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Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, paper collage, teakwood frame
Dimensions: 102.0cm(H) x 102.0cm(W) x 5.5cm(D) / 40.2"(H) x 40.2"(W) x 2.2"(D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Shel Silverstein led one of the most interesting lives that has been lived in the last century. A college dropout, artist, and writer, one might have expected to find him waiting tables or washing toilets. Instead, he was a soldier, a cartoonist and columnist for playboy, and a playwright before becoming a beloved children’s book author. He didn’t get there using alliteration… but agreeably for almost anyone, he used it after. One poem in particular is the anthem of our age: Standing is Stupid. In this poem, he argues that physical activity is useless and that instead we should spend our time lying down (truly he was ahead of his time). After taking his advice, lying and thinking for what felt like a lifetime, the little mysteries have become elucidated: it’s all in the lights. Those bright lights, those flashing lights—those that make us turn our heads and hold position with mouths hanging open. They’re just…so Shanghai, and their movement almost makes me forget where we are.
DATE: Made in island6, Shanghai 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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