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Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, indonesian merbau wood frame
Dimensions: 120cm (H) x 120cm (W) x 5.5cm (D) / 47.2" (H) x 47.2" (W) x 2.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Existence is predicated on mistakes. From what Bob Ross called “happy accidents” and semi-surprised expecting mothers call “whoopsies” come the marked signs that life exists. You and I are the products of billions of years’ worth of accidents—mutations, circumstances, and timing all perfect for you to be born and survive long enough to be standing in an art gallery in Shanghai, reading this caption. There’s a certain peace of looking down into the chaos and giving up the comforting illusion of control. The truth is, history is merely a record of past mistakes so that we may make better mistakes in the future. There’s no such thing as avoiding mistakes altogether. And if we must make mistakes, we should at least make them our own. Original mistakes are the ones that are remembered. For example, the accidental discovery of the x-ray by Wilhem Roentgen and his very curious hands on his cathode ray tube. Or the 1631 King James Bible that read in Exodus 20:14: “Thou shalt commit adultery” (“honey, you gotta believe me…”). Even Van Gogh’s swirlies were inspired by constant vertigo caused by his Meniere's disease. Mistakes are everywhere, and they are beautiful.
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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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