World-making presents six film installations and 19 photos from 2001 to 2011 by German new media artist Julian Rosefeldt, who employs filmmaking elements such as the use of actors, costumes and backdrops to illustrate the paradoxical and irrational aspects of modern life. “Projected onto several screens to create a panorama-like effect, his films carry the viewer off into a surreal, theatrical world whose inhabitants are caught in the structures and rituals of everyday life,” writes TFAM in its introduction to the artist. Some of the works here include the nine-channel Asylum, which is a meditation on prejudice, and American Night, a lavish five-channel film installation that first examines and then subverts the genre of the Hollywood western.
■ Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM, 台北市立美術館), 181, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市中山北路三段181號), tel: (02) 2595-7656. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30am to 5:30pm and until 8:30pm on Saturdays. Admission: NT$30
■ Begins Saturday. Until June 3
Pu Hua-chih’s (卜華志) oil-on-canvas works meditate on the human condition (our frustrations and anxieties) in a new series of paintings that clearly owe a debt of gratitude to the expressionism of Edward Munch.
■ 99 Degrees Art Center (99°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 6:30pm
■ Opening reception on Saturday at 3pm. Until May 6
│O│V│E│R│ brings together Chiang Chung-lun’s (江忠倫) recent videos and photography. Chiang seeks to discover the strange and the bizarre in the mundane by depicting everyday objects and activities from a surreal perspective that erases their original signification, thus imbuing them with new meaning.
■ Fotoaura Institute of Photography (海馬迴光畫館), 2F, 83 Chenggong Rd, Greater Tainan (台南市成功路83號2樓), tel: (06) 200-8856. Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 1pm to 8pm
■ Until May 13
Known for his early abstract works on canvas and later landscapes built up using cross-hatching, Jeng Jun-dian (鄭君殿) returns to Eslite Gallery after a four-year hiatus with Day In, Day Out (日常生活), a series of textured portraits and paintings of daily objects, as well as a number of sketches. With vibrant coloring and elegant composition, these paintings recall the lines of traditional Chinese ink painting and neoimpressionist pointillism.
■ Eslite Gallery (誠品畫廊), 5F, 11 Songgao Rd, Taipei City (台北市松高路11號5樓), tel: (02) 8789-3388 X1588. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm
■ Until May 6
Wang, Liu and Her Woman (王哥柳哥和她的女人) presents recent paintings by Lu Hao-yuan (呂浩元) and Tsai Yi-ting (蔡依庭). The Central Saint Martins-educated Tsai explores the idea of what it means to be a woman through psychologically rich portraits of herself and strangers. Animals, plants and objects encountered in daily life are the primary subjects of Lu’s vibrant representational paintings, which use strong coloring and contours to “put one’s body and mind at peace,” according to Agora’s press release.
■ 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 May 12