German Contemporary Art: Facing Reality 2012, Eye On Andrea Damp, Michael Bach and Wolfgang Ellenrieder is a group show of figurative painting by three German artists. Damp’s work features children wandering through bucolic, and somewhat psychedelic, landscapes rendered in vivid colors. Bach’s realistic city panoramas offer a lyrical tenderness to urban settings, while Ellenrieder uses everyday objects to explore the construction and representation of image.
■ 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
■ Begins Saturday. Opening reception on May 5 at 3pm. Until May 20
According to Project Fulfill Art Space, LuxuryLogico (豪華朗機工) is a “super hybrid artist group” that comprises Llunc Lin (林昆穎), Chen Chih-chien (陳志建), Chang Keng-hau (張耿豪) and Chang Geng-hwa (張耿華). In Fruition — Fulfill Arts (福 — Fulfill Arts), the new media artists pay tribute to nine of their Taiwanese contemporaries by creating new works that were inspired by, include or document their artistic heroes, such as sculptor Tu Wei-cheng (涂維政) and digital photographer Hung Tung-lu (洪東祿). The nine works on display include video and sound installation, puzzles, etchings and paintings. On May 5 at 5pm, the collective will begin a 24-hour “one-day performance,” a salute to performance artist Hsieh Teh-ching (謝德慶).
■ 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
■ Opening reception on Saturday at 4pm. Until June 1
The portraits of Japanese-born, US-based artist Yuhi Hasegawa possess an almost tribal quality: Think the neo-expressionist graffiti of Jean-Michel Basquiat informed by a more refined quality that owes a debt to African masks. In Night Carnival, Hasegawa continues his exploration of primitive human emotions using solid coloring with several undercoats, which lend his works an appealing luminescence. Working from neither photographs nor sketches, his output is a spontaneous expression of the human form.
■ 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
■ Opening reception on Saturday at 7pm. Until May 26
The complementary and inseparable relationship of a glaze’s color and the object on which it’s placed underlies Glaze-coating (釉彩衣), a solo show of ceramics by Shih Chi-yao (施繼堯). Shih’s abstract sculptures possess a delicate linearity of shape and pattern that produces dramatic tension.
■ Yingge Ceramics Museum (鶯歌陶瓷博物館), 200 Wenhua Rd, Yingge Dist, New Taipei City (新北市鶯歌區文化路200號), tel: (02) 8677-2727. Open daily from 9:30am to 5pm. Closes at 6pm on Saturdays and Sunday
■ Begins Saturday. Until June 17
One has to wonder what Holland-based German artist Isabelle Wenzel thinks about the modern businesswoman. In Posing, a solo show of six large-scale staged photographs, one shot depicts a woman standing on her hands in what appears to be an office strewn full of documents, her dress pulled over her head and torso with only her sheer nylons and ass exposed. Wenzel has stated in interviews that she explores gender roles in the business place, the dress code and settings both alienating and dehumanizing. Think Christina Hendricks in the television series Mad Men.