At a time when fakes and knock-offs are a complicated fact of consumerism and the luxury market, Liao Yibai's hand-welded large-scale sculptures are testimony to the power of the brand. Shoes, watches, handbags and jewellery are just some of the products on offer, created so that we may fill an emotional need we won't always admit to having. These shots from Yibai's Chongqing, China studio shows him preparing for a fall exhibition in New York.
Artist: Liao Yibai
Real Fake opens at Mike Weiss Gallery in New York on September 10th, 2010.