"Essence Of Shi-jian" (流光)
"Essence Of Shi-jian" by island6 Art Collective (Liu Dao)
// BLURB //
Time is like flowing water, never to return to its place of origin, forever moving forward, shaping the landscape of existence with its steady current. Some fish may swim along, embracing its natural flow and thus live in harmony with it. Others may attempt to swim against it, challenging the passage of time. Nevertheless, even with their valiant efforts, the fish discover themselves powerless against the unyielding force of the waters. This is the essence of time, urging us to embrace the present moment, for time, like a running river, is never to return.
In the timeless wisdom of Heraclitus, we find echoes of this eternal truth. The Greek philosopher famously stated, “It is not possible to step twice into the same river...it scatters and again comes together, and approaches and recedes”. In a world governed by the immutable laws of change, Heraclitus reminds us that all things are in a state of flux, and our attempts to resist the passage of time are ultimately futile. Thus, we are called to heed the wisdom of the ages, embracing the present moment and surrendering to the eternal being of time. In doing so, we find solace that while time shapes our journey, our perception of the present defines our reality. So, swim onward.
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Unique edition, Shanghai 2023
RGB LED display, acrylic painting on Vietnamese linen embedded in hand cast resin, black-stained teakwood frame
71.8(W)×191.8(H)×5.5(D) cm // 42.75 kg
87(W)×207(H)×18(D) cm // 86 kg
Cyberminity” at island6 Shanghai
Shengqiu Li 李生秋 (painting) • Nick Hersey (painting) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & animation) • Tiara Alvarado-Leon (blurb)
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