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Late Qing Dragon

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2019

Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, indonesian merbau wood frame

Unique Work

Dimensions: 120cm (H) x 120cm (W) x 6.5cm (D) / 47.2" (H) x 47.2" (W) x 2.6" (D)

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

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// BLURB //
What can be learned from China’s last imperial dynasty? During this time, the nation’s flag included a prominently placed blue dragon chasing the flaming red pearl of wealth. Dragon tales are known in many cultures, from the Americas to Europe, and from India to China; but what’s surprising is that the myths and legends about the dragons of ancient times are fairly consistent across cultures. Lore surrounding dragons tell of nimble and intelligent beasts with a dangerous and insatiable lust for treasure; they are almost always associated with rain, thunder, or sea. When Deng Xiaoping called Shanghai the head of the dragon in 1992, it was no accident that it called to mind these myths. Some poets probably thought of words by Khalil Gibran: “To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the power of the ocean by the frailty of its foam.” There’s another side to this— to measure you by your greatest actions is to ignore the details, is to not notice the ocean’s foam at all. There’s a balance here in noticing the little things for the big things— not unlike the dragons of old.

Unique Edition | Shanghai | 2019
RGB LED display, acrylic painting on Plexiglass, Indonesian Merbau wood frame
120×120 cm

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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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