Monday, November 29, 2010

Crawl 2010: Ying / Yang

Note: three red dots.

Ban Wei is another rule breaker who makes breaking the rules work for him. I could see the plus and minus of his decision to show work that was not for sale, very tactile and visually alluring. Ban was offering lovely black and white ink drawings for sale in his studio, and they appeared to be selling well. Unable to hide another project he was working on, he put it on display. The display consisted of two table tops full of tiny ceramic pieces that will be assembled into a whole.

The table fulls of ceramic artifacts were highly appealing to visitors. Everyone who came it, looked first at these tables, then the ink work. Is that a good idea or not? The ceramic work was either a fabulous attractor that worked for Ban, or it was a distraction from the work offered for sale. It all depends on your point of view. Overall, I think their inclusion worked for Ban because they provided another stimulus for visitors that offered them another portal into a conversation with Ban.

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