Crushed Cans Sculpted in the Traditional Style of Ming Dynasty Porcelain

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Chinese sculptor, painter, photographer, and video artist Lei Xue often explores the innate tension between past tradition and modernity in his diverse body of work.

image credit: Lei Xue

One series that illustrates this interest in the relationship between the old and the new is Drinking Tea, a creative and comical collection of can sculptures.

image credit: Lei Xue

Each sculpture has been crafted by Xue to resemble a discarded, crumpled can. Made out of white porcelain and featuring painted blue patterns and motifs.

image credit: Lei Xue

The pieces are clearly inspired by Ming Dynasty wares, putting a clever, contemporary twist on traditional ceramics.

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These were sculpted and painted completely by hand, and you can see more of Lei Xue’s beautiful artwork on Artsy as well as the website for the Gallery Martina Deterrer.

image credit: Lei Xue

Xue’s views on the past and present. Unlike real cans, the reinterpreted pieces were not mass produced or manufactured in a factory.