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 Jo-Mei
Lee Jo-Mei (b. 1985) was born in Taipei. She holds an MFA from the Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan University of the Arts, and is currently based in Taipei. In 2015, she conducted a three-month artist residency in Sydney, Australia. The experience marked the beginning of her subsequent exploration and study of nature. Her early work created during this period, entitled Some Studies on Blue, featured eucalyptus as her subject of study, from which she started developing her creative method that combined a microcosmic nature with the creative approaches of text, delineation and reshaping.
Artist / YANG Chi-Chuan
Yang Chi-Chuan (b. 1985) was born in Taipei. Yang graduated from l'École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, and is now based in Taipei. She explores relations among people, places, objects and events through treating memory as a source of knowledge and a medium, embodying it in material or non-material form to convey her sensitivity and narrative expression. She often employs the approach of storytelling to create a warm duration in her sculpture or installation to subtly engage in a wide range of questions regarding life, family, politics, urban environment and cultural texture.
Artist / CHIU Chen-Hung
Chiu Chen-Hung (b. 1983) was born in Hualien and graduated from the Graduate School of Plastic Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts. He currently lives and works in Hualien. Chiu’s art practice revolves around installation and sculpture. As if conducting archaeological explorations, he specializes in unearthing existences and traces once existed in the past. Through abstract approaches, he re-interprets rationalized and designed rules of logic to reshape them in a vivid manner and develop an extensive memory-mending methodology.