Over Thousands: Ai Weiwei and Antony Gormley in Ceramic Perspective

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Ayse Canbolat


Mass production that started with the Industrial Revolution, and the art movements that successively appeared with modernism and the psychological pressure of World Wars I and II affected the artist’s way of expression. This development process in art started with Dada, and was followed by Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art and Neorealism. During this period, the perception of uniqueness of an artwork was surpassed an an object or item from daily life started to be exhibited in art galleries. Artworks were made using an object in a composition, and this tendency started to be used by artists. Two artists who made their projects in ceramics are chosen in the research, and it is discussed why they used thousands of objects, and the conceptual perception of the work through the examples of ‘Sunflower Seeds’ by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and ‘Field in the British Isles’ by English artist Antony Gormley.

Keywords: Ceramic art, Ai Weiwei, Antony Gormley, installation, thousands.


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Canbolat, A. (2017). Over Thousands: Ai Weiwei and Antony Gormley in Ceramic Perspective. New Trends and Issues Proceedings on Humanities and Social Sciences, 4(11), 214-221. https://doi.org/10.18844/prosoc.v4i11.2877