VISUAL ARTS

Exhibition Sheds Light on How Photographers Address Drastic Social Changes in Taiwan 1986-1990

History’s Shadows and Light Dates: Aug. 29 – Oct. 12, 2017 Venue: TECO-NY Gallery (1 E. 42nd St., 1st and 2nd floors) Curators: Sharleen YU, LIU Chen-hsiang Artists/Group: LIU Chen-hsiang│HSU Po-hsin│HUANG Tzu-ming │The Green Team Opening: Aug. 29, 6:30-8:00pm Curators’ Walkthrough: Aug. 29, 5:30pm Guided Tours: TBA Organized by and first shown as a special section of the exhibition Faint Light, Dark Shadows at Taipei Fine Arts Museum from March to June of this year, History’s Shadows and Light features photographs of major political and social movements in Taiwan from 1986 to 1990—a time when photography not only served witness to society’s drastic transformation immediately before and after the end of martial law in 1987, but also began to expand the expressive force and contagious appeal of the contemporary photographic aesthetic. This exhibition ponders some of the issues that arose with the lifting of martial law, such as human rights, farmers’ and workers’ movements, and environmental protection, as documented through the lens of several of Taiwan’s most representative photojournalists—Liu Chen-hsiang, Huang Tzu-ming and Hsu Po-hsin, as well as the rarely seen documentary films of the Green Team. Extracting the idea of processing photographs in a darkroom back in film-camera era, …

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“Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang” on View Jun 24 to Nov 12 at Worcester Art Museum

Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang features the work of Shih Chieh Huang, who combines his longstanding fascination with technology and the materials of modern life to transform mundane manufactured objects into novel and remarkably complex sculptural forms. Huang elevates circuit building, transistor rewiring, and other hardware operations into an art that connects not only with our senses but our sense of humanity between today’s virtual and analog existence. At the Worcester Art Museum, Huang plans to create his most ambitious immersive environment to date—a kinetic sculptural installation consisting of over one hundred various-sized elements. In addition to the exhibition, the artist will create onsite his Organic Concept, an infinitely scalable sculpture made from rolls of painter’s plastic and box fans. The creation will be a public performance in the Museum lobby on July 20, 2017. Afterwards, Organic Concept will be temporarily installed in the Renaissance Court. Reusable Universes resonates with the spirit of innovation and curiosity that continues to ground Worcester today. Huang’s art also will provoke the viewer to consider society’s rapidly changing relationship with technology. By constructing grand works of “low-tech” art made from high-tech parts that are intentionally built to look unfinished, Huang endeavors to recapture the …

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Considerate Creations: Chameleons – Part II

On view from June 16 to July 14, the Taipei Cultural Center in New York and Gallery 456 are delighted to co-present the second part of a female group show Considerate Creations: Chameleons. Curated by art manager I-Hua Lee of Taipei Artist Village, the exhibition implies that the hard work done behind the scenes allows art projects to successfully come to fruition. Artworks on display are in various forms, including video, photograph and installations, yet all focus on the female artists’ common experience of playing multiple roles. Apart from discussing the subject of women’s multiple roles, the exhibition also addresses family issues such as marital and parental relations. Considerate Creations: Chameleons is a sequel of Considerate Creations, which was presented in Taipei Artist Village in 2015 and will be touring to New York this year. This exhibition features works by female artists who wear many hats, from art directors, curators, museum staffs, archivists, to wives and moms. Taiwanese artists Chen Hui-Chiao, Wang Te-Yu, and Tsai Hai-Ru are invited to exhibit with New York-based artists Hu Nung-Hsin and Wong Kit-Yi/Ali Wong. Cross–disciplinary practice is a common state, and contemporary artists are commonly acquired a diverse skillset. Lee categorized this group of …

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Taiwan Culture Month Lecture:A Practical Digital Illustration Workshop

Event Info: Topic: Life In Art and Art In Life, a Practical Digital Illustration Workshop Speaker: Nina Edwards Time: 3:30-5:30pm, Thursday, June 1, 2017 Venue: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (1 East 42nd St.) This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. (Please click HERE to RSVP.) The biggest difference between illustration and fine art is that illustration is a form of commercial art: its aesthetics applies to everyday life. It has to perform certain functions and convey information to its target audience. This information is carried through newspapers, magazines, books, advertising, merchandise, and the internet into public life. Through different creative themes (fashion, travel, fantasy, current affairs, lifestyle, character design, etc.), media (traditional and digital) and markets (gifts, stationery, animation, advertising, graphic novels, picture books, promotions, home furnishing, and decorative wall art), illustrators demonstrate diverse, lively, and everyday sides of the illustration field to the consumers’ lives. Nina Edwards has nearly 20 years of illustration, graphic design, and curating experience in the US. She teaches Fashion Illustration, Digital Art, and Art Licensing classes and workshops at Pratt Institute. Her expertise includes digital and watercolor illustrations, especially integrating opposing elements such as traditional …

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Upcoming Lecture: A Steel Cable Connecting the World Sculptor shares the story of using discarded elevator cables to create his new work

“I first had to clean the used cables with chemicals before molding them in to the shape I desired. I suffered burns, eye injuries and muscle strains and I was exposed to high levels of dioxins as a result of working with a welder for long periods……” sculptor Kang Muxiang recalled the process of his first sculpture made from retired elevator cable. “Nevertheless, giving up a portion of my short life in exchange for a piece of eternal art, a bequest to future generations was all worthwhile,” he added. Kang worked day and night for about 18 months to complete his first artwork titled “Infinite Life” using discarded elevator cables from Taipei 101, formerly the world’s tallest building and now the fifth. Elevator cables are made from numerous steel wires wound tightly together. They are exceptionally difficult to bend, let alone shape into sculptures. “Everyone thought I was crazy, but I just wanted to do it. If I weren’t a little bit crazy, how could I be an artist?” Kang said. “The cables carried 6.6 million visitors during their six years of operation, so there seemed to be millions of lives wound up in them. That thought really intrigued me.” …

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2017 Taiwan Culture Month Kicks off May 18

PROGRAM May 18-June MUSIC 音樂會 POETRY, SIZHU AND TAIWANESE OPERA BY CHAI FOUND MUSIC WORKSHOP 采風樂坊絲竹音樂會 Fri., May 26, 2:00pm, Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Ave, New York) This performance will be followed by a Q &A session with the musicians. Sat., May 27, 3:30pm, Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main St, Flushing) Sun., May 28 afternoon, Passport to Taiwan Festival, Union Square North Sizhu(絲竹), a type of ensemble arrangement that includes traditional Chinese string and woodwind instruments, has been the most fundamental musical style of the Chai Found Music Workshop (hereafter referred to as CFMW). CFMW’s music performances blends multi-directional components, such as including Taiwanese folksongs, traditional Taiwanese Opera, old Mandarin ballads, modern music, popular music, children’s musicals, oriental musical theater, and orchestration, with ethnic musical instruments. In this performance, CMFW will bring to the stage various interpretations of sizhu music and showcase the infinite possibilities of this hundreds-year-old genre. In “Classic Sizhu” CMFW will present a classical repertoire with fresh, novel arrangements; in “Modern Sizhu” CMFW will perform specially commissioned works from Taiwanese composers; while in “Poetry and Taiwanese Opera” the group will integrate lines of classic Tang poetry into the diverse musical modes of Taiwanese operatic style. IMPRESSION FORMOSA—A …

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Chi-Wen Gallery Presents New Work by Chieh-Chi Chang and Yin-Ju Chen at Frieze New York’s Main Section

For its third consecutive appearance at Frieze New York and first time in the art fair’s Main Section, Chi-Wen Gallery will present Chien-Chi Chang’s The War That Never Was (2017) and Yin-Ju Chen’s Extrastellar Evaluations (2016). In the video The War That Never Was, Chang interviews his mother, who was born in 1938 in a poor region of Taiwan. His questions are about her life as a wife, a mother and a laborer. With her life dedicated to survival, global affairs have little meaning to her and she never heard of the Cold War. The questions juxtapose important family moments with historical events during the Cold War, presented as archival photographs, film and sketches. The presentation is complemented with a sound installation “You and the Atomic Bomb by George Orwell 1945,” in which Stephen Barnes reads the famous George Orwell essay “You and the Atomic Bomb” that coined the term “Cold War.” Chen explores the function of power in human society, collective thinking and collective unconsciousness, and most recently the relationship between human behavior and the cosmos. Extrastellar Evaluations continues her research into dystopia, conspiracy and art history. Referencing a theory within biogeography that posited the existence of a “lost …

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Taiwan Comic Artists come to MoCCA Arts Festival 2017

The annual New York MoCCA Arts Festival will take place at the “Metropolitan West” in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, on April 1st and 2nd. This exhibition features independent comics, and cartoon artists. The Taipei Cultural Center is delighted to present two emerging comic artists, 61Chi and Crystal KUNG in the festival with the hope of elevating the international visibility of Taiwanese comics and graphic novels in the US. MoCCA Arts Festival Information: Venue: Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th Street), Taipei Cultural Center Booth: G230 Date: April 1-2, 2017, 11am to 6pm Organizer: Society of Illustrators Website: https://www.societyillustrators.org/mocca-arts-festival Comics Workshop Information: This workshop is co-organized by the Taipei Cultural Center and the New York Public Library. Artists 61Chi and Crystal KUNG will present living drawing. This workshop is free and open to the public. Date: April 3rd, 2017, 6:30pm to 8pm Venue: Co-Lab Room, Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Avenue) About the Comics Artists: 61Chi 61Chi was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1988. In 2007, she published her first Doujinshi illustration book and has so far published more than a dozen books. In 2014, her first comic work “ROOM” with Dala Publishing company marked the beginning of her career as a professional comic …

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Rewoven: Innovative Fiber Art Opens from March 30th at QCC Art Gallery

On view from March 30th at QCC Art Gallery, REWOVEN: Innovative Fiber Art showcases 24 artists whose extraordinary creativity and commitment to nature, environmental and social issues take flight in a convergence of painted, woven, netted, sewn, assembled and installed artworks. Curated by Luchia Meihua Lee, Fangling Tseng, Faustino Quintanilla, and Amy Winter , Rewoven is an international collaboration between the Taiwanese American Arts Council, New York; the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, CUNY; and the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College. While some pieces incorporate traditional craft, most of the artists use contemporary strategies to transform natural, industrial, and waste materials into works of wit, whimsy, protest, and beauty that address the endangered Earth. Each piece displays ingenuity in redefining the practice of fiber art. In pursuit of a radical agenda, these compelling voices reexamine innovation, social justice, and art history in a distinctly Taiwanese context. Of the artists, 15 are from Taiwan while nine are New York based. The exhibition is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and co-organized by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York. Exhibition Information Dates: March 30 – June 20, 2017 Venue: QCC Art …

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