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Chinese ink and acrylic painting on canvas, teakwood frame
Dimensions: 141.0cm(H) x 176.0cm(W) x 6.5cm(D) / 55.5"(H) x 69.3"(W) x 2.6"(D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
What’s the first thing you think about when you hear the phrase “abstract Chinese art”? Is it Wang Dongling’s gestural calligraphy? Is it Zhang Huan covering himself in fish oil and honey and letting bugs crawl over his body? Or maybe it’s more recent, Wang Tiande’s paintings under burned paper, allowing for a modified and limited viewing of classically styled Chinese art. Whatever you think of, the mantra is always the same. Form over content. Process over product. And they’re right, borrowing from a Daoist tradition that is so ziran, so natural. Do what you’ve practiced, do what feels right and don’t force a thing that doesn’t need to be forced. It’s funny though—the very specificity that these artists choose not to rely on becomes in itself disclosive. The practiced naturalness of their movements tell us about their pasts, broadly and in detail. In the aggressive wrist flicks that send paint flying to spatter onto canvases. In the patient drips onto canvas as they envision one here, three there, a little on that side, and not so much in the third-quarter. In the massive strokes that were their childhoods, their first marriages, their mother’s words…it all comes through, somehow. And as Eric Liu says, “We’re all better off…when we’re all better off”.
DATE: Made in island6, 2019
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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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