Gesichtslandschaften (Landscapes of Faces, 臉孔風景) is a joint show of portraits by two Taiwanese painters trained in Germany. Kuo Chih-hung (郭志宏) reproduces people in photographs without strict fidelity: Every color is slightly over-bright and every line a bit too firm, so that each “reproduction” becomes a frozen image of a Magical Realist landscape. Wu Yih-han (吳逸寒) depicts family and friends with neutral faces and uncomplicated poses — sitting or standing — against different paisley backdrops. Her subjects’ emotions are not in the face but in the miniscule details, like the subtle string bra on Ana.
■ Aki Gallery (也趣藝廊), 141 Minzu W Rd, Taipei City (台北市民族西路141號), tel: (02) 2599-1171. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from noon to 6:30pm
■ Opening reception tomorrow at 3pm. Until Sept. 29
El Salvador Nueve Mujeres En Las Artes Visuals (El Salvador’s Women in the Visual Arts) is a retrospective show that spotlights notable Salvadorian women painters of the 20th and 21st centuries. Featured artists include Rosa Mena Valenzuela, Nicole Schwartz, Negra Alvarez and Julia Diaz, who founded El Salvador’s first art gallery, the Galeria Forma. Many of the works borrow themes from the country’s traditions, landscapes and political circumstances. El Salvador, Central America’s smallest country, has a turbulent history marked recently by a 12-year civil war.
■ Zhi Qing Exhibition Hall (志清廳), National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (國立中正紀念堂), tel: (02) 2343-1100, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 6pm
■ Until Sept. 29
The Brilliance of Oil Pastel (彩蠟凝艷光) is a solo exhibition of three-dimensional pastel paintings by Wang Jan-min (王建民), a Taipei-based artist. Wang creates his signature 3D effect by carving designs on a smooth wooden board, then applying the oil pastel in deep strokes so that the texture is rich yet airy.
■ Art Den (藝研齋), 3F, 309 Xinyi Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市信義路四段309號3樓), tel: (02) 2325-8188. Open Tuesdays to Saturday from 10:30am to 6:30pm
■ Opening reception tomorrow at 3pm
Before Leaving (離去之前) is how two cities — Taipei and the Czech Republic’s Cesky Krumlov — appear in the artist’s final glance at them before departure. Chiu Chih-hua (丘智華) builds a tableau using paper scale models, digital prints and video works at the FreeS Art Space (福利社), a gallery for rising artists in experimental mediums. Miniature trees and building replicas are chilly and white, a physical manifestation of grief over losing a home and the thrill of the upcoming unknown.
■ FreeS Art Space, B1, 82, Xinsheng N Rd Sec 3 (104台北市新生北路三段82號B1), tel: (02) 2585-7600, open Tuesdays to Fridays from 11am to 7pm, Saturdays from 1pm to 9pm
■ Opening reception tomorrow at 7pm. Until Oct. 5