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"Qi Pao Crush" by Liu Dao
TITLE "Qi Pao Crush" (色戒)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA LED display, one-way glass, Corian frame
EDITION Unique
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 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: 19 kg |42 lb + CRATE WEIGHT: 11 kg | 24 lb
EXPOSURE exhibited in "Plugged In"
CREDITS Mo Yanan 莫雅楠 (performance) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Zane Mellupe (video & art direction) • Zhang Leihua 张雷华 (production coordination)
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Offended by the puritan factionalism of Prohibition-era New York, this divinity established herself as a promising studio artist in bohemian Paris, yet, her heart and voice were still in China. Returning to Shanghai in the hot summer of 1932, she brought with her the gift of stillness to a city frenzied with shameless European adventurism, the treacherous kindness of the narcotics trade, and trivial dramas of the Chinese nouveau-riche. Tender Shanghai coquette: her world fanciful and irreverent, created with so much meaning as to transcend pure whimsy. What was this power, this very real magic she possessed?
Floating through the thick ballroom smoke of revelry, opium, layers of lace and silk distilled, comes a vision of arresting beauty: this mysterious Shanghai coquette once again. She moves through the swaying crowd of enamored German junior bankers with their easy girls, deflecting the hungry hands of Green Gang members with dancing eyes and enigmatic words. Daughter of a Chinese cigarette magnate, her qipao cascading waterfall around her milky-white body, she is a feminine creature of the East China Sea.
The LED piece "Qi Pao Crush" is a Liu Dao love story about infatuation with Shanghai, personified. This is the adoration of a singularly enigmatic and charming Chinese labyrinth of life. In the stainless steel frame, this beautiful cloud of flesh and cloth hovers above, delicately turning on lights one by one with her fingertip as if the smoky speakeasy were the skies of the Sistine Chapel and she were the ruler of all. She is a siren. She is a treasure cave that can be neared but never reached. She is a hundred lighthouses alternating in color and current on the coast. She’s worth more than fortune, she’s worth dreams. [Iris Fung 冯艾蕊]

STATUS N/A. Private collection, USA. (via Tally Beck Contemporary Gallery)
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