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RGB led display, acrylic painting on plexiglass, teak wood frame
Dimensions: 102cm (H) x 102cm (W) x 5.5cm (D) / 40.2" (H) x 40.2" (W) x 2.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The wide-eyed world of Japan’s Tamade supermarket chain is filled with wonder and joy. One small step inside and you’ll be sold on the bright lights and animated faces of a parade of colorful characters. Up and down the aisles are a host of interesting items up for grabs and you could get lost in here for hours if you had the time. It hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows for the Osaka chain, however. One urban legend will have you believe it belongs to the Yakuza, an organized crime gang in Japan. In 2018, the brand’s owner, Takuji Maeda, was arrested on suspicion of receiving prostitution revenue via one of the shops located in the brothel quarter of Nishinari Ward. You can imagine the stand-off between him and the authorities resembling that of Wind God and Thunder God in the famous yellow painting by Rinpa artist Ogata Kōrin. But Tamades are mostly seen as a fun tourist attraction for those visiting the city and people regularly take photos and video footage of the unique and colorful storefronts. It’s more fitting to compare the onslaught of yellow and red in the company’s branding to Sion Sono’s 2017 Antiporno movie for its palette. If Tamade had a mascot it would be Pokémon’s Pikachu not only for its overpowering colors but for the fun and energy it oozes and represents. Tamade is the ultimate home of amusement; the next time you’re in town you really gotta catch ‘em all!
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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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