ is also on show at cockatoo island as part of the biennale.

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wire cable, clamps, metal plates are used to ‘torture’ each bonsai tree into strange positions image © designboom

the components are adjustable and can be moved according to the plant’s growth image © designboom

one plant being pulled length-wise image © designboom

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up close of one of the mechanisms image © designboom

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one of the plants being coerced to grow into an extreme curve image © designboom

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cage like structures on each of the mechanisms aid in controlling the direction in which the bonsai plants grow image © designboom

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the tools used to coerce and torture the plants into bizarre configurations image © designboom

the tools used to coerce and torture the plants into bizarre configurations image © designboom

the tools used to coerce and torture the plants into bizarre configurations image © designboom

  • Disturbing work

    Daniel says:
  • maquinas torturadoras de arboles??
    wtf!!

    carmen says:
  • What a waste of time

    andrea says:
  • It’s a torture to the plant

    Michelle says:
  • Brilliant! Best piece of conceptual art I’ve seen in ages. Haunting. So glad he is having success!

    Jen Silver says:
  • Me duele ver este arte en bonsais, los estan mutilando, no me gusto 🙁

    aldeli says:
  • green bondage

    martial says:
  • theres the truth but its so sadistic and hurtful to watch

    I/I says:
  • I disagree with this, but I respect it. Likewise, the plants do not care about their form, they exist to bring love, and their collective intelligence goes beyond our understanding.

    Martín L. says:
  • very strong work but we have to understand that art and cultural messages can be smaller than abuse like this. sorry.

    misterfa says:
  • bonsais are treasures and pieces of art made by men.. not objects to be tortured by some asshole.

    NC says:

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