Sun, Oct 21, 2012 - Page 12 News List

Art phantasmagoria

By Catherine Shu  /  Staff reporter

When I first encountered Ghost Skin: Taiwan, I smelled a slight, sweet fragrance, so light that I wondered if it was my imagination. The installation looks like a pure-white relief map, with streets and rivers made visible only by the bare light bulbs that ring it. I did not know how delicate it was until the museum docent told me that the map was made entirely from baby powder that had been shifted through stencils based on vintage maps of Taiwan. A puff of air or even an ill-timed sneeze could destroy a significant part of Orraniwesna’s work, which examines the ephemeral, ever-shifting nature of places and their culture.

Though relatively small compared to other biennale shows, Artists in Wonderland excels by showcasing works that allow viewers to engage in a complete exploration of their senses, while at the same time examining at themes particular to contemporary Asian artists.

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