Hsu Che-yu’s (許哲瑜) exhibit The Perfect Suspects (無姓之人) plays on the animated news of the Apple Daily and Next Media Animation. For Hsu, the “medium is no longer invisible, but an opaque intermediary faithfully transmitting the message,” where “an event becomes a product self-directed and self-acted by someone, a nameless character — the perfect suspects.” At the same time, his video and photography raise questions about the boundary between truth and fiction.
■ Digital Arts Center (台北數位藝術中心), 180 Fuhua Rd, Taipei City (台北市福華路180號), tel: (02) 7736-0708. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm
■ Opening reception and guided tour by artist on Saturday at 2pm. Until Oct. 23
Yuan Goang-ming (袁廣鳴) examines what he sees as the temporal and positional registers of memory in Before Memory (在記憶之前), a solo exhibit at Tina Keng Gallery’s Neihu space. Working in video installation and photography, Yuan nostalgically recalls his childhood home, which serves as a starting point to expand on his ideas of place and remembrance. Yuan invites viewers along for the journey — one that enables us to explore our own pasts.
■ Tina Keng Gallery (耿畫廊), 15, Ln 548, Ruiguang Rd, Taipei City (台北市瑞光路548巷15號), tel: (02) 2659-0798. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 7pm
■ Opening reception on Saturday at 6pm. Until Nov. 6
Return to Innocence (歸真) is a solo exhibit of oil paintings by Chen Hsien-tung (陳顯棟). Chen’s work celebrates the beauty of nature with fine, elegantly textured paintings rendered with perfectly proportioned blocks of color reminiscent of abstract expressionism. The lines, shapes and colors woven into the painting are natural forms that suggest Chen’s “uninhibited innocence.”
■ 99° Art Center (99度藝術中心), 5F, 259, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路一段259號5樓), tel: (02) 2700-3099. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 6pm
■ Until Oct. 2
FIT: Fashionista in Taiwan (臺灣當潮時尚設計展) explores the broad range of Taiwan’s contemporary design styles and thinking under one roof, showcasing the country’s talent. The exhibit features work by veteran designers such as Jasper Huang (黃嘉祥) and Isabelle Wen (溫慶珠), as well as those like Chen Shao-yan (陳劭彥) and Liao Ying-yi (廖瑩怡), who now enjoy significant international attention.
■ Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MOCA, Taipei), 39 Changan W Rd, Taipei City (台北市長安西路39號), tel: (02) 2552-3720. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Admission: NT$50
■ Until Nov. 13
A Fable of Japanese Contemporary — Ten Sols brings together some of the hottest artists working in Japan, including Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami and Yoshitaka Amano. The media range from oil and acrylic painting to video installation and sculpture.
■ Metaphysical Art Gallery (形而上畫廊), 7F, 219, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路一段219號7樓), tel: (02) 2711-0055. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 6:30pm
■ Until Oct. 23
On the Edge Between History and Design — Exhibition of Taiwan’s 100 Years of Design (歷史與設計的交鋒 — 2011臺灣百年設計大展) is a poster exhibit timed to coincide with next month’s International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress. The exhibit is divided into three sections: Taiwan Poster Archives surveys the history of Taiwanese posters; Exhibition of Well Known Poster Designers presents a selection of posters related to culture, art and museums by international artists; and Design at the Edges contains 36 works from the forthcoming IDA. Combined, the exhibit aims “to provide a comprehensive view of the poster, past and present,” and to reveal the design link between Taiwan and the world.