VISUAL ARTS

Hai-Hsin Huang Solo Exhibition in New York

June 26- July 17, 2014 Reception/ Thursday, June 26, 6-8PM Leigh Wen Fine Art / 548 West 28th Street, #636, New York, NY 10001 Taiwanese artist Huang Hai-Hsin’s 2015 Solo Exhibition is on view at 548 W28th Street, #636 in New York. Huang’s deeply psychological and perceptive works distill elements from everyday scenes, and reanimate them in wonderfully twisted arrangements of humor, awkwardness and felt imagination uniquely conducive to painting. These small, curious pockets of narratives expand and implode without consideration for resolution, and never lose touch with their roots in observation and reality. Huang cites Luc Tuymans, Balthus, Munch and Hopper as critical inspirations, and employs a striking palette that is often exaggeratedly saturated and somewhat jarring. Her early works were influenced by source images such as vintage photograph and digitally compressed online thumbnails; she later abandoned her attempt to simulate the ghostly haze of aged photos with paint, and her newest work is a bright suite of seemingly simple moments, articulated with brash and decidedly in-focus brush strokes. They document the plentiful, often overlooked possibilities of absurdity that make up and enliven modern society, a world that is no longer sensible to be measured against one continuous frame …

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I-Ting Hou in “Preliminary Study: RSI–T” Curated by Naomi Lev

SLAG Gallery (56 Bogart Street, New York, NY, 11206) Exhibition Dates: May 16 – June 15, 2014 Opening Reception: May 16, 2014, 7 -9 PM Gallery Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 1 – 6 pm “Preliminary Study: RSI – T” is a group exhibition that will take place at SLAG Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. The show which will open to the public on May 16, 2014, and will be comprised of art works that relate to today’s technological challenges and the evolution of the body in relation to these rapid changes. The title of the exhibition originated with a preliminary research of the subject matter, which is an initial exploration via medical and scientific researches. In the last decade, technology has appeared in our lives in an extremity. We notice an accumulation of long hours sitting in front of the computer screens, I-phones and I-Pads, social media accounts, and other operating devices (more recently google glasses, Wii, and more). As in ancient days, when man was physically built to hunt and gather food, today our bodily operating systems are being adapted to the increasingly growing technological demands. This very recent evolution has not only influenced our bodily functions and …

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Shimmers in the Drawer – A solo exhibition by Liang-Pin Tsao

Venue: Chinese American Arts Council / Gallery 456 (456 Broadway, 3rdFloor. New York, NY 10013) Opening reception: May 8th, Thursday, 6-8 PM Exhibition date: May 8th – May 29th, 2014 Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 12-5 PM The exhibition is generously supported by the Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. (Taiwan) and Pakhing Kan Arts Foundation. About the exhibition The exhibition title, Shimmers in the Drawer, is by and large an euphemistic metaphor. The word “shimmers” alludes to the departed and bygones, while “drawer” refers to one’s mind. It is essentially about people and events that had left long-lasting imprints in one’s life. Despite separation or the passage of time, the memories and things they left behind still intertwine subtly with the lives of the keepers, revealing their close connection in the past as well as the disconnection at present. Open the drawer, and look back at the items and memories scattered inside. What do we do with the things that were once endowed with intimate feelings after breaking up? How do we settle down the memories that were displaced in reality when worlds apart? In terms of form, this exhibition is perhaps comparable to a lost-and-found. Moreover, while waiting the lost …

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ONE KIND OF BEHAVIOR by SHYU Ruey-Shiann at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

Beginning May 1, The Bronx Museum of the Arts will present Shyu Ruey-Shiann’s kinetic installation One Kind of Behavior at its North Wing second-floor terrace. With dozens of same-sized steel buckets scattered on the floor, One Kind of Behavior will transform the spacious terrace into a vibrant, playful and intriguing landscape. This exhibition is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. (Taiwan) and it will be on view through August 17, 2014. Upon entering the terrace, one’s auditory perception is immediately stimulated by the sound of clashing metal. Random reverberation captures the space. Viewers are greeted by dozens of metal buckets, each undulating to its own unique rhythm. Shyu works with different material and media to explore themes related to our environment. The installation One Kind of Behavior is inspired by the quasi-mechanical movements of creatures like hermit crabs. The artist sees within the landscape of nature, languid movements of opening and closing of the hermit crab’s shells, a stark contrast to contemporary society where things move at high speed. The fact that hermit crabs occupy shells discarded by other species is another source of interest to the artist, who sees in this special relationship a metaphor for our human …

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Long-Bin Chen: Composers

Feb. 25- May 25, 2014 Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia Organized by WEST COLLECTION The late Susan Sontag had it right: “A good book is an education of the heart.” Not only do books enlarge one’s “sense of human possibility,” she wrote, they also expand the individual’s “experience of the world.” Conversely—the great American cultural critic declared—books are “creators of inwardness.” It doesn’t take a huge imaginative leap to believe that, had she been asked, Sontag would have easily extended her observations to choice bits of music or objects d’art. That goes double had she ever been confronted with Long-bin Chen’s bookish busts of classical composers. An artist who has taken to carving bizarrely realistic sculpture from the detritus of our machine-age civilization, Long-bin Chen has for more than two decades turned the old modernist idea of truth to materials into a capacious digital-era sculptural metaphor. As the artist put in an interview, it was sometime in 1992 that he realized that the personal computer had begun making the world of books effectively obsolete. Not long after, he began cutting up hard and paperback volumes, newsprint, and recycled paper. The results are trick-the-eye sculptures that represent modernity’s most …

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2014 Looking for LOHAS Talents-The “working holiday” Program of Gold Museum

Since the grand opening in 2004, the Gold Museum has been dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the mining cultural heritage in the Shuinandong-Jinguashi-Jiufen area. On a continuing basis, the aim of the program is to enhance the networking between local features and environmental resources and to fully present the integration of mining cultural heritage and history in the area. In August 2012 the Gold Museum has firstly introduced the concept of “working holiday”, all the “LOHAS Talents” are invited to join the program in Jinguashi, which is one of the world-class landscapes in Taiwan. The program provides free accommodation in a Japanese Style Dormitory area. By joining the program all the LOHAS Talents can experience the atmosphere and the lifestyle in the old mine mountain through the interaction with the local artists. This program will be launched again next year, in order to revitalize the old village and promote cultural and art development in the triangular area of Shuinandong-Jinguashi-Jiufen. The selected artists are welcome to choose any one of three periods to explore the festivities, creative works of the local artists and the full series of museum events in the area. The program aims to bring the visiting artists a …

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I-Ting Hou and Liang-Pin Tsao participate in “Gift, exchange and collaboration” project to conclude their New York residency program

Exhibition event and Talk on Saturday, Sept. 21st, 2013 at 12-6PM Residency Unlimited (360 Court St. Unit #4 Brooklyn, NY 11231) Gift, exchange and collaboration While one could argue that the work of Tashi Brauen (Switzerland), I-Ting Hou (Taiwan), Avigail Talmor (Israel) and Liang-Pin Tsao (Taiwan) share a documentary impulse in their work or present a savvy investigation of subject/object relations, such common threads negate the inherent characteristics and unique quality of their respective practices. In lieu of presenting a thematic group exhibition, the artists have opted to collaborate on a project. During the planning process, each production meeting began with the exchange of a gift – material or conceptual–that represented aspects of their individual practices and backgrounds. Consequently, the artists will present a collaborative relay project, in which the discussions revolving around gifts, both cultural and artistic exchange, serve as the parameters. A conversation, moderated by curator Rachel Gugelberger, will focus on their collaborative process, specifically the challenges they may have faced; issues of self-imposed restraint and creation; the possibility for a prolonged meditation on their respective themes or the potentially liberating deviations from their work to date.

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“Monkey Magic” Public Art in NYC by Tang-Wei Hsu

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and the New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Urban Art Program announced Taiwanese artist Tang-Wei Hsu’s Monkey Magic, a new artwork produced for the pedestrian safety island at 9th Avenue and 36th Street in Manhattan. Monkey Magic, continues Tang-Wei Hsu’s use of anime and science fiction-influenced graphics. This totemic sculpture references the ancient South Asian fables Three Monkeys and The Journey to the West as well as Hsu’s own experience in New York where he has lived intermittently for the past three years. Coated with symbols of both landscape and manufacturing, the figures extend into the surrounding bustle, offering brief respite to passersby. Tang-Wei Hsu obtained an MFA in Architecture at the Tainan National University of the Arts. Hsu’s paintings begin from an imagined fantasy space extending into installation, sculpture and public art. His solo exhibitions include Sphere of Planetesimals, National Central University Art Center, Taiwan; Evolutionism, Gallery J. Chen, Taipei, Taiwan; Dredging Up the Drift, ITPARK Gallery, Taipei; Fantasy, Art Center of Hsinchu University of Education, Follower, Shin Leh Yuan Art Space, Taipei. Group exhibitions include Art Fair Tokyo, Tokyo; China International Gallery Exposition (CIGE 2009), China World Trade Center Exhibition …

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“Music while We Work” (2011) by Hong-Kai Wang exhibited in MoMA

Soundings: A Contemporary Score @ MoMA, NYC August 10–November 3, 2013 The Museum of Modern Art presents Soundings: A Contemporary Score, the first group exhibition at MoMA to single out sound as a form of artistic expression, and one of the first of its kind in New York. The exhibition is on view from August 10 to November 3, 2013, in the third-floor Special Exhibitions Gallery and other locations around the Museum. Soundings features the work of 16 contemporary artists working with sound, from the United States, Uruguay, Norway, Denmark, England, Scotland, Germany, Australia, Japan, and Taiwan. With a broad understanding of art, architecture, performance, telecommunications, philosophy, and music, these artists move comfortably among mediums, while listening and hearing remain central to their practice. Soundings is organized by Barbara London, Associate Curator, with Leora Morinis, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA. At a time when the experience of sound is increasingly private—delivered through earbuds and headphones—Soundings is a communal exploration of how and what we hear, and what we might make of it. Sound art, still a relatively undefined territory, satisfies artists’ urge to pioneer new forms. They inventively link sound both to the other human senses …

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