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"Ooh La La" by Liu Dao

"Ooh La La"

ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA Neon sign, stainless steel structure
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2011
SIZE 100(W)×80(H)×10(D) cm | 39.4(W)×31.5(H)×3.94(D) inches
WEIGHT ARTWORK WEIGHT: 19 kg | 41.8 lb
EXPOSURE exhibited in "Omen" & "Ooh La La!" at studio rouge on the bund
CREDITS Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Pete Bradt (production assistant) • Zhang Leihua 张雷华 (production coordination)

Contemporary Chinese society has adapted itself remarkably well to the new luxury lifestyle brought on the heels of rapid economic progress. The Chinese fixation with the keeping up of appearances through "face" and the unshakeable faith in the glowing future of economic development mean that luxury watches, bags, shoes, cars and clothing have been flying off the shelves. Branded-goods vendors are celebrating; sociologists are puzzling; the older generation of hoarders and savers are despairing; the young nouveau riche are just buying... and buying... in greater quantities, and with greater regularity. "Ooh La La" is a call from the psyche of the young ingénue, newly rich and successful, traipsing down the pedestrian streets along West Nanjing Road on a balmy weekend afternoon. Scores of buy-signals reach out tantalizingly to these youthful shoppers; flush with optimism for the future, absolute self-confidence, and wallet full of cash and credit cards, they succumb willingly and enthusiastically to the commercial temptations that abound around them. The bright flashing neon of the sign and the frivolous, excitable sentiment of the expression meld together in a shopping experience that not only is fun, but also representative of social success and the supreme reward for triumphing in the capitalist world. Liu Dao has adapted the French expression "Ooh La La" which is traditionally used as an expression of surprise, to comment on the astounding changes that international commercialism has brought to the Chinese. [Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳]

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