0

Ai Weiwei Debuts His First Jewelry Collection #ArtTuesday

NewImage

Via T The New York Times Style Magazine.

Ai Weiwei is not the type of artist you expect to work small. His most celebrated installations have been created on an epic scale: works made from 99 tons of steel, say, or 8 million sunflower seeds. So the news that the 58-year-old Chinese artist and activist has been secretly working on a collection of jewelry, which launched in London this week, might come as something of a surprise. Is he going in a new direction?

“Not in the least,” Weiwei laughed when T interviewed him in Berlin, where he is currently a visiting professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. “I have always loved jewelry — the history and aesthetic of it, the sense of past. We have been dressing ourselves with it since the Neolithic times, and that has always fascinated me. It’s our connection to that piece, what it says about us, what we feel about it — the story.”

Weiwei’s collection, “Rebar in Gold,” is available at Elisabetta Cipriani, a London gallery that for the past six years has specialized in creating “wearable art” with international artists including Giorgio Vigna, Jannis Kounellis and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Weiwei’s jewelry takes root from his investigation into the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake, which led to the death of 90,000 people, many of whom were children trapped under the metalwork of the badly constructed “tofu-dreg schools.” When he visited the site following the quake, he was so moved and outraged by the devastation that he collected 200 tons of contorted steel bars from the rubble. Back in his studio, Weiwei and his team straightened them and used them in his now-iconic artwork “Straight,” which showed at the 2013 Venice Biennale and is currently on view at the Royal Academy in London. (His human-rights and consciousness-raising work has won him awards and honors, but at a cost: over the past decade alone he has been brutally beaten, fined, placed under house arrest and imprisoned.)

Read more.


Screenshot 4 2 14 11 48 AMEvery Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!


Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 16,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7:30pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers – CircuitPython.org


Maker Business — How to start, manage, and fund a paid membership program

Wearables — Cheap wigs FTW

Electronics — Design for test!

Biohacking — Vitamin-C + Gelatin for Accelerated Recovery

Python for Microcontrollers — Ports, app updates – CLUEs in the NEWs and more! #Python #Adafruit #CircuitPython @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF @Adafruit

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Physical Event Notifiers, Particle deprecates Particle Mesh and More! #Adafruit #IoT @Adafruit @AdafruitIO

Microsoft MakeCode — Through the Classroom Door with LEGO Line Follower!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.