Horizon Realm

When 11 Jul 2013 - 9 Aug 2013
Where Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th St
New York, NY 10011
United States

July 11 – August 9, 2013
Opening reception: Tuesday, July 11, 6pm

With the support of the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, R. O. C, Horizon Realm: Contemporary Art from Taiwan organized by Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts and Jackson State University, will be on view at the Tenri Cultural Institute from July 11 through August 9, 2013. The reception is on Tuesday, July 11 at 6pm. The reception and exhibition are both free and open to the public.

The exhibition is an attempt to showcase Taiwanese artists’ work of their particular area. Teh I Chu’s abstract paintings are the result of his long-term investigation of color and space, which express his unique viewpoint of visual composition. From a rather intimate approach, Ava Pao-Shia Hsueh translates her emotional life into vivid color and line in her abstract paintings. Chung-Fan Chang’s Kite series reflects her meditative process of making while initiating a viewing experience that merges fluorescent colors into her poetic landscape. The fiber-based sculpture of Ping-Yu Pan applied various materials to subvert the perception of its reference whereas, Jun-Jieh Wang first erotizes and genders common objects and then presents these objects in a documentary fashion. By carefully arranging the documents in relation to one another, the work generates multiple ambiguities inter-textually. Jui-Chung Yao employs critical observation and an individual approach to exorcise political and cultural misunderstanding. The mosquito nail series of Chun-Hao Chen’s work not only unfolds his unique technique in remaking the Chinese landscape painting and conversing with old masters, but also bestows the seemingly identical paintings with new characters. The Three Sages in the Ocean of Misery by Mao-Lin Yang transforms the images of Buddhist deities with rather modern visual language, creating the conversation between East and West, as well as between the artist, viewer and the “Sages.” Mi-Lou series of Dar-Kuen Wu transforms street performers and artists into landmarks of various cities, and presents the possibilities of multiple-narrative structure image.

To conclude, Horizon Realm: Contemporary Art from Taiwan represents a cross section of contemporary art produced in Taiwan in the post Martial Law era of the late 1980’s when enforcement was relaxed and freedom was established. President Ching-kuo Chiang proclaimed the lifting of Martial Law in 1987 followed by the liberalization and democratization of Taiwan. The work of this exhibition encompasses painting, sculpture, installation, video, and photography, which as a whole investigates space, tactile material, and mixed media and addresses issues, such as politics and gender. Through each artwork, the issues in Taiwanese society are presented to create conversations between the United States and Taiwan and between the artworks and the viewers to promote mutual understanding as well as to shape the “fusion of horizon” from different ends of the earth.

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