"Smoking Pistol" (过眼烟云)
"Smoking Pistol" by island6 Art Collective (Liu Dao)
// BLURB //
In the glittering age of 1920s Shanghai, where the clinking of glasses and the murmur of conversations filled the air, socialites like Yan Youyun (嚴幼韻) epitomized the allure of high society. These gatherings were not merely frivolous affairs; they were stages upon which the drama of life unfolded, where identities were crafted, and destinies intertwined. Yan Youyun, as “The Distinguished Lady of Shanghai Bund” (Li'an, 2017), understood this deeply.
Known for her impeccable style and grace, she set the standards for fashion and sophistication. Her vibrant red dress and her short dark hair, a stark contrast to the city’s sparkling neon lights. Night after night a new soiree to attend, new people to delight, a new canvas on which to paint the complexities of human existence. Night after night, she falls into the embrace of dusk, her essence lingering like a half-remembered dream. 
As the night enveloped her, she became more than just a woman; she became a symbol of a bygone era, a reminder of a time when society was not just a construct but a living, breathing entity. Amidst the enchanting allure of her world, Yan Youyun was the smoking pistol of Shanghai's social scene, her presence a testament to the captivating intrigue that defined the era.
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Unique edition, Shanghai 2023
RGB LED display, acrylic painting on Vietnamese linen embedded in hand cast resin, teakwood frame
191.8(W)×71.8(H)×5.5(D) cm // 42.75 kg
207(W)×87(H)×18(D) cm // 86 kg
Cyberfeminity” at island6 Shanghai
Zhang Tianyi 张天依 (model) • 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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