Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Your Label Is Showing

What do you get when you combine Margie Kelk, Zhong Kui, and popular "designer labels"..? An exhibition from 1 of my favorite artists showing the exploitation of a beautiful hard working nation. Kelk feels this collection of work "combines artwork with photography, and focuses on the social and environmental problems", which she feels, "are the results of China’s extremely rapid launch into the current world of mechanization and industrialization." The drawings of Zhong Kui poke fun at the Chinese ability to offer counterfeit goods to an unsuspecting audience.

Zhong Kui - Designer Ghost Killer (Labels: Prada, Dior, Yves St. Laurent)
For those of you who aren't familiar with the warrior, Zhong Kui, he's celebrated throughout China for his heroic feats of ghost killing. his image is often painted on household gates as a guardian spirit, as well as in places of business where high-value goods are involved. I completely agree with Margie Kelk that it is very important to recognize China’s environmental and social problems in light of the conservation and human rights issues affecting so many of us in today’s world, not only in China, but everywhere even in America.

Zhong Kui - Designer Ghost Killer (Yves St. Laurent)

Zhong Kui - Designer Ghost Killer (Louis Vuitton Handbag)

To view the rest of this amazing collection and for more information on Margie Kelk, including her other collections as well, visit:


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