“Manga Ormolu”: Brendan Tang Blends Classic Ceramic With Mecha

In a hybrid series titled “Manga Ormulu”, Brendan Lee Satish Tang Successfully combines fine antiques with a bit of pop-culture. Vases in Ming-Dynasty style are fused with partial mecha objects seen in futuristic Japanese anime and manga (“Mecha” are robotic vehicles controlled by a human pilot). Manga Ormolu opens a dialogue on contemporary culture, technology, and globalization through a fabricated relationship between ceramic tradition (using the form of Chinese Ming dynasty vessels) and techno-Pop Art.

Manga ormolu: Brendan Tang blends classic ceramic with mecha

The futuristic update of the Ming vessels in this series recalls 18th century French gilded ormolu, where historic Chinese vessels were transformed into curiosity pieces for aristocrats. But here, robotic prosthetics inspired by anime (Japanese animation) and manga (the beloved comics and picture novels of Japan) subvert elitism with the accessibility of popular culture.

Manga ormolu: Brendan Tang blends classic ceramic with mecha

 

Manga ormolu: Brendan Tang blends classic ceramic with mecha

 

Manga ormolu: Brendan Tang blends classic ceramic with mecha

 

Manga ormolu: Brendan Tang blends classic ceramic with mecha

 

Manga ormolu: Brendan Tang blends classic ceramic with mecha
A massive Charles X dore bronze and Chinese Export porcelain jardenier. The porcelain late 1700’s Chinese. The Ormolu early 1800’s French.

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