Art Beijing 2013
The Liu Dao collective is no stranger to Beijing, but we always look forward to spending some time in China’s own “Center of the World”. From aimlessly wandering down mysterious hutongs to gazing up at the tallest of cloud skimming skyscrapers, Beijing is a land of opposites; a city where ancient and sparkling collide, imperial meets fashionable.
From April 30th to May 3rd, island6 was represented in China’s imperial capital at the Art Beijing fair. Initiated in 2006, the fair has easily turned into one of China’s most influential art gatherings. Originally two separate events, ‘Art Beijing Contemporary Art Fair’ and ‘Art Beijing Fine Art Fair’, they were joined in 2012 to great success. Spanning over 20,000 square meters and showcasing booths from over 200 art galleries, agencies, and art media from both China and abroad, the fair will be seen by over 60,000 visitors. Exhibited works covered a wide range of media including traditional and classic Chinese art as well as contemporary mixed media, serving as a bridge between the art communities of Asian countries.
Island6 was brought to the fair through the esteemed, internationally established Opera Gallery. Having locations in Paris, London, Geneva, Monaco, New York, Singapore, Seoul, Dubai and Hong Kong, Opera Gallery truly represents the pinnacle of international contemporary art representation. In March of 2013, Liu Dao was part of the inaugural show at Opera Gallery Hong Kong, exhibiting both “Oculus” and “From Jingdezhen to Dresden” to much acclaim.
For Art Beijing 2013, Opera Gallery displayed Liu Dao's brand new piece, “The Aviary”. Here an LED girl patiently swings on the branch of a Jian Zhi tree whilst dreamily peering at a parrot made of diodes. With her feet hanging loose in untroubled joviality, she speaks of a certain time when everything was simpler, merely swinging in content under the shade of her paper cut tree. The intermingling of traditional Chinese paper arts and the modern flicker of the LED diodes playfully speak on the nature of Beijing, the city where ancient meets electric.