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Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, teak wood 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.
Chinese politician and former leader Deng Xiaoping famously once said: “it doesn’t matter whether a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice!” (不管黑貓白貓能捉老鼠都是好貓!) But what about the giant panda bear? For its entire existence the animal has stuck out like a sore thumb despite being made of the simplest colors. Hunted in the wild, its mission has been to flee to remote regions such as the Sichuan Basin mountains for survival. Pandas were just as anonymous in ancient silk scroll painting as not much was known about them. More recently, they’ve emerged in the foreground as national treasures. Locally, the bear is a symbol of strength and courage. Pandas in particular were believed to have magical powers and were kept as pets as far back as the Tang dynasty. Empress Wu Zetian sent a pair to Japan’s Emperor Tenmu in 685 as a gift. Then, when the two countries forged diplomatic ties in 1972, China presented two giant pandas, Lan Lan and Kang Kang, to its Asian counterpart. Xiaoping didn’t give any cats away though. His theory about catching mice referred to the state of his country’s economy. Everything’s not always as black and white as it may seem.
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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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