Space and its relationship to human existence forms the theme of Urban Landscape, a new series of paper sculptures by Japanese artist Katsumi Hayakawa. Hayakawa’s 15 sculptures, built up with small rectangular and square cubes of paper, convey feelings of both expansion and constriction, and of living in densely populated urban centers full of skyscrapers and cubicle-like living quarters. As part of the exhibit, the gallery will invite 100 people to construct their own “dream home” with “paper bricks” — the basic element in Hayakawa’s artworks. Details can be found at: www.nougallery.com.
■ Nou Gallery (新畫廊), 232, Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市仁愛路四段232號), tel: (02) 2700-0239. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm
■ Opening reception on Saturday at 3:30pm. Until June 19
HELLO GOODBYE is a group exhibit that presents the work of resident artists and artist groups from Treasure Hill Artist Village. The exhibit’s title follows Monster Chang’s (張淑滿) examination of the greeting (hello) and farewell (goodbye) through imagery. Nick Gang’s (甘燿嘉) video Making Pictures of the Dead (遺照製作) pieces together photos as a means of examining the past while looking toward the future. Open Lab, a two-member art group consisting of Jin Chi-ping (金啟平) and Wu Guan-ying (吳冠穎), has produced a digital, interactive device called Denki Monster (電子妖怪祭) that reacts to electronic frequencies.
■ Attic Gallery (閣樓展覽室) and Cross Gallery (十字藝廊), Treasure Hill Artist Village (寶藏巖國際藝術村), 9, 11 and 13, Alley 59, Ln 230, Dingzhou Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市汀州路三段230巷59弄9, 11, 13號), tel: (02) 2364-5313 X121. Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 3pm to 6pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 6pm
■ Opening reception on Sunday at 2pm. Until June 26
Frame-Painting-Image (框-畫-影像) is a new series of abstract paintings by Taiwan-born, France-based artist Kevin Yu (游克文). Yu’s canvases consist of geometric squares and rectangles interspersed with thick flowing lines. Some feature a tiny video screen embedded in the center, enabling the viewer to ponder the contrast between a painted surface and video, mobility and immobility, the fleeting and the permanent on a two-dimensional surface.
■ Main Trend Gallery (大趨勢畫廊), 209-1, Chengde Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市承德路三段209-1號), tel: (02) 2587-3412. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 7pm
■ Until June 16
For many in Taiwan, jade symbolizes the highest ethical values of humankind and is imbued with philosophical meaning and spiritual value. Jade and the Age of Prosperity (玉映豐年) presents 250 jade artifacts bearing religious, political, ceremonial and funerary functions from the collection of jade connoisseur Cheng Jiuan-min (鄭俊民).
■ National Museum of History (國立歷史博物館), 49 Nanhai Rd, Taipei City (台北市南海路49號), tel: (02) 2361-0270. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. General admission: NT$30
■ Until June 12
The Evolutionary Reiterator (複衍者) brings together the photographic installations of three emerging artists: Chen Yu-erh (陳佑而), Chen Che-wei (陳哲偉) and Liu Chih-hung (劉致宏). The artists examine the nature of boundaries and space within the context of visual memory.
■ Agora Art Space (藝譔堂), 104, Ln 155, Dunhua N Rd, Taipei City (台北市敦化北路155巷104號), tel: (02) 8712-0178. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11am to 7pm
■ Until June 26
One Piece Room is a new series of geometrically abstract, acrylic on canvas paintings by Li Cheng-hsun (李政勳). Li applies thick layers of paint to create a complex, three-dimensional effect, with each layer serving as a metaphor for Li’s emotional state.