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"Shades Of Blue" (揉蓝浅)

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2022

Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, vietnamese linen embedded in hand cast resin, teakwood frame

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Dimensions: 51cm (H) x 51cm (W) / 20.1" (H) x 20.1" (W)

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

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“Water is a form of perpetual relation, not so much a substance but a thing whose identity is based on its relation to other things. Most of what you’re looking at when you look at water is light reflection.” -Roni Horn

In 1980, Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto began working on a series, capturing images of the sea and its horizon. “Seascapes” showcased bodies of water around the world, from the Arctic Ocean to the Tasman Sea and from the Norwegian Sea to the Black Sea. The pictures are all exactly the same size, black and white, taken using a 19th century style large format camera, and extremely long exposures. Despite the similarities, we all know that each sea is made up of varying shades of blue. Sugimoto’s work is an expression of the transience of life, capturing images in a sort of time capsule, in hopes that they will last forever. Dutch painter Van Gogh was equally enthralled by the conflict between life and death. In his case seizing sensational blue skies. “Starry Night Over The Rhone” (1888) is a 72cm x 92cm canvas engulfed in dark tones, from the sea to the skin of the sky, all shades of blue. For Van Gogh, the sky was a dreamlike divine beyond our comprehension, that’s why it’s out of reach. But blue hues remain nearby all around us, what shades of blue can you see?

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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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