2021.06.26 - 2021.12.26 ｜ 1F-3F, Yu-Hsiu Museum of Art
【Online Talk】Re-create the Landscape of One’s Own
How does an artist utilize the properties of different materials to create his or her own landscape? What does landscape mean? To simply view landscape does not mean anything. What really matters is to be able to perceive landscape, which points to the image that eventually surfaces in the viewer’s mind.
In our eyes, landscape is mixed with various complicated elements most of the time, ranging from personal experiences and memories, advancing technologies, historical milieus, etc., which have gradually informed our vision and sensibility. How are the temporal and spatial dimensions of these images formed? Perhaps, the blurriness and uncertainty surfacing in this question is what we truly need to explore.
This talk held concurrently with the museum’s first exhibition this year, is joined by artists WANG Ya-Hui, LIN Guan-Ming, HSU Jui-Chien, along with artist LEE Kit and curator HSU Yuan-Ta, a slashie in real life who now teaches at the Tainan National University of the Arts. Together, they will share with the audience their ideas about artistic creation and life.
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Curator Yuan-Ta Hsu
Dr. Yuan-Ta Hsu is an Assistant Professor and art critic at Tainan University of Technology in Taiwan. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the Fine Arts Doctoral Program at Texas Tech University, with his dissertation, entitled Memories and Identities: Hsiang Chou in the Photographic Works of Lang Jing-Shan and Chen Shun-Chu. Dr. Hsu received M.A. in Art Criticism, Graduate Institute of Art History and Art Criticism in 2004 from Tainan National University of the Arts. He specializes in the Taiwanese art history, with an emphasis on contemporary Taiwanese sculpture and the history of photography. His research focuses on nostalgia, memories, identities and local folk culture in Taiwanese history. In addition, his recent work explores Tainan contemporary art history since the 1980s.
Dr. Hsu has curated several exhibitions, among which are Sio pang phuann (Labour Exchange) Opening Exhibition of the Taikang Culture Center (2019, Taikang Culture Center, Tainan); Sui Generis: Jing-Pai of Taiwan I, II, III (2018-2019, IT Park, Taipei); Seascape: Lee, Jiun-Shyan Solo Exhibition (2017, Absolute Space, Tainan); the 2017 Traveling Exhibition of Excellent Tainan Artists: “Tainan Ablaze: A Duo Exhibition by Hsu, Tzu-Kuey & Tsneg, Ying-Tung” (2017-2018, Tainan, Taipei, Taichung, Yilan and Kaohsiung); Fully Loaded Tainan - New York (2017, Pfizer Building, New York, US); Body Grid–Consciousness in Interstice of Chair Group Exhibition (2017, Tainan); Evoke: The Revealed Taiwanese Subjectivity (2016, Tainan); Sweet Memories–Soulangh International Contemporary Art Festival 2016 (2016, Tainan); Guerrilla Group–Bai Ma Tou (2003, Kaohsiung International Container Arts Festival, Kaohsiung). Most of these exhibitions examine Taiwanese culture, history, memories and identities.
Artist / Lee Kit
Lee Kit (1978, Hong Kong) lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan.
Selection of exhibitions; ‘No Soul For Sale’, Tate Modern, London, 2010; ‘The Wedding Banquet’, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, 2011; Sharjah Art Foundation, Beit al Serkal, UAE, 2012; ‘New Museum Triennial’ New Museum, New York, 2012; ‘You (you).ʼ, the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013; ‘Hold your breath, dance slowly’, The Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, USA, 2016; ‘A small sound in your head’, S.M.A.K, Ghent, 2016; ‘Not untitled’, ShugoArts, Tokyo, 2017; OCAT, Shenzhen, China, 2018; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2018; Art Sonje Center, Seoul, 2019.an
Artist / WANG Ya-Hui
Wang Ya-Hui (b. 1973) was born in Taipei. She now works and lives in Taipei, and holds an MA in Arts and Technology, Taipei National University of the Arts.
Her creative practice revolves around video, installation, photography and painting. Her use of image as her chosen medium has always centered on the border of viewer’s horizon and posed questions about the real/the virtual, the inner/outer space, the nature of image and viewing experience emerging from the intersecting point of reality and image. Thematically, her work focuses on the relationship between humans and the world in Eastern natural philosophy and related thinking while exploring the possibility of incorporating such thinking into contemporary life experiences. Therefore, her video and photography do not aim to produce or portray any certain landscape but to delineate the dynamic process of how landscape is constructed.
Wang has participated in various international artist-in-residence programs at several international art institutions, among which are Location One (New York, 2006), Cité des Arts (Paris, 2007), and the Helsinki International Artist Programme (Helsinki, 2010). Her works have been showcased and screened in multiple international exhibitions, including the Taipei Biennial (Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2002), the Shanghai Biennale (Shanghai Art Museum, 2006), the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Rotterdam, 2008), the Hors Pistes Film Festival (Centre Pompidou, 2008), etc. In 2010, she was commissioned to create a large-scale spatial installation that functioned as an artist cinema to screen other artists’ works in the Taipei Biennial. In recent years, she has presented solo exhibitions at Neuer Kunstverein Giessen (Giessen, Germany) and Eslite Gallery (Taipei, Taiwan). She has also collaborated with Taipei Fine Arts Museum’s Children’s Art Education Center and exhibited her works in its educational program, “Finding Time.” Wang has been honored by the Taipei Art Awards and the Yageo Tech-Art Award.
LIN Guan-Ming (b. 1981) was born in Taipei. He holds an MFA from the Graduate Institute of Art and Technology, Taipei National University of the Arts. Having focused on video and photographic creations for a long time, Lin considers image as a way to express the imagination and thinking of how “time” can be viewed, and attempts to retrieve possible residual “memories” of image in the contemporary era of excessive image production. Since Media Cramp, Co4 Taiwan Avant-garde Documenta II of 2004, Lin’s work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions in Taiwan and extensively exhibited in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Paris, Fukuoka and the US. In 2008, he presented his solo exhibition, Silence Attacks, at MoCA Taipei, and became a recipient of the Taipei Arts Award. His work is included in the collection of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. In 2020, his solo exhibition, return, was a finalist in the 18th Taishin Arts Award.
His major solo and group exhibitions in recent time include Yamabaru Art Festival 2020-2021 (Ogimi Municipal Shioya Elementary School, Okinawa, Japan, 2021); Finding Time (Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2020); Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition: ANIMA (Hong-gah Museum, Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab, Taipei, Taiwan, 2020); Contemporary. SenDaiwan = Sendai + Taiwan (Kaikon Art Studio, Sendai, Japan, 2019); Art Dialogues Among Taiwan, Korea and Thailand (VT Salon, Taipei, Taiwan, 2019); Is/In Land, Mongolian – Taiwanese Contemporary Art Exchange Project (Art Space 976+, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2018); Future Theater (Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, 2018); Tropical Cyclone (Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, 2017); Local to Local (ARTFORUM RHEE, Bucheon, Korea, 2017), etc.
Artist / HSU Jui-Chien
Hsu Jui-Chien (b. 1994) was born in Miaoli. He holds an MFA in Sculpture from National Taiwan University of Arts. At first glance, Hsu’s work appears well-executed and rational, characterized by joining lines, planes and masses that seem to follow a certain indisputable logic. However, what the artist seeks is in fact a sensibility emerging from physical actions and material components. He deconstructs the underlying principle of everyday objects, restoring them to an uncertain state to be re-perceived from a detached or unfamiliar perspective. Through interaction with objects, the interrelation between objects and actions, the friction, separation and reshaped time, his audience are presented a new possibility of re-reading material to awaken an unknown awareness beyond material mass and ongoing actions.
Hsu has presented various solo exhibitions in recent years, including Set a Blank (Kalos Gallery, Taipei, 2020); Gradient 13% (Nunu Fine Art, Taipei, 2020); A layer goes through a layer (IT Park, Taipei, 2020); Sway 3mm (Taipei Dangdai, Taipei, 2020); 97KG Magic Carpet (FreeS Art Space, Taipei, 2019); 17-131 km/h Friction (Soka Art, Tainan, 2019); and Resonance (Gaiart, Taipei, 2018). He has also been featured in numerous recent group exhibitions, among which are Blossom Trees in the Stone (Double Square Gallery, Taipei, 2020); Steel Cement Glass (Mwoo, Taipei, 2020); To Martian Anthropologists (New Taipei City Arts Center, New Taipei City, 2020); An Emptiness of Language (Jazz Image, Taipei, 2020); Rehearsal Reversal - Theater Zone in Life (Juming Museum, New Taipei City, 2020); Sui Generis: Jing-Pai of Taiwan PART II (IT Park, Taipei, 2019); Orogeny (Kalos Gallery, Taipei, 2018); and Artificial Scenes (Yo-Chang Art Museum, New Taipei City, 2018). He is the recipient of the 2017 SANCF Award (Plastic Arts), the 2019 Next Art Tainan (Merit Award), the 2019 Kaohsiung Award (Excellent Work Award – Spatial Art) and the 2019 Taipei Art Awards.
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