Scope Basel Art Fair 2011
Following the island6 art collective’s appearance at SCOPE New York with Tally Beck Contemporary, the Shanghai-based new media art group is taking part once again with TBC at SCOPE Basel from the 15th to the 19th of June, 2011. Its fifth year in Basel, SCOPE shows cutting edge contemporary art from young and emerging artists of all nationalities. The June SCOPE event takes place as a satellite fair for Art Basel, which, in its 42nd year, will be showing hundreds of galleries and thousands of artists to tens of thousands of guests.
island6 art collective is providing a collection of LED displays and structures entirely made specially for the Tally Beck Contemporary booth (Stand 24, Hall G) representing the excitement and sensuality of contemporary Shanghai and the cultural history that serves as a basis for society in China. "Big Sister" (大姐) and "Red Bean Lollipop" (红豆棒棒糖) feature the fastened eyes and knowing looks of both naughty vixens and higher centers of control, merged in portraits of Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁. One panoramic LED work shows only her enlarged eyes scouring the world of viewers but also roping them in with her massive eyelashes, while the other shows her dominating a lollipop with her tongue while in PLA getup. Alarming and alluring, both works give new embodiment to the term ideological seduction.
The ceaseless interaction of diverse life in urban China is brought in a trio of works that feature a beloved canine of the growing middleclass in "Doggy in The Window" (厨窗里的小狗), humans and felines in the sexy territorial postures of the crawling supermodels in Rrrrr, and birds in the 2010 Liu Dao classic, "Love on a Wire" (爱之高尚). As a centerpiece and concluding contribution to the SCOPE Basel display, island6 creates a captivating portrait of the perfect male form in a visual ode to the biological miracles on our planet in "Swirls of Fluids" (旋窝), a tower that also heralds the age of in vitro biological production.
island6 Arts Center would like to thank TBC for the opportunity to show in Switzerland this spring.