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Gongbi painting on rice paper, teakwood frame
Dimensions: 46.5cm(H) x 64.0cm(W) / 18.3"(H) x 25.2"(W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The best conversations are those that take the path of the bee. Once begun, they don’t follow any one script. They weave in and out of concepts and ideas and stories, through the grass and around the occasional obstacle in search of the sweet pollen that is genuine connection. Some of the greatest conversationalists in the history of humankind also happen to be some of the most influential. Those like Confucius, Socrates, and Oprah (just to name a few) have forever altered the way in which we perceive our world by altering how we interact with one another within its limits. Is there such a difference between a bee and a gadfly? Or a gadfly and a butterfly? It depends on who you ask. If you ask me, when the stakes are as high as human flourishing, whatever the winged beast, make them your friend and emulate them when you can. Or not. Such is the path of the bee, always veering and never settling for long. Perhaps this is the mark of a great conversationalist—never being satisfied with the end of a conversation, always needing to prolong the end.
DATE: Made in island6, 2018
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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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