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"Wire Ballerina" by Liu Dao
TITLE "Wire Ballerina" (线上的芭蕾舞者)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA RGB LED display, Chinese papercut (Jian Zhi 剪紙), paper collage, teakwood frame
EDITION Unique
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2018
SIZE
52
52
5.5
TECH SPECS • SLC SD Card
• 3×MWLPV20-5 (INPUT 100~240VAC@0.55A / OUTPUT 5V@3A)
• 2×RGB P4-L830-8S-1921V3.5 / D180188
WEIGHT
8.9
21.5
CRATE SIZE
65
65
18.5
EXPOSURE “The Geometry Of Binary Life” at island6 Main Space
CREDITS Tang Dashi 汤大师 & He Dashi 贺大师 (Chinese paper cutting 剪紙) • Zoé Charvériat-Young 杨素儿 (performance) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction, animation & technical guidance) • Pia Heckmann (blurb) • András Gál (documentation)
BLURB

Every little girl’s dream is to become a ballerina. But twenty years later and all grown up reality is far from that. As working women, they face a different balancing act each day. Society says women should climb the career ladder, while their ovaries say “hey, girl, just get kids!” So how can a woman ’s life still be in balance? Alexander Calder found equilibrium in the abstract confusion of wires and plates. Piet Mondrian perfectly harmonized the contrasts between red, yellow, blue, black and white. This is the kind of balance we are looking for. After all, what do Degas’s pastel ballerinas tell us about being the ballerina? What do we learn about the daily struggles of women in a male world? Kiki Smith’s delicate etching of a ballet dancer or Eleanor Antin’s alter ego, Eleanor Antinov show a battle of finding peace within one’s own body, rather than scratching an imaginary surface. However, regardless of the artist’s sex, in the end, artworks are just images of dreams and hopes with no instructions. So, here’s a solution: How about, instead of stressing out about this “work-life” balance, we place a cushion underneath the tightropes and loose the fear of falling down?

STATUS SOLD. Private collection, San Francisco, CA (USA).
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