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The Momentum Of Color

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2019

Chinese ink and acrylic painting on canvas, teakwood frame

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Dimensions: 146cm(H) x 205.6cm(W) x 6.5cm(D) / 57.5"(H) x 80.9"(W) x 2.6"(D)

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

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// BLURB //
When I smell burning plastic, I think of my great grandmother Wu’s garden. When I hear a dog barking, I think of the Queen of England. When I see the work of Ai WeiWei, I think of the Aix galericulata. From where to these associations come? How can one singular sensory experience launch you into stories of a nostalgic past life scene straight out of a Hitchcock, or maybe a Jia Zhangke? What does red give to you? What did it give to the Tang dynasty? What did it give to Wang Wei, other than emotions that only poetry could capture? Red gives me calm, it puts me at peace. The experts all say that this isn’t how it’s supposed to be, that I’m sick for feeling the way that I feel. But I don’t care. I’m an aix galericulata, flying above and looking down at all the people arranging themselves like written characters, hoping that they can one day find the strength to disarrange themselves completely and go back to that Zhuangzian state of small states. Hoping that Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself floats from the Universal ether and into the skulls of live men. Hoping that I can keep hoping.

Unique Edition | Shanghai | 2019
Chinese ink and acrylic painting on canvas, teakwood frame
205.6×146 cm

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Artist Profile

Born: 2006

Hometown: Shanghai

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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