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"Pom Pom Styrofoam" (蓬蓬塑料坦克)

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2021

Tft display, ccd camera, acrylic paint on plexiglass, vietnamese linen embedded in hand cast resin, teak wood frame

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Dimensions: 51.2cm (H) x 51.2cm (W) / 20.2" (H) x 20.2" (W)

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

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We all carry some sort of imaginary baggage wherever we go. It can weigh you down, or keep you grounded. It’s all a matter of perspective, as with most things in life. The Stoics teach us that reason precedes happiness, meaning the quality of our life experience begins with our interpretation of it. It’s a powerful realization to know you’re in control, the one behind the wheel, navigating through the dense traffic. Philosopher Marcus Aurelius reminds himself, “For it was not outside me, but within me, in my judgements.” We must resolve to see things in a different light, try it and you’ll feel the weight suddenly change. Some use their hands or a fictitious backpack, others have enough styrofoam boxes to meticulously pack a sanlunche (三轮车) like a careful stacking and balancing performance act. At the end of the day that’s what it comes down to, the grand show! Entertaining the masses! Staging the most amazing display on Earth! And it’s true, you do carry it well. Now give us a smile, you’re on camera!

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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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