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"Rise of the Phoenix" by Liu Dao "Rickshaw Going By" by Liu Dao "Flying Away" by Liu Dao "Feast of the Nanking Cherry" by Liu Dao "City Uniform" by Liu Dao "Qi Pao Crush" by Liu Dao
"We dream in order to forget" by Liu Dao "Night School" by Liu Dao "Qi Pao Rising" by Liu Dao "He Xiangu's Shoes" by Liu Dao "The Legs Of Lemuria" by Liu Dao "Thin Skin" by Liu Dao
"Forbidden City" by Liu Dao "May 1st - Representation of Working Class" by Liu Dao "Plugged In" at Tally Beck Contemporary, New York "Plugged In" at Tally Beck Contemporary, New York "Plugged In" at Tally Beck Contemporary, New York "Plugged In" at Tally Beck Contemporary, New York
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"Plugged In"
Shanghai in a Dream

"Plugged In" is an exhibition where Shanghai's sights and senses are witnessed as if in a single dream. From scenes as epic as an infamous urban tragedy, to moments as swift as the view of a passing pair of fashionable shoes, life in Shanghai is captured from skyscrapers to crevices in the vivid, dynamic artworks of island6.
In this dream, Plugged In merges imagery from 1930s Shanghai with the city of today in "Rickshaw Going By", morphs traditional clothing into surrealist architecture in "City Uniform" and "Qi Pao Rising", and brings static goldfish (Chinese symbols of good fortune) into exciting, LED-animated life in "Night School".
The exhibition captures the otherworldly city where one has daily visions of anachronistic wagons bustling through a network of crumbling pre-war alleyways beneath a skyline bathed in streaking neon and glimmering LEDs. Themes of voyeurism and fantasy are applied to a range of the city's tiniest details to enshrine them in an electronic form, while traditional Chinese imagery is combined with the sense of futurism found throughout Shanghai.
The dreamlike world of Plugged In is the result of the blinding sensory experience Shanghai provides with its 21st Century pace and aesthetic, and also speaks of the reveries and ambitions of immigrants, visitors and residents alike who envision success, wealth, fame, love or glory from the city where they revel. Hypnotic LED animations circle within the narratives of papercut imagery and sleek stainless steel frames to depict Shanghai's smallest visual details, booming infrastructure and everlasting exoticism.

Through almost surreal vignettes, Island6 invites us into a vision of Shanghai that is part real, part imagined. The bright lights of their LED medium reflect the neon soaked skyline of contemporary Shanghai, while the imagery evokes a romanticized impression of the city's colonial past, replete with discomfiting wafts of orientalism and exoticism that is inexorably linked to the collective memory of "The Paris of the East."
Tally Beck, Tally Beck Contemporary

Plugged In exposes the blossoming high-tech infrastructure of present China as well as the talent found in emerging contemporary artists who live and work in the metropolis of Shanghai, known as island6. These Chinese artists form a collective of eclectic talents producing dynamic, innovative multi-media artworks that light up faces and minds throughout the world from a nucleus in their Shanghai studio. The collective is aided by directors, writers, technicians and performance artists who share a passion for incorporating cutting edge technology into contemporary art. Through these collective efforts, island6 reflects a time in history too fleeting to be caught otherwise.

"Plugged In" at TBC, NY "Plugged In" (插电)
DATES From January 8th to March 20th 2011
CURATION Tally Beck & Hanting Zhu
ORGANIZATION Tally Beck Contemporary (New York)
COORDINATION Paul Ulan-Taylor & Pete Bradt
ART DIRECTION Thomas Charvériat
VERNISSAGE January 8th 2011
VENUE Tally Beck Contemporary, 42 Rivington Street, New York City
ARTISTS

The Art Collective Liu Dao 六岛

ABOUT

"Plugged In" is the first ever solo exhibition for the artists of island6 to be held in North America. Under the curation of Tally Beck, island6 portrays Shanghai in her post-World Expo state, shimmering and morphing before your eyes in fourteen unique artworks. Hypnotic LED animations circle within the narratives of papercut imagery and sleek stainless steel frames to depict Shanghai’s smallest visual details, booming infrastructure and everlasting exoticism. (read more >>>)

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island6 is a philanthropic project founded by artists and managed by voluntary staff. The spirit & driving force behind all of island6's works and art-forward exhibitions is collaboration.
六岛是由艺术家自发创立, 由志愿者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。