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Tft display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, media player, teakwood frame
Dimensions: 51cm (H) x 51cm (W) / 20.1" (H) x 20.1" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Shanghai wakes up suddenly from its peaceful slumber. The familiar summer heat spreads throughout the city as the sun rises like a theatrical spotlight exclaiming a new day is about to begin. The view outside my window quickly becomes overwhelming as the art deco stylized forms intertwine with electrical wires above. A construction worker and his lunch, ride a Hellobike to work. A mother with two young girls speeds by on the way to Tianmu West Lu School (天目西路幼儿园). A pair of real estate agents have already started working at the office. While one of the neighbors seems to be in the market for a new Oppo phone. I heard those are great for selfies. I’m fascinated by stories that unravel in close proximity. The ways in which neighbors interact or pass each other by...Becomes the ultimate crossover of intimacy and distance. It’s the organized nature of compact Shikumen. An old lady takes a seat by her front door. It’s wide open. She likes to watch what happens on 81 Qingdao Lu as she knits for her grandkids. They like the color blue. Yves Klein’s blue. I believe the upstairs neighbor likes the color red by her display of intimate garments drying on the clothesline for everyone to enjoy. Have you ever thought about your neighbors witnessing much of your everyday life? They may have access to the surface, but only you know what lies behind closed curtains. In a way, it’s a delicate balance of courtesy. I shut my blinds and drift off to sleep for a few more minutes. The day can wait.
Based in: Shanghai
island6 六岛 (Liu Dao) is a Shanghai-based collective of tech-geeks and creative talents whose driving force is collaboration. Since its inception in 2006, this dynamic international group has produced multimedia art that muses on the relationship between the delicate qualities of traditional art and the technical complexities of the contemporary. Artists from diverse disciplines converge to contemplate the past, present, and future of China through their humorous and innovative new media work. Their unique collaborative philosophy explores the cultural potential of the convergence of art, technology, and science in their quest to promote cross-cultural dialogue. Liu Dao's ever expanding repertoire includes works in diverse mediums such as LED art, video art, interactive art, neon, photography, painting, sculpture, and dynamic laser art, among others.
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