These pieces from ceramist Shigeki Hayashi are more than a little disturbing. Entitled The Entertainment Ceramics 2, Hayashi aims to explore the Japanese obsession with youth, technology and amusement through his artworks.
These two rows of white suit wearing infants sitting facing each other remind me of baby Stormtroopers.
Implications - Artwork like this plays on the crossroads of technology and culture that is so often at the forefront of contemporary society. By taking a material as familiar as ceramic and turning it to altogether unexpected purposes, artists like Shigeki demonstrate how businesses can use bizarre creations to convey deeper messages. Good advertising should make consumers stop and think and that is definitely the case here.
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