Part of his latest series of large cityscapes, Liu has painted a truly futuristic metropolis. As the title suggests, this work shows a city enveloped in a purple glow, possibly hinting at the pollution that hangs over our cities. Here, Liu has woven an age- old Chinese Tao myth of origins, where the phrase “purple air” was used to describe the energy/life force that opened up the universe. In his expansive panoramas of congested building clusters, one finds gigantic structures resembling space ships: designed ready to launch. Some so enormous that they are cut-off at mid-point – towering into the stratosphere. The shapes of these megalopolises are like supermarket bar codes, suggesting that cities could be scanned like any commercial product. Liu’s work begs the questions: where do we come from, where we are now and where we are going.


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