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TITLE "How Far is Heaven" (天堂有多远)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA LED display, Chinese papercut (Jian Zhi 剪紙), paper collage, stainless steel frame
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2010
SIZE 107×107×5 cm | 42×42×2 inches
TECH SPECS 4× MW LPV-60-5 (INPUT 100-240V AC /1.2A 50/60 HZ - OUTPUT 5V/8.0A)
EXPOSURE exhibited in "Absolute 0:00" and "Garden of Autumn Vapours" at Red Gate Gallery
CREDITS Tang Dashi 汤大师 & He Dashi 贺大师 (Chinese paper cutting 剪紙) • Wang Dongma 王东马 (video animation) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Zane Mellupe (production direction) • Jean Le Guyader (production assistant)

Mountainous undertakings are viewed in manageable forms in modern China.
Xu Xiaobai, a master of penjing cultivation, spoke of how the bonsai art form can shrink a thousand miles of scenery into a single tray.
In How Far Is Heaven, a bonsai tree is chosen as a symbol for China, a nation which recreates economic developments that could take a hundred years and shrinks them into five.
A red traditional Chinese paper cut is laid against a canvas of brickwork rice paper to speak of China’s rising culture and most inspiring society that is growing and developing but not out of control.
The art collective Liu Dao sees a nation moving in unison to maintain harmony within itself and with others, currently respecting itself and its traditions in order to align its past with its future; a nation with too much experience and history to watch its journey branch off in the wrong directions, lose balance, or outgrow its own roots.
On the other side of the rice paper canvas, two goldfish composed of LED lights swim peacefully above the branches in a computer-designed animation to represent the xiao huangdi, China’s “Little Emperors.”
Some see an overindulged generation, whose magnified egos and consumer appetites will collapse the traditional family support system, but others see the complementation of personality distinction carrying the nation upward through the glassy surface into a new world above.
The artists’ group Liu Dao illustrates this generation through a network of informational computerized code, in order to praise the cultural interconnectivity they share through their modern day circuit of communication and technology.
Within the stainless steel frame we have a scene where the bliss of infrastructural development, together with excited visions of the future of Chinese culture and contemporary art, dance on the branches of tradition. [Pete Bradt]

STATUS N/A (via Red Gate Gallery). Private collection, Beijing.
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