Faith brings together two artists who each examine religion. Chen Hui-chiao’s (陳慧嶠) geometrically abstract mixed-media (table tennis balls, cotton, steel and acrylic paint) installations show her fascination with dreams and astrology, and optimistically suggest a logical force directing the universe. The sculptures of Indonesian artist Titarubi question social values that dictate gender roles, particularly the clothing that Muslim women are expected to wear. Her glamorous dresses serve as “dissension against a male-oriented society where women are taught to be more mindful of their appearances than their minds.”
■ Sakshi Gallery (夏可喜當代藝術), 33 Yitong St, Taipei City (台北市伊通街33號). Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 1:30pm to 9:30pm, Sundays from 1:30pm to 7:30pm. Tel: (02) 2516-5386
■ Opening reception on Saturday at 7pm. Until Jan. 9
Though its title, On the Road (迢迢路), may evoke road trips through North America, Chen Shun-chu’s (陳順築) series of photographs follows the ideas contained in Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment,” though here Chen’s subject matter is the forms and textures of Penghu (澎湖) absent of the human subject that so preoccupied Cartier-Bresson.
■ IT Park Gallery (伊通公園), 41 Yitong St, Taipei City (台北市伊通街41號). Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 1pm to 10pm. Tel: (02) 2507-7243
■ Opening reception on Saturday at 7pm. Until Jan. 1
A Sterile Room (無菌室) presents the latest oil paintings by Huang Yi-sheng (黃頤勝). Huang’s representational paintings of sparrows and sheep in pastoral settings imagine a bygone age of simplicity. Huang says his art forms an alternate reality founded on the world we are familiar with.
■ A Gallery (一畫廊), 22, Alley 36, Ln 147, Xinyi Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市信義路三段147巷36弄22號). Open Mondays to Saturdays from 1pm to 9pm. Tel: (02) 2702-3327
■ Opening reception on Friday at 5pm. Until Jan. 8
Masters of Modern & Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting (中國近現代水墨畫名家特展) brings together a number of well-known living and deceased Chinese and Taiwanese artists to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China’s founding, which serves as the exhibit’s time frame. The exhibition juxtaposes the various styles of these ink painters to delineate the development of the form, from the traditional to the modern to the contemporary. The work of early China-trained practitioners, including Lin Feng-mian (林風眠) and Chang Dai-chien (張大千) — who would later fall under the rubric of abstract expressionism — are shown alongside the work of later Taiwan-born, Japan-trained practitioners such as Lin Yu-shan (林玉山).
■ National Museum of History (國立歷史博物館), 49 Nanhai Rd, Taipei City (台北市南海路49號). Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Tel: (02) 2361-0270. Admission: NT$30
■ Until Jan. 2
A Contemplative Journey (苦行觀化－劉文隆山水畫展) showcases the ink paintings of Liu Wen-long (劉文隆) from 1999 to 2008. Liu’s vivid portrayal of towering mountains and rugged rocks follow the traditional approach to literati painting. However, his works are distinguishable by their unique composition and perspective, depicting close-range details of the landscape in some places and providing panoramic views in others.
■ Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館), 80 Meishuguan Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市美術館路80號). Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm. Tel: (07) 555 0331. Admission: Free