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Exaggerated Toy Tumbler Sculptures

The Eric So x Ai Weiwei Collaboration Pays Tribute to Artistry

— January 30, 2013 — Art & Design
Eric So x Ai Weiwei sculptures reference the artists ongoing nude studio portrait series.

The series is entitled 'Aibudao,' which in Chinese means 'unlovable.' The toy designer and artist and political activist created these sculptures, which are intended to be a self portrait of Weiwei himself. They feature a very robust man in the nude with exaggerated features and disheveled hair. Each of the identical four sculptures are set up in a diagonal formation and are made of different colored fiberglass. The quote accompanying the series states, "As artists, we are destined to be challenged by persistence and finding the true meaning of creativity." This alludes to the artist's ongoing commitment and perseverance throughout his career within the art world.

The Eric So x Ai Weiwei sculptures are currently being displayed at the Singapore Museum of Art and Design’s booth, C2-02.
Trend Themes
1. Exaggerated Toy Tumbler Sculptures - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Exploring the use of exaggerated features and unconventional materials in sculpture to challenge traditional artistic norms.
2. Nude Studio Portrait Series - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Exploring the boundaries of self-expression and challenging societal perceptions of nudity through art.
3. Ongoing Commitment and Perseverance - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Emphasizing the importance of persistence and dedication to creativity in the art industry to inspire new forms of artistic expression.
Industry Implications
1. Toy Design - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Incorporating exaggerated elements and unconventional materials in toy design to create unique and visually striking products.
2. Art Galleries - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Embracing unconventional and thought-provoking artwork, such as the Eric So x Ai Weiwei sculptures, to attract a wider range of visitors and challenge traditional notions of art.
3. Artistic Activism - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Harnessing the power of art to raise awareness about social and political issues, as exemplified by Ai Weiwei's sculptures, to inspire change and foster dialogue.
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