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These Magnus Gjoen Ceramics are Beautifully Morbid

 - Jun 2, 2013
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Magnus Gjoen's vintage blue and white Victorian china ammunition pieces transform gruesome weaponry into alluringly fragile works of pottery.

The contrasting juxtaposition between the hand-painted blue and white china dishware patterns with the forms of military weapons is a bizarre one, but seems to work here. While the two notions don't necessarily go together, it's hard not to look at these exquisite ceramic weapons as art. The blue and white patterns depict classic Victorian china images of mythological tales, aristocrats, goddesses and flowers. While these images of joy are painted onto killing weapons, Magnus Gjoen subverts objects that cause pain into beautiful works of art that any collector would proudly hang in their home, despite the fact that their guns.