Telofossils is a solo exhibition by French artist Gregory Chatonsky in collaboration with Canadian sculptor Dominique Sirois, independent Canadian curator Sylvie Parent and Taiwanese curator Cheng Shu-ling (鄭淑鈴). Chatonsky has constructed a large-scale onsite installation that integrates material objects, spatial installations and multimedia projections. Sound artist Christophe Charles was commissioned to create a soundscape to fill the spaces of the museum to further strengthen the objective of creating a truly multi-sensory experience. The themes, content and atmosphere of the exhibition are intentionally designed to allow viewers to pass through space and time to a distant future where humanity has already disappeared. Spectators take on the role of future archaeologists, and, through examination of and contact with remnants of the “past,” are able to puzzle over the cultural life and environment of what we currently term “contemporary.”
■ 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. General admission: NT$50
■ Until April 14
If you check out the Chatonsky exhibition, you might also be interested in Wang Te-yu’s (王德瑜) continued explorations of space and how she challenges our notions of art with a new series of large-scale installations at Kalos Gallery. Wang’s installations made from various fabrics and materials envelop the gallery, forcing us to enter into an altered state, the disequlibrium forcing us to question our sense of balance and space. We don’t so much as look at her works, as we do enter a world created by them.
■ 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
■ Opening reception tomorrow at 3pm. Until April 20
Dialogue of Wood: Warmness and Life (木：溫度與生命對話 ) is a group exhibition of sculpture in different styles by Chang Ching (張敬), Hiroshi Ohashi and Kunihiko Nohara. Chang’s sculptures take their cue from the Chinese tradition of water and mountain paintings (山水畫), employing the material as three-dimensional interpretation of a classical tradition. Nohara’s works combine different thematic elements to put across absurd statements about human behavior. Ohashi’s frisky works are figurative renderings of children at play, recalling his own youth and his naughty shenanigans.
■ Fish Art Center (秋刀魚藝術中心), 137 Jihu Rd, Taipei City (台北市基湖路137號), tel: (02) 2532-3800. Open Sundays to Fridays from 11am to 10:30pm
■ Until April 16
Kuo Hung-kun (郭弘坤) seeks to delineate the transformations of Taipei’s urban environment with On the Horizon (地平線上). The solo exhibition of pen and brush paintings are reminiscent of David Hockney’s deceptively simple pop art renderings of everyday objects and scenes, but here paired down even more and serving as a visual memory of the evolution of — some might say devolution of — the city, specifically its layering of new buildings into old neighborhoods over the past few decades.
■ 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
■ Until April 13
Lin Hsin-kai’s (林欣楷) early interactive video installations pondered the aesthetic language of film, narrating a fictional world of light and shadow. With Border (異境), a highly abstract — pretty much incomprehensible — exhibition of interactive installation that is currently on view at the Digital Arts Center, he brings the contrasts of light and dark together to symbolize the interconnection of all phenomena.