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Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, paper collage, teakwood frame
Dimensions: 51.7cm(H) x 51.7cm(W) x 5.5cm(D) / 20.4"(H) x 20.4"(W) x 2.2"(D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
In his 1959 essay “Basic Thoughts Underlying Eastern Ethical and Social Practice”, D. T. Suzuki wrote, “Living is an act of creativity demonstrating itself.” To Suzuki, living was by definition a dynamic and engaged process of actions and reactions that were creative by virtue of the unknowable circumstances constantly washing over all of existence. Creativity therefore is not simply something that one does, but is an existential mode akin to health— breathing, electrical activity in the brain, and the heart pumping blood are at once effortless and necessary for living. For some, this living-as-creativity opens a world of possibilities not before considered, allowing space for naturalness, spontaneity, and flourishing. It’s like when the folk rock Avett Brothers sing “Decide who to be, and go be it.” This goal, when achieved through the Daoist method of action through non-action is not unlike the winding paths of a traditional Shan Shui painting. Long and winding, beautiful and mysterious, we find at the end of the path, harmony.
DATE: Made in island6, Shanghai 2019
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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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