The Melody of Wonderland (仙境美樂地) is a retrospective exhibition of paintings by Jun T. Lai (賴純純) dating back to 1983. The works on display focus mainly on Lai’s abstract and abstract expressionist works.
■ Kalos Gallery (真善美畫廊), 269, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路一段269號), tel: (02) 2836-3452. Open daily from 10am to 6:30pm, closed Sundays
■ Until Dec. 22
Finger on the Void (指虛錄) brings together new paintings by Lin Ju (林鉅). The 19 works on display — representational but fantastical terrains devoid of humans, though here punctuated with Buddhist statuary and there strangely twisted foliage or a pebbles — serve as dialectical puzzles or mysteries to contemplate, and reference Buddhist and Taoist philosophical principles revolving around negation and death. Though somewhat metaphysical, Lin’s canvases, especially his landscapes, speak to the subconscious.
■ Tina Keng Gallery (耿畫廊), 15, Ln 548, Ruiguang Rd, Taipei City (台北市瑞光路548巷15號), tel: (02) 2659-0798. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 7pm
■ Until Dec. 16
Chinese artist Li Rui (李瑞) recalls the pastoral landscapes of his youth in a new series of paintings, Seamless (山水無痕). Li portrays the pure, quiet beauty of Yunnan through delicate brushstrokes. Li’s artworks are closely bound up with the natural scenery of China’s Yunnan province, and express emotions such as freedom, romance and fantasy — states that are often absent from the realities of life on the ground. There will be over ten large-scale pieces depicting smoke and flowing mist, flowers and grass undulating in the wind and the alternation of day and night.
■ Chung Shan Creative Hub (中山創意基地), 21, Minsheng E Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市中山區民生東路一段21號), tel: (02) 2751-8088. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:30am to 6pm
■ Until Dec. 16
C. J. Yeh’s (葉謹睿) solo show in MOCA, Taipei’s studio space, Pre-Purpose, Re-Purpose, De-Purpose (藝術與非藝術的醞釀、轉化與自我否決), is modeled after an autobiographical painting by French artist Gustave Courbet, who sought to join the personal with the aesthetic through a combination of symbolist and realist painting. Yeh’s Internet and social media-based installations do the same, offering an intimate portrait of an artist trying to make sense of the world around him and his place in it.
■ 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 Pre-Purpose, Re-Purpose, De-Purpose is free. General admission: NT$50
■ Until Dec. 2
AI Plus (人工智能．改) is an exhibit of new media that ponders the impact of artificial intelligence on society through the work of six artists: Chen Chu-yin (陳珠櫻) and Jean-Claude Hoyami, Scottie Chih-chieh Huang (黃致傑), Golan Levin, Lin Fang-yu (林方宇) and Marc Lafia, Lin Shih-chang (林世昌), Kyle McDonald and Casey Reas. The exhibition features interactive AI and mechanical devices, computer-simulated environments and visual modeling regenerated by artificial intelligence.
■ National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung (國立台灣美術館), 2, Wucyuan W Rd Sec 1, Greater Taichung (台中市五權西路一段2號), tel: (04) 2372-3552. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm
■ Until Feb. 17