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Suzhou Creek Reflections

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2019

Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, paper collage, teakwood frame

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Dimensions: 88.2cm(H) x 88.4cm(W) x 5.5cm(D) / 34.7"(H) x 34.8"(W) x 2.2"(D)

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

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Shanghai’s Suzhou Creek has lived many lives. Formerly accented by endless rows of Shikumen lane houses, this river served as a line of demarcation between factions competing for the heart and purse of Shanghai City. It wasn’t too long after the Americans and Brits decided to work together (creating the so-called “International Concession”) that the river served as barrier between the neutral concession and invading forces during wartime. Today, the war is long over and almost all the Shikumen are gone, replaced instead by massive apartment complexes housing over 60 million people. Instead of being a barrier between hostile and opposing forces or an industrial dumping site, the Suzhou Creek now reflects the seemingly unbounded economic and cultural strides made by Shanghai throughout the 21st century. To many of us living in Shanghai, the Suzhou Creek represents home. It’s comforting to see the lights bouncing off of its surface from the sky scrapers that line its perimeter. It’s nostalgic to walk along its edges and remember the romantic walks and hard talks had on its shores. Much like your parents and heroes, this river represents everything you think it does… and much that you do not.

EDITION: Unique
DATE: Made in island6, Shanghai 2019

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Artist Profile

Born: 2006

Hometown: Shanghai

Lives and Works: 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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