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Chinese ink and acrylic painting on canvas, teakwood frame
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.
Within wabi-sabi, imperfection itself becomes an aesthetic model, a goal to be achieved. Calligraphers and painters live in a world where brush strokes are practiced until they are perfectly imperfect, until paint spatters bounce in irreducible and unknown ways. Ryotaro Matsumura described wabi-sabi as “not a full moon, but a moon covered behind clouds; not new, symmetric objects, but old, asymmetric objects”. The same sort of beauty found in a broken teapot repaired with kintsugi can be found in a face, can be found in a mountain’s valley. Something about imperfection is just so...human. Accidents can be joyous occasions, can send you down a path that never would have been possible if things had worked out perfectly. Leonard Koen writes that wabi-sabi is not just about the imperfect, but also about the impermanent and incomplete. Zen Buddhism says something similar, pointing toward a circular conception of time, and the continuous flux of all objects and people. If perfection is anything to the Buddhists, it’s a moment.
DATE: Made in island6, 2019
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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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