L.A. STREET ART: LENIN

An excerpt from Fairfax by Night online: http://www.fairfaxbynight.com/lenin-sculpture-at-ace-museum-on-la-brea-ave/

A work of the Gao Brothers from China, the Lenin Sculpture is another piece in their progression of provocative art. The artists have included several elements that show this controversial figure in a new light for the world of art. With a vivid chrome finish, the metal sculpture is constructed from horizontal sections that were purposefully staggered to make up this very thought provoking likeness of ruthless Russian dictator Vladimir Lenin. As such a well know person, the artists’ decision to give his face a chrome finish takes the focus away from Lenin, and to the sculpture’s context by allowing the reflections to highlight the immediate surroundings instead of Lenin in an appropriately demeaning fashion. The staggered sections represent his broken and destructive legacy that brought so much turmoil to Russia. Atop is a very playful inclusion of baby holding a balance stick on top of Lenin’s protruding head, as if walking a tight rope of his disastrous and risky Marxist ideals.

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22mar14. Los Angeles, CA.

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