"Shenlong's Den" (神龙丹)
"Shenlong's Den"  by island6 Art Collective (Liu Dao)
// BLURB //
You know what I find fascinating... people’s eating habits. Yes, you read that right, people’s eating habits. If you’re not convinced yet, let me explain. French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are” (1826). Food is more than energy for the body, it feeds the soul. It has the power to tell a story. In Yayoi Kusama’s art, pumpkins represent a positive piece of her childhood, they portray stability and comfort. The Luo Brothers’ (罗氏兄弟) psychedelic visuals of burgers, soft drinks, and flower blossoms tell a story of tradition and contemporary consumerism. Ju Duoqi (桔多淇) uses vegetables as a medium to express her thoughts and expressions. Her series, “Fantasies in Chinese Cabbage” (2015) reflected the contrast between inner loneliness and the colorful external world. Once you start seeing food through a different lens, you’ll understand what’s so fascinating about watching someone pick their meal. In fact, there’s an amusing saying about Chinese wide range of food choice, it goes something like this, beiji xiang tian ren suo shi (背脊向天人所食), “if something’s back is facing the sky, it is for people to eat”. This would include practically almost every living creature... But definitely not dragons! In Chinese mythology dragons are seen as benevolent creatures and bringers of great fortune, so if you ever encounter one, just face it!
SOLD. Private Collection, Shanghai.
Unique Edition, Shanghai 2020
RGB LED display, acrylic painting on Plexiglass, teak wood frame
51(W)×51(H)×5.5(D) cm // 9.7 kg
• 1×SLC SD Card
• 4×MWLPV20-5 (INPUT 100~240VAC@0.55A / OUTPUT 5V@3A)
• (3+1 spare)×RGB P4-1921-64X32-8S-M3 / SWP4200924MMFF-0412/200
65(W)×65(H)×18.5(D) cm // 21.5 kg
Food As Art As Food” at island6 Shanghai
Wang Chuanwen 王传文 (painting) • Iris Gardener (video) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & animation) • Tiara Alvarado-Leon (performance & blurb)

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