Berlin-based artist Wang Ding-yeh (王鼎曄) engages in contemporary debates about human nature with his solo exhibit Lightness of Soul (靈魂之輕). Taking the pseudoscientific notion that our bodies lose 21g upon death as his starting point, Wang’s work explores the nature of the soul and the “connection between art, death, corpses and the supernatural,” according to the gallery’s press release.
■ Aki Gallery (也趣藝廊), 141 Minzu W Rd, Taipei City (台北市民族西路141號), tel: (02) 2599-1171. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from noon to 6:30pm
■ Opening reception on Saturday at 6pm. Until Feb. 5
Art Tainan (府城藝術博覽會), an art fair, brings together the work of 24 Taiwanese painters at Tainan’s Tayih Landis Hotel (大億麗緻酒店). Hosted by Jia Art Gallery (家畫廊), the fair covers several generations of artists. The works on display range from the impressionistic cityscapes of Yen Shui-long (顏水龍), nudes by Pan Yu-liang (潘玉良) to ink paintings by Au Ho-nien (歐豪年) that combine Oriental themes with Western techniques.
■ Tayih Landis Hotel (大億麗緻酒店), Room 909, 9F, 660, Simen Rd Sec 1, Greater Tainan (台南市西門路一段660號), tel: (02) 2595-2449. Friday and Saturday from noon to 7pm and Sunday from noon to 6pm. Admission: Free
■ Opening reception tomorrow night at 7pm. Until Sunday
Tracing Nostalgia (風景故鄉好) is a series of landscape paintings by Lin Chuan-chu (林銓居). Known for his land art installations and his Family Story Series (家族故事), Lin’s new work translates bucolic mountain scenes into complex universal metaphors about our relationship to the land.
■ Chung Shan Creative Hub (中山創意基地), 21, Minsheng E Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市中山區民生東路一段21號), tel: (02) 2751-8088. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:30am to 6pm
■ Until Jan. 29
Bo-Bee, Bo-Bee: A Straightaway Depiction (保庇‧保庇—當下描述) is a group exhibit of painting and sculpture by seven Taiwanese artists, including Tsai Ken (蔡根), Wu Tien-chang (吳天章) and J.C. Kuo (郭振昌). Inspired by Taiwan’s religious diversity, the artists reveal different aspects of religious practice in Taiwan, including
folk religion, Taoism, Buddhism and Christianity.
■ 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 Jan. 14
Wang Chih-wen (王志文) celebrates the freedom of childhood with a number of playful sculptures in The Little Prince (小王子). Made from a combination of unprocessed wood and laminated timber, Wang’s highly detailed and realistic sculptures of children engaged in all manner of play depict a “child-like imaginary world that is unrestrained and boundless,” according to the artist.
■ VT Art Salon (非常廟藝文空間), B1, 47 Yitong St, Taipei City (台北市伊通街47號B1), tel: (02) 2516-1060. Open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 1:30pm to 9pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 1:30pm to 10pm
■ Until Feb. 4
Sculptures resembling plant life merge with contemporary furniture design in Marvin Minto Fang’s (范姜明道) Recombinant of Objects (重置的物件序列). Fang’s abstract sculptures are made from camphor wood, which he then places on top of wooden plinths or embeds into household furniture such as tables.
■ Gallery 100 (百藝畫廊), 6, Ln 30, Changan E Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市長安東路一段30巷6號), tel: (02) 2536-2120. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm
■ Until Jan. 15