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"Rise of the Phoenix" by Liu Dao
TITLE "Rise of the Phoenix" (凤凰涅磐)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA LED display, Chinese papercut (Jian Zhi 剪紙), paper collage, teakwood frame
DATE 2010
SIZE 108×108×9 cm | 42.5×42.5×3.5 inches
TECH SPECS 4× MW LPV-60-5 (INPUT 100-240V AC /1.2A 50/60 HZ - OUTPUT 5V/8.0A)
WEIGHT ARTWORK WEIGHT: 43 kg | 95 lb + CRATE WEIGHT: 27.5 kg | 61 lb
EXPOSURE exhibited in "Plugged In"
CREDITS Tang Dashi 汤大师 & He Dashi 贺大师 (Chinese paper cutting 剪紙) • Tony Argueta (video animation) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Zane Mellupe (art direction) • Zhang Leihua 张雷华 (production coordination)

From torches, to bonfires, to the torrents of firecrackers that rain from the air at Chinese New Year, launched from the rooftops and fountaining from the streets: China is a country covered with light.
With good reason. In Buddhist traditions and rural folklore, the land is also covered with spirits that are dark, treacherous, and to be avoided at all costs. But it is widely believed that these spirits fear illumination, and thus the citizens of China celebrate with bursts of light in the sky and in the streets.
island6 Arts Center and the artists of Liu Dao have created an artwork which celebrates this folklore in "Rise of the Phoenix" .
A paper cutting shows the two dimensions of the dual soul: the lower, emotional layer which passes away like nature’s beings, expressed as a strong tree, and the higher, thinking soul, expressed as a rational construction, which lives beyond the passing of the body. The paper cutting stretches over a trio of LED panels which show the licking flames from the ceremonial paper money and flammable cell phones burned in worship to aide the souls of ancestors. This is ch’i: air, breath, and vapor, controlled as the life force within us all in Chinese religion.
While Taoist traditions may too be passing on in modern China, the tradition of using light continues in neon-lined highways and LED-draped skyscrapers throughout her cities, and this is what the art of Liu Dao and the work "Rise of the Phoenix" celebrates. [Pete Bradt]

STATUS Available. Please contact Tally Beck Contemporary(New York)
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六岛是由艺术家自发创立, 由创作人员管理的公益艺术机构。其精神是为艺术家提供平台并支持各项协作项目。