Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Last year Chinese artist Li Xiaofeng was asked by Lacoste to create two different polo shirts for the 2010 Holiday Collector’s Series. Xiaofeng is a sculptor with an unusual choice of materials — he buys shards of broken porcelain recovered from ancient archeological digs, and then shapes and polishes them, drilling holes into each corner and linking them together with silver wire to create 'rearranged landscapes'. Since the two Lacoste polos would have to be shipped out of China, Xiaofeng decided to create new shards especially for the project, as China forbids the export of ancient artefacts — including porcelain shards. Bowls painted with designs inspired by early Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644 AD) and the Kangxi Period (1662 - 1772 AD) of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD) were fired and then broken and reformed into the extraordinary works of art you see here. I've posted other examples of his work — ones that use antique shards — for comparison's sake, too. More here. Via Yatzer.
(photography by Miko He)