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Chinese ink and acrylic painting on canvas, black-stained teakwood frame
Dimensions: 141cm (H) x 176cm (W) x 6cm (D) / 55.5" (H) x 69.3" (W) x 2.4" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
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“Fear not the heavens, fear not the earth, fear the Wenzhou man speaking Wenzhounese.” —common saying
What is the origin of language? One Western take on linguistic evolution comes from the Bible. It supposes language and all of its diversity comes from…you guessed it, God. In Genesis 11:6, the people in Shinar area founded the city of Babel (today a popular language-learning app) and decided to build a tower to the Heavens. When God saw what they had done, He said, “WOW! If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” God split their language and disbursed the people of Babel across the flat, flat Earth. But what the authors of the Bible fail to mention is just how thorough God was when he changed language (which is amazing since we all know Christ was no cunning linguist)—the new languages even had different words for everyday noises! “Clap clap” in English becomes “Pachi Pachi” in Japanese. “Achoo!” becomes the Russian “Apchkhi!”. Funnily enough, “Ha ha” is still “Ha ha” in Chinese...it almost makes you wonder what the joke is.
Unique Edition | Shanghai | 2019
Chinese ink and acrylic painting on canvas, teakwood frame
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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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