Collaborations

Chickens and Eggs and Exhibitions.

Every island6 show undergoes its own unique and curious development. Not unlike a child in many ways, it can be rather difficult to quantify all the things that shape and influence its path. As most of you may already know, the process for shows is generally as follows: a) develop a concept b) articulate that concept...

That Workshop…

If you visit island6’s main gallery space in the M50 art district of Shanghai, you’re likely to hear the whir of power tools mixing with muffled voices that spill out from the back of the basketball court-sized area. These sounds (that are perhaps more suited to a carpenter’s woodshed than an art gallery) may prompt...

The sound of millions of dollars, sinking.

When a ship sinks into the ocean, if nobody is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? I am torn on my stance regarding this issue. When I was younger I would have told you to fuck off if you asked me that question. I had more important ways to spend my...
Liu Dao at Art Central Hong Kong

Liu Dao at Art Central Hong Kong

island6 joins our friends at Bath Street Gallery to participate in the first annual Art Central Hong Kong on March 14th through March 16th, 2015. Coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Central Hong Kong is the premiere showcase event for a new generation of artists and gallerists, and Liu Dao wouldn’t miss being a part of it for all...
Just in case you were wondering..?

Just in case you were wondering..?

I recently joined (what I consider to be, no partiality or anything…) one of the most exciting art collectives in the world: island6, known to many as Liu Dao. Over these past few weeks I’ve worked on more creatively sound projects than I have in my entire life. Alongside a team of unique and creative individuals, we’ve managed to whip...
"Lightning Strikes Twice"

“Lightning Strikes Twice”

As a typhoon approaches Shanghai, it puts me in mind of one of my favorite Liu Dao artworks. As a temporary visitor to the collective, I am drawn to certain artworks over others, naturally. But when you see an artwork’s creation – from idea, to manufacture, to exhibition – it can alter the way you...
In Case Of Love Emergency "Please Call"

In Case Of Love Emergency “Please Call”

  Love awaits us all, surely, though it may seem like a ….long wait, it will come. One day. While Foreigner’s “I want to know what love is” is Kong Fu-ing with your lips and caressing your heart, you are suddenly triggered by the urge to just call someone. Then maybe, Liudao‘s “It Girl” is just the...
Who is Liu Dao?

Who is Liu Dao?

It’s the number one question asked of gallery staff. Who is this mysterious person named Liu Dao? A person of indeterminate gender, what is their background? Did they hail from the countryside, were they trained classically or were they self-taught? Like Andy Warhol did they draw shoes for a living working for “the man” in...
If this artwork could speak: the art of blurb writing

If this artwork could speak: the art of blurb writing

When you stand before a work of contemporary art what are the questions you might ask? Do you want to know the dimensions or perhaps the media of that lustrous painterly surface? Or do you want to know the name of the artist, where they come from or even more obtusely, the year they were...
Machine Love: The Making of... "Everything Old Is New Again"

Machine Love: The Making of… “Everything Old Is New Again”

Imagine this. You pass a laneway in the dark. At the end of the dim, cavernous lane a beautiful woman flirts shamelessly. The object of her affection is not a handsome suitor but – a vending machine. She gyrates, blows kisses, and dances with the monolith. It puts me in mind of a famous scene from Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001:...
The Making of... "They Don't Call It Shanglow"

The Making of… “They Don’t Call It Shanglow”

If you suffer from vertigo or fear of heights this artwork – “They Don’t Call It Shanglow” – may be phobia-inducing. Panoramas and skylines, photographed in black and white, and populated with oversized LED animations, are a signature of the recent work of Liu Dao. We live in a global city with one of the world’s most...
Didn't We Just? The Making of... "The Fun We Had"

Didn’t We Just? The Making of… “The Fun We Had”

Let’s slip past the heavy front door of island6’s main gallery at the collective’s M50 headquarters in Shanghai. Join me and our cast of directors, choreographers and performing artists as we go behind the scenes of one of the photo-shoots for the making of “The Fun We Had,” a hybrid Liu Dao artwork that incorporates...