3D Printing (未來正在成型) is Taiwan’s first exhibition for designers who have embraced the technology. The group exhibition features 21 works realized with 3D printers, such as Chou Yu-jun’s (周育潤) giraffe sculpture, and a pen lodged in a tiny ornate cage by Tong Ho (何忠堂 ) and Rock Wang (王俊隆). Fons Sweegers and Lilian van Stekelenburg are here with Kitchen Hack, a 3D-printed apparatus that makes yarn when you run the flour mixer.
■ Taiwan Design Museum (台灣設計館), 133 Guangfu S Rd, Taipei City (臺北市光復南路133號), tel: (02) 2745-8199 X 370. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Regular admission: NT$50
■ Until Oct. 13
Acclaimed artisan Lin Guo-shinn (林國信) presents 33 sets of silver teapots and other metalwork at a solo exhibition Ripples on Water (水的線條). His teapots range from exquisite to charming with handles that curl out like a tail. Lin, who has worked with metal for 25 years, specializes in decorative finishing. Using burl metal — an alloy of bronze and silver — he creates intricate patterns that match the look of natural wood, flames and the water ripples of the exhibition title.
■ National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI), Taipei exhibition center (臺北當代工藝設計分館), 9F, 20 Nanhai Rd, Taipei City (臺北市南海路20號9樓), tel: (02) 2356-3879. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm
■ Until Sept. 8
HOME. LAND II : Do You Know My Name? (吾鄉、吾土系列二 : 你甘知影阮的名) is a solo exhibition about weeds. When Chen Chien-pei (陳建北) visited the Taipei Botanical Garden last year, he noticed tufts of grass and flowers flourishing in neglect and resolved to document them. His efforts include interviews with botanists, poems and photographs of plants taken from various angles. For Chen, the weeds are an extended metaphor for Taiwanese identity. In the showcase, he explores the growing cultural chasm between the older and younger generations.
■ 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: Free.
■ Opens today. Until Sept. 29
Interlocked (連鎖) is a South Korean photographer’s take on Taipei and what seems peculiar to it. Woojin Chang presents images of unusual parts of skyline, space — particularly scarcity of space between one building and the next — and the maze of AC units, electrical wires and pipes fitted in proximity in public spaces. Images are edited, with blocks of city imprinted over others, in accordance with Chang’s impression of the city. “I took great care to maintain and even enhance the feel of Taipei as I have felt it, while at the same time adding extra elements to augment the whimsical nature of the fictitious cityscape,” writes Chang in his gallery notes.
■ Treasure Hill Artist Village, Cross Gallery (寶藏巖國際藝術村十字藝廊), 2, Aly 14, Ln 230, Dingzhou Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市汀州路三段230巷14弄2號), tel: (02) 2364-5313. Open Tuesday to Sundays from 11am to 6pm
■ Until Sunday
Turkish painter Devrim Erbil brings panoramic scenes from his home country to Taiwan’s National Museum of History. The solo exhibition, Poetic Abstraction: from Istanbul (詩意的抽象─來自伊斯坦堡), provides a bird’s-eye view of Instanbul rendered in Erbil’s famously delicate lines and carpet-art motifs. Erbil was born in 1937 in Turkey’s carpet-weaving province of Usak and then trained in Istanbul, Paris and London. He was elected Turkey’s “Young Artist of the Year” in 1968, and awarded the prestigious State Artist title in 1991.