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Rgb led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, teak wood frame
Dimensions: 51.5cm (H) x 51.5cm (W) x 5.5cm (D) / 20.3" (H) x 20.3" (W) x 2.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
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"Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity." – Khalil Gibran
What Khalil Gibran calls “the hidden gate to eternity”, Sigmund Freud calls the “royal road to the unconscious”. What we’re really talking about here is somewhere between a royal road and a hidden gate. It’s below the unconscious but above eternity. The Tao Te Ching says “Where the Mystery is the deepest is the gate of all that is subtle and wonderful.” What is more mysterious than leaving for a new land? The opportunities, hopes, and (yes) dreams one has for his children far outweigh anything else in life. Chinese immigrants landing in Thailand in the 19th century had to be tough and resourceful. By avoiding certain death at home they had entered dark and mysterious waters. Only the strongest and most clever survived, moving up the social ladder: rickshaw puller, then cutting wood at the saw mill, then a vegetable gardener. Up, up, up…Those who failed died without much, but not without nothing: Freud said “Nothing that is mentally our own can ever be lost”. What you hold in your head is forever yours: your wishes, dreams, and memories belong to no one else.
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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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