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Circular Koi

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2020

Rgb led display, sand & resin coating, teak wood frame

Edition of 8

Dimensions: 124.6cm (H) x 124.6cm (W) / 49.1" (H) x 49.1" (W)

Diameter: 124.6cm / 49.1"

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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In ancient and contemporary art, fish are symbols of transformation and permanence. Carp and Water Weeds by Yōgetsu, shows the heavy brevity that such pieces have; simple, the dual carp fish swim in a weedy pond while a Daoist poem floats above. Created in a tradition of master-pupil relationships, this piece is grounded in a commitment to incremental change. In Paul Klee’s Fish Magic, he takes the fish out of water and puts them somewhere in between the Earth and the stars where time is waiting to be unveiled. He places the fish among flowers, suns, and faces, positing fish as a symbol of nonconformity possessing a transcendental ability against physical and psychical limiting factors such as space and time. This is congruent with Daoist rationality and inspires a conception of the limitless potential that comes with advanced technology. Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Still Living sees him suspend a tiger shark in formaldehyde. This shows to his audience that preservation is a mental construct, that even the fastest and most powerful predators one day end. Hirst’s piece is yet another congruency with Daoist notions of preservation and permanence by also indicating the preserving power that comes from the integration of computer systems with daily life.

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Artist Profile

Born: 2006

Hometown: Shanghai

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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