"Lian Wu" (练武)
"Lian Wu"  by island6 Art Collective (Liu Dao)
// BLURB //
What comes to mind when hearing the words “kung fu”? Probably Jackie Chan kicking and flying through the air like in the iconic film “Drunken Master” (1978). Or perhaps Bruce Lee beating O’Hara over and over again in “Enter The Dragon” (1973). In reality, the more accurate meaning of this term is not limited specifically to fighting or any form of martial arts. As it turns out, “kung fu” is better translated as “acquired skill.” It relates to any ability or activity which results from rigorous practice and cultivation. It embodies the principle of “what you put in is what you get out,” whether it’s dancing, painting, or kicking the skies! It can also be a way of life, the art of living, as described by Daoism and Buddhism during the Song and Ming dynasties. It’s the Chinese philosophy concerned with how to live one’s life rather than searching the truth of our existence, which is more related to western philosophy. Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi once dreamt he was a butterfly floating above the clouds. Upon waking he posed the question, was he Zhuangzi who had dreamt of being a butterfly or was he a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi? His response was that one should go along with the transformation of things. In this spirit, when you find yourself at the temple gate remember to go with the flow and enter ahead. You’ve made it this far.
SOLD. Private collection, Scottsdale, AZ (USA).
Unique Edition, Shanghai 2022
RGB LED display, acrylic painting on Plexiglass, Vietnamese linen embedded in hand cast resin, teakwood frame
51(W)×51(H)×5.5(D) cm // 9.63 kg
• 1×SLC SD Card
• 3×MWLPV20-5 (INPUT 100~240VAC@0.55A / OUTPUT 5V@3A)
• (2+1 spare)×RGB P4 1921-64X32-8S-M3 / SWP4200924MMFF-0412/200
66(W)×66(H)×21(D) cm // 22.6 kg
The Freaky Deaky island6 Circus Show” at island6 Shanghai
Dong Zhe 董哲 (painting) • Zhang Wang Yang 张汪洋 (performance) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & animation) • Tiara Alvarado-Leon (blurb)

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