Shanghai based island6 Art Center and the Liu Dao art collective are thrilled to announce the imminent opening of their newest space – island6 Marina. Nestled along the stunning Royal Phuket Marina, Liu Dao’s latest venture will bring the collective’s modern vision to a new audience. Since its founding in 2006, Liu Dao’s diverse artists have collaborated to engage the past, present, and future of Asia, seeking to balance the delicate qualities of traditional art with the technical complexities of the contemporary.
In keeping with this philosophy, island6 Marina’s first show, “Babas and Yayas,” celebrates the cultural complexity of the Peranakan peoples and traditions through a multifaceted & multimedia experience. “Babas and Yayas” will open in true island6 fashion with a glamorous party on the evening of March 14th from 6 – 9pm.
Soak up the ambience of their exotic new location, far away from the hustle and bustle of a vast city, though you can instantaneously be transported back with ‘Metropolitan Lives’. Gaze dreamily at ‘The Drip Drop of Dreams’ and bathe in the LED lights of ‘Remember the Spring’. Admire the timeless elegance of ‘Peranakan Beauty’, daintily puffing on a cigarette, reminiscent of an era bygone, a time teetering on the edge of cultural cross-collaboration. So sit back, relax, and let the Liu Dao collective delight and entertain you in the way only we know how, it promises to be a celebration of diversity, of collaboration and ultimately the effortless synergy of ‘what is mixed’.
About island6: island6 Arts Center is a Shanghai based gallery founded in 2006 by Thomas Charvériat. Aiming to provide a platform for emerging Chinese artists, it simultaneously fuses traditional Chinese art techniques with cutting-edge technology, representative of a rapidly modernizing China. The center exhibits solely the works of their in-house art collective Liu Dao, who produces visual, interactive, conceptual, humorous and striking artworks involving fresh-takes on modern technology. As collaboration is the cornerstone of island6, the center often features guest directors and curators for different exhibitions, allowing for an international and cross-cultural foundation to be born as a result of many sources of input.
island6 now lays claim to an impressive five gallery spaces. In Shanghai, the island6 Flagship Gallery and island6 ShGarden, both call the m50 arts district home, while island6 Bund is nestled into the historic Bund riverfront. Internationally, the collective exhibits at island6 Hong Kong in the Sheung Wan neighborhood of Hong Kong and in March of 2014, island6 will welcome its newest branch to the family: island6 Marina, located in Phuket, Thailand.
The island6 Arts Collective has traversed the globe, forging partnerships with highly esteemed galleries such as Beijing’s Red Gate Gallery, Bangkok’s Lotus Arts De Vivre and Art Seasons Singapore to name a few, while also participating in an impressive amount of international art fairs such as the Hong Kong Art Fair, Art Paris, Art Stage Singapore, Contemporary Istanbul, KIAF Art Fair and many more.
Abut Liu Dao 六岛: is the name given to the artists, technicians, curators, painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, new media artists, software and digital imaging artists, dancers, writers, engineers and everyone in between, who all collaborate to make the art which is displayed in and represented by island6. All the works produced are the result ofintense collaboration by people from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, which is then reflected back by the artworks themselves. The artworks are made on-site at the flagship gallery in Shanghai, where there is a large workshop and an adjoining gallery in which to display the finished works. Ranging in mediums as diverse as LED technology to reclaimed antique furniture and interactive artworks, they forge pieces that both challenge the way we perceive objects and images, but do so with a tongue-in-cheek humor that is integral to many of Liu Dao’s works.
Dates: From March 14 th to April 14 th, 2014
Curation: Margaret Johnson & David Keohane
Art Direction: Thomas Charvériat
Scenographer: Jean Le Guyader, Anto Lau
Research: Weronika Nossowicz, Kathleen McCampbell, Kimberley Shillam, Rosie Dillon
Artistic Research: Xu Yihan 徐义涵, Jin Yun 金云
Music: David Keohane
Coordination: Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁, Guan Yan 官彦
Venue: island6 Marina, Royal Phuket Marina, 68 Moo 2, Thepkasattri Rd, Kohkaew, Muang, Phuket, Thailand
Artist: island6 Arts Collective