From January to March 2012, Tally Beck Contemporary presented an exhibition of the artist collective island6 from Shanghai, China. The eclectic group is well known for its dynamic LED work and inventive digital multimedia pieces. The exhibition, entitled Sin City—Impressions of Shanghai: New Work by island6, opened at Tally Beck Contemporary Gallery, 42 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002, on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, with an opening reception from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and ran through March 11, 2012. The opening event also was a celebration of the Chinese New Year with a special lion dance performance by Dance China New York and catering by Marja Samsom.
Sin City—Impressions of Shanghai comprises over a dozen multimedia pieces produced in 2011 and 2012. In addition to the myriad of LED creations, highlights include new neon work, telephone interactive video and other new media not previously exhibited in the United States.
island6 has begun to shine on the Asian contemporary art scene because of its innovative use of electronic media to characterize the city of Shanghai. This exhibition explores the realties and myths of 1930s Shanghai, focusing on female sexuality and issues of exoticism, eroticism and Orientalism. Combining videographic technology with LED lights and found objects such as furniture and décor elements, the collective produces animated, sociohistorical vignettes of 1930s Shanghai and the collision of Chinese and colonial cultures. Their work has been shown extensively in Asia and Oceania as well as in art fairs and special exhibitions in the U.S., France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and Morocco.