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"Freudian Instinct" by Liu Dao
TITLE "Freudian Instinct" (弗洛伊德的本能)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA RGB LED display, acrylic painting, paper collage, teakwood frame
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2014
SIZE 103.5(W)×103.5(H)×5(D) cm | 41(W)×41(H)×2(D) inches
TECH SPECS 4×ELN-30-5 (INPUT 100~240VAC@0.75A / OUTPUT 5V@5A)
(6+1 spare)×RGB PH5-RGBV1-16S-S3528-DQ
WEIGHT UNCRATED: 28 kg | 61.7 lb • CRATED: 40 kg | 88.2 lb
CRATE SIZE 114(W)×114(H)×15.5(D) cm | 45(W)×45(H)×6(D) inches
EXPOSURE “Silk to Bitcoin” at island6 Shanghai
CREDITS Xu Yihan 徐义涵 (painting) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Jean Le Guyader (documentation) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor)

You might speculate that the vase is just a vase. Magritte excited the Freudian instinct to see objects as ciphers when he painted The Treachery of Images with its bold injunction 'Ceci n'est pas une pipe'. A pipe was after all, not a pipe, but its representation. Does the vase stand for something else? Is it a metaphor for rebirth, of delivery from darkness into light? Does it invoke the history and rebirth of China? Or perhaps it is something literal. In matters of aesthetics, form does not always follow function. Those sinuous curves and the fluted neck - is it actually the remembrance of a warm naked body? Or is it a reliquary perhaps, for the ashes of a loved one. [Daniel Browning]

STATUS N/A. Private Collection, London.
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