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"Before The Storm" by Liu Dao
TITLE "Before The Storm" (在暴风雨来临之前)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA LED display, Chinese papercut (Jian Zhi 剪紙), paper collage, teakwood frame
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2010
SIZE 122×122×9.5 cm | 48×48×3.7 inches
TECH SPECS (IN 100-240V) 3× MW LPV-60-5 +1× MW LPV-35-5 +1× MW LPV-60-12
WEIGHT ARTWORK WEIGHT: 51 kg | 112.5 lb + CRATE WEIGHT: 30 kg | 66 lb
EXPOSURE exhibited in "Prophecies"
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 (art direction) • Mark Zhang (production coordination)

The sister piece of "People, Birds and Beasts" is a work featuring a papercut of jianzhi cut from the same material, in black rather than red, and against a paper collage dipped in soy sauce rather than oolong tea to give it the same distinctive golden appearance. The papercut shows what is almost a still life: a Chinese vase holding the branches of a cherry blossom over a fishbowl, atop Oriental pedestals in the form of rosewood square base stands. Despite the antiquity of the furniture and ancient connotations of the jianzhi art form (which likely dates back to the birth of paper during the Eastern Han Dynasty (206-220 AD) an LED system operating inside the artwork modernizes the entire entity, and the time period it stands for, by depicting love birds and dragon eye fish in electronically animated forms.
The scene represents Confucian theories of class structure and the widening gaps between rich and poor in the stratosphere of financial wealth in contemporary China. Working as a collective, the different members of Liu Dao perform various tasks together in the realization of "Before The Storm", such as taking footage of the rosy-faced lovebirds (Agapornis Roseicollis), rendering it through computer programs to portray the animals’ contours, movements and form in simplistic combinations of red, green and orange. It is truly an emblematic work of 2010 Liu Dao. [Pete Bradt]

STATUS N/A. Private collection, Shanghai.
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