ISLAND6 SH GARDEN
Inside the towering metropolis of Shanghai is an oasis buried in the heart of Moganshan Lu…
2013 saw a consistent theme in island6’s exhibitions and artworks. Jian Zhi 剪紙 tree’s haunted the backgrounds of LED illuminations and given the themes of A Garden Beneath The Streetlights, Body-City-Mechanism and the Beijing exhibition of Metropolis Rises, it seems nature was on our mind.
In another coupling of nature and technology we grew island6: Shanghai Garden. This concept space and garden sanctuary asks you to ponder the ideologies behind two opposing driving forces of the city. Nature vs. Technology, is it possible to have the two side by side? Well as a technologically inspired artist collective who takes a lot of their influence from nature, we think so.
Liu Dao set up their Shanghai Garden at the former Studio Rouge M50. The inaugural garden party coincided with our vernissage of the Body-City-Mechanism exhibition, a partnership between Studio Rouge and island6 that opened on the 25th of April in 2013. The garden was illuminated with blue lanterns as people lounged on chairs and enjoyed several hookah pipes to the musical stylings of The Jokers. At the end of 2013, island6 took full ownership of the space, when George Michell of Studio Rouge decided to focus his efforts on his Hong Kong gallery.
The Shanghai Garden has proved an ideal space for Liu Dao’s transformative powers. It was converted into a lush, mystical oasis on August 8th for the opening of the Medina 50 exhibition, which explored the rich culture of Morocco through the modern eyes of Liu Dao.
island6: ShGarden once again transformed when it turned up the kink with its latest exhibition, Modality and Guilty Pleasures, which opened on February 10th with the smack of a whip and snap of handcuffs.
Whilst all the cogs of the city kept pumping, and the masses scurried about amongst the feet of skyscrapers, no one noticed the breathing of the green bushes in the corner… Ready to reclaim what was once theirs…
50 Moganshan Lu, Bld 7, G/F (#109)
Shanghai 200060, P.R.C
(near Changhua Lu and Xi Suzhou Lu, behind Aomen Lu)
EXHIBITION HOURS: DAILY 11:00 TO 18:00