The Taipei Fine Arts Museum will open two new exhibitions this week. Thing in Itself (物自體) presents the photography and video installation of Chen Wen-chi ( 陳文祺), who invites visitors to “perceive the responsive interaction among the photographed, the photographer and themselves without offering any scientific or religious interpretation.” Meanwhile, An Opening (一個開始) presents installations by Huang Tung-shen (黃東昇). Huang uses disposable objects — newspapers, plastic bags and pens — to comment on our changing environment and art’s role in this transformation.
■ 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
■ Both exhibits begin on Saturday and end on Sept. 30
Eslite Gallery is currently holding a retrospective exhibition of paintings by Ku Fu-shen (顧福生), which the gallery breaks down into different periods based on the countries and cities he’s live in — Taiwan and France, New York and Chicago — but mainly focus on his recent series of work created since 2007 while a resident of Los Angeles. As the gallery’s press release says, Ku’s large-scale paintings show a tendency toward simplification, his human figures exhibiting a Zen-like quality while the works as a whole have a highly musical atmosphere.
■ 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 Sept 2
Something Left, or Not (那些 (不)被留下的) is a solo exhibiton of photos by Huang Chia-ning (黃嘉寧). Huang’s color photos depict everyday objects — baubles, fish in a bowl or flowers — at close range.
■ Lin & Lin Gallery (大未來林舍畫廊), 16 Dongfeng St, Taipei City, (台北市東豐街16號), tel: (02) 2700-6866. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm
■ Until Sept. 2