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"Higher Stakes" (博者无他)

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2022

Rgb led display, chinese papercut (jian zhi 剪紙) on plexiglass, vietnamese linen embedded in hand cast resin, teakwood frame

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Dimensions: 65cm (H) x 46cm (W) / 25.6" (H) x 18.1" (W)

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

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Think of a sphere. If we each drew a spherical shape, for example a circus ball, on a piece of paper, our pictures are likely to be imperfect. Colors, size, angles etc. In Plato’s world, this spherical shape resides in the physical realm, when ultimate reality exists beyond. The Theory of Forms is a philosophical concept which explains these two worlds, the physical and spiritual. In this physical world is all the material stuff we see and interact with, it’s constantly changing and flawed. It’s not real or true, consider the chair you’re balancing on, it’s an inferior version of the perfect idea of a chair. Plato called this perfect ideal the Forms, the non-physical essence of all things like beauty, roundness, blueness, or goodness. There is a Form for everything in existence from balancing elephants to juggling monkeys. The physical realm is only a flawed echo of imitations and copies. Behind this unreliable world is the spiritual realm, or Realm of Forms. A world of permanence and reliability. The stakes are higher but in perfect symmetry and harmony. As it should be.

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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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