Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, indonesian merbau wood frame
Dimensions: 120cm (H) x 120cm (W) x 5.5cm (D) / 47.2" (H) x 47.2" (W) x 2.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife is a famous woodblock-printed design by Japanese artist Hokusai that presents a female shell diver being preyed upon by a pair of octopuses. The larger of the two feeds on the woman’s genitals as its younger offspring focuses on her mouth while caressing her left nipple. The piece has become Hokusai’s most famous shunga design – sex sells, after all – and is just one of the many representations of octopuses in Japanese art. In more recent culture, the eight-limbed sea creatures have migrated to another kind of woodblock to become the hunted on chopping boards. In 1935, street food vendor Tomekichi Endo discovered the Osakan snack takoyaki, or octopus dumplings, and the dish has been widely consumed ever since. Typically made with diced or minced octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger and green onion, the filling is covered by a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special molded pan. Sauce and mayo is then added as well as green laver for connoisseurs to chow down on. Imagine taking Endo for some takoyaki today. Being told about the people he saw come and go at his booth over the years and things he overheard would be as appetising as the cuisine. Despite the somewhat graphic nature of that Girl Diver artwork, getting down and dirty with a few octopuses doesn’t seem all that extreme anymore. Now there’s food for thought.
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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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