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Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, paper collage, teakwood frame
Dimensions: 102cm (H) x 102cm (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.
I’ve never been to Macao, but I have been to the back-room of my regular pool hall. I love gambling. There’s an allure to it, a glamour in the chance that when the cards are down, I could be walking out with lady luck at my side. I bet on nearly everything I can—mahjong, snooker, western elections— but for me it’s not about winning or losing. Gambling itself is an artform, and it’s the process that really matters. Some would disagree. Through artworks and writing, others tell a story of the gambles we make in our everyday lives. They might say that every decision we make has an amount of risk to it, but also some calculation. This approach of living as gambling is romantic and optimistic with apparent confidence that the odds can be consistently beaten. I’m not so sure of either—that people act rationally or that there is always a chance of winning. The process is always reliable though, with open arms and open palms.
DATE: Made in island6, 2019
More information regarding this piece: https://island6.org/glamourinthechance
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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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