Many of the landscape paintings by Hsieh Tai-cheng (謝岱成) on display in his solo show Insight to the Boundless (照見無垠) consist of puffy clouds floating over an ochre landscape with a peacock blue sky. According to the press blurb, Hsieh doesn’t consciously seek a recognized painting style or achieve completeness in his works. Rather, “he explores the possibilities of various visual languages and presentation in the gradual coloring process.”
■ Art Door Gallery (藝境畫廊), 5F, 36, Ln 164, Hulin St, Taipei City (台北市虎林街164巷36號5樓), tel: (02) 2345-6773. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 2pm to 7pm
■ Until Feb. 5
In Tomb of Human Cloning (複製人墓), Lin Jun-liang (林俊良) ponders the relationship between humans and machines and how the latter enables the former to probe the nature of time. The exhibit includes video and photography.
■ Project Fulfill Art Space (就在藝術空間), 2, Alley 45, Ln 147, Xinyi Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市信義路三段147巷45弄2號), tel: (02) 2707-6942. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 1pm to 6pm
■ Until Feb. 19
Roaming Scenery (行走的風景) is a group exhibit of painting and sculpture by nine artists covering three generations. The exhibit offers several aesthetic approaches — hyperrealist, surrealist and impressionist — to the depiction of landscapes.
■ 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 Feb. 26
Animals, insects and plants are among the creatures Lin Ming-shiou (林明修) creates using discarded auto parts in Living Creatures (再生物), a solo exhibit of his sculptures. Although the press blurb reads like an ad for new age philosophy (“using the simple way to explain the difficult things in life”), Lin’s work addresses the transformative processes that exist in nature.
■ Anderson Art (安德昇藝術), 151 Zhouzi St, Taipei City (台北市洲子街151號), tel: (02) 8751-6565. Open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 6pm
■ Until Feb. 12
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, currently has two exhibits in its Studio space, as well as a sound performance tonight. Thingamabobs (內個), by UK-based Taiwanese artist Haniboi Lee (李翰), brings together several objects with an industrial design ethos. Colorful knick-knacks and functional bric-a-brac make Lee’s tiny sculptures appealing in a somewhat kitschy way. In the same space, Mexican artist Ricardo Sanchez Madrid reflects on the marginalization of homeless people with The Victory Over the Dead Room. In three parts, video, installation and sculpture, Victory uses recycled and waste materials — what the artist calls “social organic trash” — to examine the dark side of rampant consumerism. Finally, 12 sound artists from Taiwan and Japan will give a three-hour performance tonight beginning at 7pm called Noise x Beat (音波相乘). Admission to tonight’s performance is NT$400. Tickets can be purchased from Agora Art, tel: (02) 8712-0178, and MOCA, Taipei.
■ MOCA Studio, 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 for Thingamabobs and The Victory Over the Dead Room is free. General admission: NT$50
■ Until Jan. 15
Call for submissions
From now until June 15, the organizers of the Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival are inviting applications from Taiwanese and foreign nationals for original feature-length, medium and short documentaries of any style and form, completed after July 1, 2010. Prizes, including US$10,000 in cash, are up for grabs in several categories. Winning films will be screened at the festival, which runs from Oct. 19 to Oct. 28. For complete details (Chinese and English), go to: www.tidf.org.tw