Taikkun Li: Chinese Ceramics Made Modern
Taikkun Li paints traditional motifs and landscapes onto porcelain cola bottles, bridging east and west in one extraordinary object. An interdisciplinary artist, Li works in industrial design, fine arts, ceramics, film and video.
Li’s bottles are painted with a scene reminiscent of the Ming Dynasty’s famous blue and white ceramics — deftly combining old and new, East and West. His work blurs the boundaries of design, sculpture, ceramics, film, and photography, with an emphasis on combining modern global branding and traditional Chinese design.
His work recently joined that of Ai Weiwei, Liu Wei and other contemporary Chinese artists in a 2016 exhibition at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, while other exhibitions include Milan Design Week, a video installation at UNESCO (Beijing) and international screenings of his documentary film, Lost Dream of Beijing. Li’s art has been covered by GEO, Fast Company, Core77 and Inhabitat. A 2009 graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Li holds a BFA in ceramics.
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