Taiwanese artist Chung-chuan Cheng’s paintings that evoke feelings of peace and tension

Chung-chuan Cheng’s works reflect the artist’s inward journey towards her subconscious and demonstrates the inner workings of her mind as she interacts with the outside world. Born to a prominent family of doctors in Hsinchu City, Cheng was the only one in the family who demonstrated artistic inclinations and actually pursued it. She joined the Fifth Moon Art Group while studying Fine Arts at National Taiwan Normal University. She moved to Japan where she concentrated on being a home maker, putting off painting for almost 30 years. At 60, she took up the brush again and started painting. She has since exhibited her works in Japan and Taiwan. Currently, she resides in Japan with her family and returns to Taiwan from time to time.

The pieces collected here were part of the exhibit titled Little Streams Make Mighty Oceans. Some of which are currently on view at Powen Gallery in Taipei until 29 October.

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Japanese art collective Art Unidentified (AU) group show at Whitestone Gallery in Taipei

The Japanese art group Artist Union, or AU, was established by Masunobu Yoshimura along with other artists in 1975. However, it was found out later on that the name of the group was easily mistaken for a labor organization. Hence, the name of the group was changed to Art Unidentified, while still keeping the AU abbreviation. The late Japanese action painter Shozo Shimamoto, the founding member of the GUTAI Group and AU director, considered AU as a platform for artistic endeavors that provides artists opportunities and network with the world. Today, AU continues to welcome young and emerging artists.

The pieces collected below are part of the exhibit Shozo Shimamoto x AU Brother in Arms at Whitestone Gallery in Taipei.

 

Tsubasa Kono

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Takaaki Shiomi

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Yuhei Takada

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Misako Sato

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Ms&Mr Shu

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Masanori Nakao

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Fumiko Tanaka

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Kumie Kajihara

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Mad Rice

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Kohei Matsui

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Aki Tosei

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ARTIST miu

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Installation View of Shozo Shimamoto x AU Brother in Arms

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Swiss artist Marck’s video sculptures that explore how women are viewed in today’s society

Marck’s works are a combination of ” films and videos, multimedia based projects, performances, music and sculptural as well as kinetic objects”(via Red Sea Gallery). The women in Marck’s video sculptures are locked in narrow spaces. There’s a feeling of oppression, claustrophobia, and helplessness just by looking at them. However, Marck does not want his works to solely veer towards women’s politics. Instead, he believes that his works represent what the society thinks of women and their status in the world they live in. For the artist, his works do not provide answers but he wants the audience to raise questions.

You can see more of his works on his website.

The pieces collected below are part of the exhibition titled The Box currently open for viewing at Bluerider ART in Taipei until 28 October.

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Late Japanese artist Shozo Shimamoto’s splatter art

As a founding member of the Japanese post-war avant-garde group Gutai Art Association, Shozo Shimamoto pioneered action painting and performance art in Japan. The artist is known for filling glass and plastic bottles and throwing them against canvases, resulting in striking splashes of paint across the canvas. One time he even threw paint out of a helicopter! For his smaller works, the artist would throw paint all over the canvas and then cut it into pieces. His splatter art was sometimes made in front of an audience. Like Jackson Pollock’s works, Shimamoto’s paintings breathe life and hint at movement that never seem to cease.

For more info about his works, please contact Whitestone Gallery in Taipei.

To learn more about the artist and his works, click here.

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Contemporary Neoclassic Hong Kong Ink Art at DaGuan Gallery Taipei

DaGuan Gallery presents Contemporary Neoclassic Hong Kong Ink Art which features known artists like Kum Chi-Keung, Cheuk Ka-Wai, Zhang Xiaoli, Leung Ka-Yin, Hui Hoi-Kiu, Chan Kwan-Lok, Koon Bong, and Lau Ching-Wa.

The show runs from 19 August to 30 September.

Cheuk Ka-Wai‘s works follow the gongbi style of painting, a careful and realist way of Chinese painting that makes use of highly detailed brushstrokes. It is usually colorful and depicts figurative objects. Cheuk Ka-Wai uses traditional gongbi style in interpreting modern everyday realities, sometimes in a humorous way.

Koon Wai-Bong explores the relationship of man and nature through his ink paintings. He also approaches the possibility of ink art as a medium as well as an aesthetic choice. Through the bamboo tree, a septych, Koon Wai-Bong somehow tackles the importance of space in art.

Choi Tak-Yee’s landscape paintings are embedded with the traditional landscape paintings and they depict motifs found in Hong Kong’s old streets.

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Leung Ka-Yin‘s works are infused with elements of the gongbi style, doggerel and comic drawing. Her artworks reflect her personal feeling and her outlook on society. Her subject matter is usually girls and she chooses nature as the backdrop. She also writes a poem (doggerel) to supplement her work.

Hui Hoi-Kiu  is a contemporary ink painter who uses traditional Chinese motifs and everyday materials on tissue paper and rice paper. The artist transforms ordinary objects into meticulous brushwork on fine materials.

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Chan Kwan-Lok‘s painting compositions are reminiscent of traditional Chinese landscape paintings. His ink and color on paper are filled with fantastic elements infused with scenes of everyday life.

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Zhang Xiaoli‘s Lego Landscape series replaces the traditional elements of Chinese landscape paintings with Lego bricks. His landscapes are drawn inside things that can be carried anywhere such as a sardines can or a tin lunch box.

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Kum Chi-Keung has made birdcages for nearly a decade. He has experimented with its appearance and ways to express his own artistic language by recreating these birdcages. He employs the traditional Chinese practice of birdcage-making by changing its size, design, materials, and composition.

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Taiwanese artist Una Ursprung’s paintings of Swiss forests and forests derived from her imagination

Hsu Chang-Yu, or Una Ursprung as she is known professionally, showcases her new oil paintings of Swiss forests and forests derived from her imagination. Th artist sprayed acrylic paint across the canvas, creating a sharp contrast. At first glance, the thick lines seem off-putting, but as you look closely, these lines add to the mystery surrounding these forests. It’s almost as if these lines contain cryptic messages.

The pieces collected here are part of the exhibit titled Accomplishing a Forest which runs from 2 September to 1 October at Liang Gallery, Taipei.

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The late Russian artist Oleg Eremeev’s landscape and genre paintings

Oleg Eremeev (28 September 1922 – 16 March 2016) was a Soviet Russian painter and one of the representatives of the Leningrad School of Painting. He was renowned for his genre and portrait paintings. He died in 2016.

In this collection of landscapes and everyday life, he recorded his travels to Delhi, India, Russia, and Turkey.

The pieces collected here are from the private collection of Elsa Art Gallery, Taipei.  For more information, please contact the gallery.

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Taiwanese artist Poren Huang’s new series of dog sculptures

Born into a family of wood carvers in Taichung, Taiwan, renowned Taiwanese sculptor Poren Huang grew up with Taiwan dogs which served as guard dogs for their family’s factory. Up to now, he has twenty plus dogs in his studio, running about as he works on his bronze dog sculptures. Most of his sculptures are made of bronze and some, plastic. Some sculptures are adorned with gold foil. A dog lover, Huang humanized these dogs in his series of dog sculptures called The Dog’s Notes which explores themes of pride, wealth, loyalty, success, and love, and iDog series which takes on a more futuristic appearance with a wider snout and bullet-like face. By humanizing this loyal animal, he is also relating his own story.

The pieces collected below were recently on view at Powen Gallery, Taipei. For more info, please contact the gallery.

You can view more of the artist’s works on Facebook.

This sculpture Like Father Like Son, Huang shows two dogs in an embrace. The bigger one, the father, has stripes at the back. Huang’s father was born in the year of the tiger while Huang was born in the year of the dog. Huang had a tumultuous relationship with his father who discouraged him to become an artist, knowing that it’s a difficult path to take. Success came late and his father passed away, missing out his son’s success.

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The gold mark indicates the artist’s signature and that the sculpture is the 15th edition out of 30 editions.

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Taiwanese artist Hua Yeh’s paintings that deal with the relationship between time and space

Hua Yeh’s acrylic on canvas consists of interlocking lines and shapes which seem buoyant in space. These elements are brought together like puzzle pieces, creating a visual narrative that is embedded in the subconscious.

According to Yeh, “Each person has their own private, hidden space within their hearts, in there are a multitude of emotions that were never shown, hidden are the feelings of joy, shame, bitterness and guilt; because we are afraid that people see through us and discover them, so we avoid these emotions, gloss them over of hide them. However these embarrassing events are something we must face, are like a disease in life, and happen all the time within our mental space, they are not ugly, just a feeling in memory. Images from feelings in life and the memories have been put into my creation.” (via Showtime)

You can see more of the artist’s works through her Flickr, Instagram, and her  website.

This series called Mid Air is currently on view at Aura Gallery, Taipei from 25 August to 16 September.

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Japanese artist Makoto Oono’s photographs of ordinary objects and living organisms

Makoto Oono’s works transcend the limits of reality by combining everyday objects and living organisms in a surprising way, creating a provocative visual experience. Her works allude to the beauty of life and its inevitable end.

You can see more of the artist’s works on her website.

The series of photographs below is called Separate Hidden Rules which is shown at Aura Gallery in Taipei from 25 August to 16 September.

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