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SHANNON LIANG, ROTTERDAM

http://shannonliang.com

The Sun Burns An Image Into My Eye

The Sun Burns An Image Into My Eye" is a video work which takes a form between a reverie and an essay, on interconnectedness and permeability. 

'Interconnectedness regarding chemical, physical, emotional, generational, and geopolitical levels. We exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with plants, water leaks through the floor into the ceiling below, my parents left China for a better life in the US and I left the US for a better life in the Netherlands. My sadness becomes my mother’s sadness. The setting sun here in Rotterdam moves across the sky to rise on the other side of the earth. We organize the world into separate objects but in reality the boundaries are less clear.

Alongside, I present a series of cyanotypes. Just as the sun burns an image into my eye, it also fixes cyanotype chemicals, burning an image into paper. These cyanotypes depict flowers blooming on branches, partially obstructed from view. When I find the first pink blooms in spring, I am filled with hope and relief, that despite the seemingly unlivable cold, the buds return every year. They wait, stoic and protected. And when the time comes, they always return. The ordinariness of it amazes me.'

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Each print is made to order and will be shipped out within 2 weeks. Limited prints may be available at WORM Rotterdam for self-pickup on 2 July.

Arising from a process of observation, documentation, and repeated looking, and drawing on quotidian and widely accessible mediums of phone photography and video, Shannon Liang’s multidisciplinary practice focuses on mundanity and the ephemeral, notably in the interaction between humans and other living beings. Recent works apply a perspective of empathy and vulnerability, exploring the power structures inherent in horticultural practices. Previously NY-based, currently an MFA candidate at Piet Zwart Institute: Lens-Based Media in Rotterdam.

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A LITTLE LONGER, A BIT FARTHER

Print Unframed / Cyanotype on 160g Heavyweight Paper / 28x38 cm / Edition of 5

Price 200 €

Past the blurred foreground, the flowers are sharp in the near distance - close at hand but not right here yet. 

Using this archival technique of cyanotype image-making, the sun exposes the potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate solution, leaving a deep blue image stained in the paper.

Each print varies based on sunlight conditions, imbued with the weather of that day.

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A BREEZE BLOWS SOFT

Print Unframed / Cyanotype on 160g Heavyweight Paper / 28x38 cm / Edition of 5

Price 200 €

Past the blurred foreground, the flowers are sharp in the near distance - close at hand but not right here yet. 

Using this archival technique of cyanotype image-making, the sun exposes the potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate solution, leaving a deep blue image stained in the paper.

Each print varies based on sunlight conditions, imbued with the weather of that day.

03

NEAR IN THE DISTANCE

Print Unframed / Cyanotype on 160g Heavyweight Paper / 28x38 cm / Edition of 5

Price 200 €

Past the blurred foreground, the flowers are sharp in the near distance - close at hand but not right here yet. 

Using this archival technique of cyanotype image-making, the sun exposes the potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate solution, leaving a deep blue image stained in the paper.

Each print varies based on sunlight conditions, imbued with the weather of that day.