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'Art beyond art, time beyond time, space beyond space'

By Noah Buchan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Virtual media, animation and comics are all elements of animamix art.

PHOTOS: COURTESY OF METAPHYSICAL ART GALLERY

Animamix art is taking the art world by storm - at least for the younger generation. Animamix, a portmanteau of "animation" and "comics," is as much a reflection of contemporary obsessions with virtual reality as it is an art movement.

As such, animamix artists are active in all areas of the creative industries - not just animation and comics - and cover a broad range of mediums including painting, sculpture, video, murals and installations - all of which can be seen at Taipei's Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall beginning tomorrow. The exhibition is called New Epoch of Animamix Aesthetics and features 40 artists from Asia and America.

An obsession with and worship of youth, vivid visuals and bright colors are the hallmarks of animamix and other visual media that have gained popularity over the past 20 years.

This seems natural as a whole generation has grown up on a bevy of comics, computer games and television programs which is becoming an innate part of cultures worldwide. As the Internet proliferates, multicultural voices are included in dialogue and artistic creation.

"Animamix Art is not about animation or comics themselves," said curator and Shih Chien University professor Victoria Lu (陸蓉之) in a recent interview. "It is an all-inclusive concept of the aesthetic choice of the new century."

It's an aesthetic, Lu says, that celebrates different dimensions of time and space.

"It is a kind of art beyond art, time beyond time, space beyond space and life beyond life," she said.

Exhibition notes

What: 3L4D (Third life, fourth dimension)

Where: Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei

When: Tomorrow until Nov 8

Details: Call (02) 2752-9974


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