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Denial And Opportunity

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2019

Chinese ink and acrylic painting on canvas, teakwood frame

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Dimensions: 141cm (H) x 176cm (W) x 6.2cm (D) / 55.5" (H) x 69.3" (W) x 2.4" (D)

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

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Who’s your mama? Mine is the long train of history that has culminated in the new god Science. She’s gentle but firm and that’s exactly the sort of structure I need to succeed. Yummy yummy. She taught me something recently: a theory of verses. The multiverse theory confirms that we live in a universe that is concrete, factually historical, and follows the laws of nature. But also that there are a potentially infinite number of concrete and factually historical universes (or “alterverses”) that exists separate from ours. In other words, there are an infinite number of Shanghais where the old men who walk in the wee hours choose to wear suits instead of pajamas for their morning workout. Shanghais where construction starts at 8:00am instead of 6. Where the Bund is mirrored onto opposite sides of the river. Where the Moganshan graffiti wall stretches for kilometers and is always covered in aerosol love. I dream about those worlds and what they’re like, all stacked against each other like books on a shelf. I wonder if the people there think about what life here is like, and how strange the detached familiarity of this all would be to them. Do you think they would get contemporary art?

EDITION: Unique
DATE: Made in island6, 2019

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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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