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SHI YONG 施勇
b. 1963, works and lives in Shanghai

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SHI YONG 施勇
2018
Animated Neon Light with scanner control
78(H)*80(W)*6cm | 24 Beats  /  1 minute
Edition of 3 + 2AP
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Shi Yong’s shining neon light in the dark seems to be a symbolized beacon, yet pointing out a direction within infinite nothingness. The color appears warm and inviting, but the nature of the device as an inhuman electrical equipment demonstrates a sober calmness, coinciding with the beauty of Saudade - whereas the future is undetermined, thus perhaps terrifying, the saudade-wise past is tender and comforting, but we are never able to revisit it again. This work reminds us of Shi Yong’s "A bunch of happy fantasies", only this time there is no more metaphoric narrative or intimate touch on personal emotions, only dispassionate understanding of the reality of time or a collective melancholy.

-----Curator Yuko Hasegawa

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Related Exhibitions:
Saudade - Irretrievable Place in Time Museu Coleção Berardo, Portugal 11.16, 2018 -01.06, 2019
Saudade: Unmemorable Place in Time Fosun Foundation, Shanghai 07.03, 2018 -08.26, 2018



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