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"July in Hangzhou" by Liu Dao
TITLE "July in Hangzhou" (7月的杭州)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA LED display, one-way glass, stainless steel frame
DATE 2010
SIZE 58×58×9 cm | 22.8×22.8×3.5 inches
TECH SPECS 3× MW LPV-60-5 (INPUT 100-240V AC /1.2A 50/60 HZ - OUTPUT 5V/8.0A)
WEIGHT ARTWORK WEIGHT: 17 kg | 37.5 lb + CRATE WEIGHT: 9.5 kg | 21 lb
EXPOSURE exhibited in "Electric Shanghai"
CREDITS Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Zhang Leihua 张雷华 (production coordination) • Marie Petrement (performance)

"July in Hangzhou" is a Liu Dao portrait of an anonymous Chinese girl relieving herself of the heat with an exemplary hand fan, or shnzi, in the humid Chinese summer. Like the qi pao worn by the girl propping herself up and sprawling lavishly across the frame, the hand fan is a symbol of the Orient that has never shrunk away, but in fact only merged and perpetuated with other aspects of Chinese culture such as painting, where the hand fan is depicted as often as it serves as the canvas. But the factual and historical is disregarded by the young girl in the portrait who uses the fan only to cool herself, and more importantly, to consciously attract. There is something about these hand fans that has made them irresistibly feminine; they excite the air as much as they excite the men who watch, they give lift to the hair that dangles across a girl's beautiful, impossibly white face. In the right hands, a delicately painted folding one is far more dangerous and penetrating to the heart than a dart-throwing tiĕ shān,
Adding to the long list of materials used in making Chinese hand fans for over 2100 years, including feathers, bamboo, ivory, nacre, tortoise shell, jade, purple mica, and gold, Liu Dao has created a fan using LEDs, the glittering symbol of Asian-built technology. The Shanghai-based art collective with six members choreographed and filmed the enthralling image of the girl with a waterfall of black hair shielding her from the camera like a parcel in the sun, rendered the image through their unique computer-oriented process, and brought the symbols of utmost antiquity to twinkling 21st Century form. [Pete Bradt]

STATUS Available. Please contact Tally Beck Contemporary Gallery (Bangkok)
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