View In Room
View In Room
Chinese ink and acrylic painting on canvas, teakwood frame
Dimensions: 141.0cm(H) x 176.0cm(W) / 55.5"(H) x 69.3"(W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
There’s one thing that connects people throughout history: writing. In fact, history is the story of writing; it is Socrates’s nightmare. He warned us early on that writing would only introduce forgetfulness and the illusion of wisdom. As we gain knowledge, we trust the paper to contain it, while the paper can’t argue for what it states. Writing calls for interpretation and reinterpretation – what’s written is inevitably incomplete and can’t be trusted. Writing is as abstract as it gets. Meaning is arbitrary and the function of written words to deliver that meaning is questionable. Let’s not mention Gu Wenda’s pseudo-characters, Cy Twombly’s illegible strokes, forget about the Dada movement, Man Ray’s wordless poem, and the Tang masters’ wild cursive calligraphy. The story of writing is the story mistrust in writing. Books were read, books were burnt. Texts were written, sense was forgotten. Writing down a line is most importantly not the preservation of a thought, but the documentation of the process of thinking. What remains is merely the evidence of life.
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Lives and Works: 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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