With Art Taipei just around the corner, galleries throughout the capital are busy assembling the work of nascent artists. Fresh! Young Artists Group Show (新秀展，鮮！) presents the work of seven young artists working in mixed media, oil and gouache.
■ Aurum Glory Art Space (元華藝術空間), 4, Alley 2, Ln 39, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路二段39巷2弄4號). Open daily from 9am to 7pm. Tel: (02) 2358-2080
■ Until July 21. Opening this Saturday at 3pm
Eddie Huang (黃鋐彬) combines the aesthetic language of oil painting, the medium in which he was trained, with computer graphics in a solo show of his computer-generated works, Traveling the Paths of Life (人生行路). Huang’s images, rendered in pastel hues, reflect on the rivers and mountains of his rural upbringing and the places he’s visited as a self-proclaimed artistic vagabond.
■ 99 Degrees Art Center (99藝術中心), 5F, 259, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路一段259號5F). Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 6pm. Tel: (02) 2700-3099
■ Until July 25
For those of you who didn’t make it to the comprehensive exhibit on Taiwanese photographer Chang Tsai (張才) at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum earlier this year, don’t miss out on Another Vision (另一個角度), a retrospective look at his images. Snapped between the 1940s and 1980s, Chang’s silver-grain photos capture everything from Taiwan’s traditional folk festivals to portraits of the country’s Aboriginal tribes.
■ Preparatory Office of the Taiwan Photo Museum (台灣攝影博物館預備館), 17, Ln 91, Zhonghua Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市中華路一段91巷17號). Open daily from 11am to 6pm. Tel: (02) 2388-9693
■ Until Aug. 15
Painting and Calligraphy in Album Leaves: Solitariness in Mountain (冊頁書畫：獨坐孤山)presents a new series of figurative brush ink paintings by highly respected ink painter Yu Peng (于彭).
■ Chi-Wen Gallery (其玟畫廊) 3F, 19, Ln 252, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路一段252巷19號3F). Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11am to 7pm. Tel: (02) 8771-3372
■ Until Aug. 8
This is the final week to apply for fellowships for Taipei Artist Village’s 2011 artist-in-residence program at any one of its three locations: Taipei Artist Village, Grass Mountain Village and Treasure Hill Artist Village. The residency programs and schedules for each location are different. Taipei Artist Village is also accepting applications for exhibit proposals for 2011. Complete details and submission guidelines can be downloaded from the Taipei Artist Village Web site under the “Residency” section, at www.artistvillage.org (Chinese and English). E-mailed applications will not be accepted.
■ Submission deadline for both projects is Sunday
■ For inquiries about the artist-in-residence program, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For inquiries about the exhibition, e-mail email@example.com
London-based moving image and digital arts organization, onedotzero, seeks submissions of short film, installation, interactive work and live audiovisual performance to showcase at its Adventures in Motion Festival, held at BFI Southbank (formerly known as the National Film Theatre), in London, beginning Nov. 10. The five-day festival is the first stop on onedotzero’s extensive worldwide network of events and is a great opportunity to get your work seen by a like-minded, connected and creative international community.
■ Submission deadline is July 16
■ Complete details and a submission form can be found at www.onedotzero.com
Taipei Travel (台北遊) is a group exhibit by artists working in oil and ink painting, photography and sculpture that celebrates the arrival of summer. But that’s where the theme of summer ends. The exhibit displays the work of established local artists such as Wu Tian-chang’s (吳天章) photographic compositions drawn from theater and Yuan Jai’s (袁旃) distortionist ink paintings, as well as up-and-coming artists such as Chang En-tzu (張恩慈), who combines embroidery with oil paint in works that ponder fairy tales.
■ Mot Arts, 3F, 22 Fuxing S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市復興南路一段22號3樓). Open daily from 11am to 9pm. Tel: (02) 2751-8088
■ Until Aug. 29
Scott Saulters wasn’t sure if his film had just taken one of the two top prizes at a recent film competition. Although Saulters has been in Taiwan for 15 years and is proficient in Mandarin, the award ceremony for the inaugural “Bi Tian Iann” (眯電影) short film contest was conducted entirely in Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese), a language he can’t speak. “I thought I heard it, but I didn’t want to look too excited,” he says. Despite his limited command of the tongue, Saulter’s entry, Wu Yu Tzu (烏魚子, mullet roe), took first place in the amateur category of the
The Taiwan of yesteryear was dominated in whole or in part by the Dutch, Spanish, Qing Empire and Japanese. But is the Taiwanese name for a popular edible fish derived from the Portuguese language? Cheng Wei-chung (鄭維中), an associate research fellow at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History, says yes. The fish in question is the narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, which was listed in early 18th century Qing local gazetteers as Taiwanese specialities alongside milk fish and mullet, according to Cheng’s paper, “Mullet, narrow-barred Spanish mackerel and milkfish: Multiple contextual developments of three certified seafood specilaities in Taiwan, from the
I didn’t expect to spend more than three minutes out of my car, yet the sun was so brutal I put on my hat before approaching the seawall. Beimen (北門) is the flattest and most sun-baked part of Tainan. It lacks trees and people. In wintertime, the weather is often delightful. It wasn’t yet mid-morning in the hot season, however, and I felt like a leaf shriveling in the desert. Atop the seawall but facing inland, I could see dozens of the rectangular ponds which account for a significant percentage of Beimen’s “land” area. Some, no doubt, were dug to produce
Aug. 10 to Aug. 16 They called him the “No Problem Doctor” (沒關係醫生) because that’s what he always told his patients when they couldn’t pay up. Operating the only clinic in Changhua County’s Pusin Township (埔心) during the 1950s, Hsu Tsai-chih (許再枝) knew that life was difficult in his remote hometown. “They barely had enough to survive, so it was pointless to chase after them for the money,” an 81-year-old Hsu told the United Daily News in 2002. “I just went with the flow, some offered to pay me back years later but I had already forgotten