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Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, teak wood frame
Dimensions: 102cm (H) x 102cm (W) x 5.5cm (D) / 40.2" (H) x 40.2" (W) x 2.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
You shouldn’t play with your food, but what about when it comes to presenting it in art? Or trying to sell it on supermarket shelves? Surely there’s a bit more room for creative freedom and leniency for the juices to flow? Edible objects have appeared in artworks for centuries and the many approaches to showing flashy appetites is interesting to say the least. Imagine what sumptuous still life innovator Jan Davidsz. de Heem’s shopping list would’ve looked like when it came to creating Still Life with Ham, Lobster and Fruit. Chinese artist Zhang Huan donned a suit made of raw meat as part of his public performance My New York in 2007, which was included in the Whitney Biennial. Rirkrit Tiravanija’s own immersive style of inviting audiences in with his installations involving cooking such as Untitled (Free) in 1992 is also worth thinking about. Films, on the other hand, have had a great knack of showing food in an entertaining creative light with moving images over the years. Everyone remembers the imaginary dinner scene in Disney’s 1991 Hook classic. The meal turned into a full-on food fight with the characters throwing what looked like colorful paint at each other. What about Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in 1971? We all wanted a golden ticket after seeing that movie. In real life in China, religious people love to leave food offerings to the gods at temples such as Longhua and nearby Jade Buddha in Shanghai but do the opposite in shops. Anything to get one over on the fellow consumer and while the first bird may well get the worm the second mouse gets the cheese so it depends on your bargaining skills. One thing that’s for sure in Asia though is that an appetite for everything showy is almost always on the menu so enjoy the entrée, just don’t overcook it.
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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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