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"My Lucky Yingbi" (我幸运的影壁)

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"My Lucky Yingbi" (我幸运的影壁)

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2019

Rgb led display, acrylic bricks, sand & resin coating, teakwood frame

Edition of 8

Dimensions: 102cm (H) x 102cm (W) / 40.2" (H) x 40.2" (W)

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

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How do we defeat our pasts and understand the spectres of bad decisions and worse luck? In the West, we’ve turned fully and whole heartedly to civil religion. We hope and pray to our families, to our institutions, to our scientists. And they pay returns, giving us the means to achieve greatness, or at least some diluted form of it. In traditional Chinese architecture, there was sometimes an extra wall, called a yingbiplaced in front of a building’s entrance. Its purpose was to repel bad spirits and ghosts, to shield the inhabitants of the home from all that goes bump in the night. Spirits who tried to cross this boundary could not, as they preferred to move in straight, solid lines. Ancient Chinese trusted their walls, and loved their walls. Yingbiwere often ornately decorated with depictions of dragons, fish, birds, and other natural scenes. What might they have looked like in an age of aerosol paint, of love in a can? What bright pigment and holy forms would they have stuck to the surface?

Limited Editions | Shanghai, 2019
RGB LED display, acrylic bricks, sand & resin coating, teakwood frame
102x102cm

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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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