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Chinese ink and acrylic painting on canvas, teakwood frame

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Dimensions: 96.0cm(H) x 106.0cm(W) x 6.5cm(D) / 37.8"(H) x 41.7"(W) x 2.6"(D)

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

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If there is one similarity between the East and the West, it’s in how we try to shape the unimaginable concept of eternity into something tangible and anthropo-friendly. In the Japanese tradition, eternity is symbolized by a dynamically drawn circle-shaped ensō, while in Western art history eternity’s symbol is the dragon biting on its tail, the so-called ouroboros. Strictly speaking, eternity is a timeless realm that has no beginning nor end and is not a succession of moments with beginnings and ends. It is where “things” cannot exist; it’s rather a realm of which Plato’s ideas of love or good are the denizens. In other words, eternity is the absolute non-happening, it’s the anti-thesis of art. And art is about finding the way out. The Christian tradition from the Renaissance onwards had been about finding the right materials that will not change and will preserve the piece forever, while Chinese art is not about the perfect preservation of the object but showing the timeless nature of existence itself. By drawing circles, I wonder, can we by the process of “making” make something that will then last forever? Will eternity ever come?

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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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