VISUAL ARTS

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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Taipei Cultural Center Announces Winners of 2017 RU Program

The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to announce that Ms. Chen An-An and Ms. Chang Yun Han are this year’s winners of the four-month residency program at New York’s noted non-profit arts organization Residency Unlimited. According to the TCC, a total of 18 Taiwanese artists submitted applications during the open call. A jury formed by RU Program Director Boshko Boskovic, former Whitney Museum of American Art guest curator and current New York University adjunct faculty Howie Chen, and TCC Director Susan Yu convened on Feb. 22, 2017 to review the applications. The winners were selected based on the artistic quality of their work, quality of the proposed project, likely benefit to the artist from RU’s tailored residency, artist’s interest in engaging with the New York community, as well as English language proficiency. “It was very interesting for me to find out that a number of emerging Taiwanese artists go abroad to receive degrees in the Masters of Fine Arts Programs in Europe or the United States,” said Boskovic. “I feel that the quality of the applicants’ work was very good, the only criticism would be that some artists were not precise in regards to the project they …

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”Considerate Creations: Chameleons” Contemporary Women Artists Show Opening

On view from March 17th to April 28th, 2017, the Taipei Cultural Center at TECO-NY is delighted to present a female group show, titled 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. Videos, photographs and installations, all of which focus on the different roles of an artist’s life, are part of the exhibition. Besides discussing their many 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. To expand the dialogue from Taiwan to New York, the new exhibition consists of two parts. The first part of Chameleons is taking place at the Taiwan Academy in New York featuring three New York-based female artists, including HU Nung-Hsin, CHIU Yu-Chen and WONG Kit-Yi. In June, the second half will consist of another three female Taiwanese artists and will be held at Gallery 456, New York. Chameleon artists is a global phenomenon in the art world, and it speaks to a certain quality of this business. When …

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“A Disappearing Act” Presents Remakes of the Never-Realized Original

A Disappearing Act Feb 16 – Feb 27, 2017 Opening: Thursday, Feb 16, 7 – 9pm Hours: Saturday – Thursday, 12 – 8pm Venue: Triangle, 20 Jay Street, #317, Brooklyn, NY 11201 … technique finally reproducing permanently the violence of the accident; the mystery of speed remains a secret of light and heat from which even sound is missing. – Paul Virilio, Aesthetics of Disappearance A Disappearing Act presents two newly commissioned projects by Su Yu-Hsien and Cici Wu, both developed from archival research in an effort to reconstruct historical works that were either lost, fragmented, never realized, or inherently ephemeral. Thinking of archives as constructive and active catalysts that generate new meanings and spur artistic imagination, the exhibition aims to reflect on the boundary between originality and reproducibility, and to explore questions surrounding the notion of authorship: What does it mean to sign one’s name, or to withdraw it? What happens when images begin to circulate in absence of ‘the artist’? The project further investigates the politics and practices of those who resist through the act of disappearing. Su’s restaging of Prophet, a play written by the Taiwanese avant-garde artist Huang Hua-Chen (1935-96), much of whose work has been …

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2017 LunarFest to Usher in the Year of the Rooster in Cities Across Canada

Re-live the Olympic hype this January and help Canada bring home the gold at the LunarFest Rooster Winter Games! The Year of the Rooster in the lunar calendar is a year for courage, bravery, and hard work – do you have what it takes to reach the podium? 2017 LunarFest is back to celebrate the Lunar New Year like never before in downtown Vancouver from January 27 to 29, and then move on to Toronto on February 4 and 5. The venue in Vancouver this year relocates to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza while awaiting completion of the renovated art gallery plaza. As to Toronto, this year the festival has found a new home in Metro Hall, where Lunar Crafts returns with a variety of vibrant Rooster-themed workshops to spice up Toronto’s ice and snow! Don’t forget to check on your new years’ resolutions at the Fortune Telling shrines where one will foretell your love life and the other your wealth! Juno nominees Ginalina and Michel Bruyer lead a songwriting workshop in “Alligator Stew: Kids Write Songs” and craft a song to ring in the Year of the Rooster. The Tung & Bedzvin Duo’s unique blend of vocals, Chinese erhu, …

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Open Call—2017 RU Residency for Taiwanese Artists

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is proud to announce its 5th open call for two Taiwanese artists for a four-month residency each, from July 1 to October 31, 2017, at Residency Unlimited (RU) in New York City. Artists that specialize in visual arts and performance arts are encouraged to submit their applications for this opportunity. Applications are due February 13, 2017. This program is generously supported by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan). The residency covers round-trip air tickets to and from New York City, a monthly allowance of $2000 to cover living costs during the residency, and a $1000 exhibition production stipend. RU, a non-profit art organization established in New York in 2009, supports the creative process and promotes exchange through its unique residency program and year-round public programs. Moving beyond the traditional studio model, RU forges strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions to offer flexible and customized residencies to meet individual goals and needs. RU is particularly committed to promoting multidisciplinary practices and building lasting connections between residents and the broader arts community. Apart from the aforementioned stipends from the MoC, this program also provides: • Access to RU’s shared, co-working space at 360 Court Street …

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“For a Better Tomorrow” exhibition opens in New York Dec. 3

“For a better tomorrow,” an exhibition that features works by four Taiwanese visual artists, is set to open on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 and run through the month at inCube Arts Space in Manhattan. “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country”— John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–1963) To use this famous quote as the opening of this curatorial essay is not an attempt to instigate nationalist ideological debates over political governance. On the contrary, it is to reveal how, in his critique of John F. Kennedy, American neoclassical economist Milton Friedman (1912–2006) with his idea of the “free man” and absolute freedom that it entails, defied democratic functioning in the name of economic freedom; how biopolitics verged on absolute control; how the neoliberal definition of “freedom” is distorted, to satisfy the desire for economic expansion, by political parties and corporate conglomerates into a weapon to disintegrate a nation and its democratic mechanisms, in turn constraining, trampling, and annihilating human freedom. A seemingly ironic slogan, “For a better tomorrow” is intended to underline the status quo where we are faced with a structural problem haunted by neoliberalism. The intervention of art turns …

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Artists Wrap up Their RU Residencies with ‘Interpreting Brooklyn’ Exhibition

The exhibition “Interpreting Brooklyn” appropriates the landscape of Brooklyn as a point of departure to commission new works by two Taiwanese artists in residency, Kai chun Chiang and Sean Wang. The show is curated by Boshko Boskovic, RU Program Director. Inspired by the diverse neighborhood of South Williamsburg where El Museo de Los Sures is located, both artists will create works that integrate cultural elements stemming from their native Taiwan. The works presented take many forms including sculpture, photography and video projections. In his proposal for Interpreting Brooklyn, Kai chun Chiang transfers historic and present day architectural photographs of Brooklyn onto ceramic tiles with images that he shot himself and taken from archives. Chiang contrasts the rich diversity of the Williamsburg façade patterns with middle class Taiwanese buildings whose wall decoration motifs were influenced by the European style from early 20th century onwards. Sean Wang’s starting point is a collection of Taiwanese landscape photographs which he re-inserts into the Brooklyn scenery. He appropriates the subculture of Taiwanese male amateur photographers who capture female subjects in the urban landscape. In this new hybrid photographic series, his muse is Lin Pin-Han, a professional dancer who has been studying dance since the age …

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