Los Angeles, the land of smoke and mirrors. Pop artist Jonathan Paul, aka Desire Obtain Cherish, makes a tack-sharp and satirical statement about his hometown in a solo exhibition, Addict. The show collects 12 pieces — like celebrity glamor shots made up of colored pills — that depict a world in which gratification is instant and image consciousness borders on obsession.
■ Bluerider Art, 9F, 25-1, Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (北市仁愛路四段25-1號9樓), tel: (02) 2752-2238, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 6pm
■ Until Dec.10
Photo courtesy of Asia Art Center
The Poetics of Polyphony (複調的詩學) is a two-gallery retrospective on leading abstract painter Yang Chi-hung (楊識宏) of Taoyuan County. On view at Asia Art Center (亞洲藝術中心) are Yang’s seminal paintings from the 20th century, from representations of the self to explorations of civilizations and archeology that were heavily influenced by Yang’s experiences in New York. A second exhibition at Asia Art Center Taipei II features Yang’s most recent works, a return to Eastern ink calligraphy informed by abstract expressionism. Yang is a US National Studio fellow and winner of the Outstanding Asian Art Award from the Governor of New York.
■ Asia Art Center, 177, Jianguo S Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市建國南路二段177號), tel: (02) 2754-1366. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6:30pm
■ Asia Art Center II (亞洲藝術中心二館), 93, Lequn 2nd Road, Taipei City (台北市樂群二路93號), tel: (02) 8502-7939. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6:30pm
Photo courtesy of Yi&C Contemporary Art
■ Until Dec. 7
Japanese contemporary photographer Kouhei Hirose presents Yokushiroku (欲視錄), a visual record of street life in Tokyo and Taipei. In 30 black-and-white images of pedestrians, he exposes private desires that are habitually suppressed.
■ 1839 Contemporary Gallery (當代藝廊), B1, 120 Yanji St, Taipei City (台北市延吉街120號B1), tel: (02) 2778-8458. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 8pm. Free admission
■ Nov. 23
Wormhole: Geo-attraction (蟲洞: 地緣引力) is a mixed-media exhibition featuring Chen Fei (陳飛), Gao Ludi (高露迪) and 14 other top artists from China’s young adult demographic. Curated by Sun Dongdong (孫冬冬), works here exemplify thematic concerns of this generation, which is shaped like none before by Web 2.0 and China’s meteoric rise, according to the gallery notes. Spanning film, graphics and installation, the show also provides a survey of the latest stylistic transition in Chinese contemporary art.
■ Lin & Lin Gallery (大未來林舍畫廊), 16 Dongfeng St, Taipei City (台北市東豐街16號), tel: (02) 2700-6866. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm
■ Until Nov. 23
Pang Kang-long (彭康隆) presents a new variation on contemporary ink painting at his solo show Romance of Trees, Flowers and Stones (花木述石). Each of the 20 paintings features individual plants painted with a time-consuming dotting technique until no white space is left on the canvas. From afar, the dots materialize into a scene, and up close they form surprisingly micro-fine details of individual grass clusters and leaves. Pang is a native of Hualien County best known for avant-garde contemporary approaches to traditional landscape painting.
■ Yi&C Contemporary Art (易雅居當代空間館), 22, Ln 252, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路一段252巷22號), tel: (02) 2781-3131. Open Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 6pm
■ Until Nov. 27
Scott Saulters wasn’t sure if his film had just taken one of the two top prizes at a recent film competition. Although Saulters has been in Taiwan for 15 years and is proficient in Mandarin, the award ceremony for the inaugural “Bi Tian Iann” (眯電影) short film contest was conducted entirely in Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese), a language he can’t speak. “I thought I heard it, but I didn’t want to look too excited,” he says. Despite his limited command of the tongue, Saulter’s entry, Wu Yu Tzu (烏魚子, mullet roe), took first place in the amateur category of the
Since its launch in 2014, the Taiwan Season has increasingly become a “must-see” at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. So, when this year’s three-week Fringe became an early casualty of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Chen Pin-chuan (陳斌全) was determined that the Taiwan Season must continue in some form. Chen, director of the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK, says that he and Taiwan Season curator and producer Yeh Jih-wen (葉紀紋) had been thinking of ways of growing and adding value to the season anyway. The crisis and the cancellation of the live performances brought those ideas forward as
The Taiwan of yesteryear was dominated in whole or in part by the Dutch, Spanish, Qing Empire and Japanese. But is the Taiwanese name for a popular edible fish derived from the Portuguese language? Cheng Wei-chung (鄭維中), an associate research fellow at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History, says yes. The fish in question is the narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, which was listed in early 18th century Qing local gazetteers as Taiwanese specialities alongside milk fish and mullet, according to Cheng’s paper, “Mullet, narrow-barred Spanish mackerel and milkfish: Multiple contextual developments of three certified seafood specilaities in Taiwan, from the
In the regular drumbeat of arrests of alleged Chinese spies, one case last month stood out. It did not involve the US or another rival of China, but Russia, whose security services accused a prominent arctic scientist of selling classified data on technologies for detecting submarines. Meanwhile a court in Kazakhstan in October convicted the Central Asia nation’s preeminent China specialist of espionage, a move widely interpreted at the time as a warning against increased meddling by the superpower next door. Both men maintain their innocence and if China is spying on Russia, Moscow is surely doing the same. Even so, the fact