Shi Jinsong, Blade Series

Shi Jinsong
China, b. 1969

left to right:
Blade No. 3, 2003
Blade No. 1, 2003
Blade No. 2, 2003
Stainless steel, chain, angle iron, and glass
Yuz Foundation Collection

In this series, Shi Jinsong transforms logos from corporate giants—many, like those featured here, hailing from the West—into sharp blades, creating sculptural weapons that are both luxurious and violent. Strongly influenced by Buddhism, the artist is highly critical of materialism, and addresses his concerns over material attachment in his works.