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"Rumble, Roars, and Laughter" (狮语)

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"Rumble, Roars, and Laughter" (狮语) by island6 六岛 (Liu Dao)
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2021

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

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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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Originating in China, anyone who’s traveled throughout Asia will tell you that Foo Dogs are a common sight to see. As symbols, they act as a means of protection for the structure (the male lion) and for the people inside (the female). However, lions, while not indigenous to China, somehow made their way to imperial palaces, courts, tombs, and eventually to their homes as auspicious signs of status and fortune, and were likely imported by Buddhist missionaries travelling through China thousands of years ago. In the 16th century, Matteo Ricci introduced calendarial science and a “complete and great map of the world”, which he created with Chinese characters. Ricci’s contributions allowed for accurate prediction of solar eclipses and other significant celestial occurrences, giving him sagatic capital with which converted several high-ranking government officials. Today, what lasting cultural advancements have been imported? Apple? Gucci? The golden arches? What will adorn doorways and mantles in 2,000 years? If we pray to our corporate gods hard enough, maybe we will be rewarded with infinity rooms full of pumpkins or diamond-encrusted skulls or beautiful silver balloon bunnies. Maybe we’ll get to keep the Foo Dog Lions.

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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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