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Art exhibition listings

By Dana Ter  /  Staff reporter

Hesper Lang, Counterplay (2014).

Photo courtesy of Frees Artspace

Joy Luck’s Mirror Garden (喬‧伊拉克希的鏡花園) is a Taiwanese artistic rendition of Amy Tan’s novel The Joy Luck Club. The premise of the joint exhibition that includes Dong Fang-lan (董芳蘭), Yang Pi (楊碧), Hesper Lang (郎亞玲), Cloudy Lin (林小雲), Cecilia Yen (顏司音), Tsai Hai-ju (蔡海如) and Teresa Shih (施又熙) revolves around the lives of second-generation family friends whose parents suffered during Taiwan’s period of Martial Law, also known as the White Terror. Utilizing visual arts, theatrical dance and archival literature, the exhibition not only explores relationships between female friends and mothers and daughters, but also between the family and the state. By doing so, it delves into an artistic world which was once subverted.

■ Frees Art Space (福利社), B1, 82, Xinsheng N Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (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 1:30pm to 9pm, closed Sundays and Mondays

■ Until Jan. 10

Lin & Lin Gallery is currently showcasing the works of the late Guangzhou-born, Los Angeles-raised Chinese-American artist George Chann (陳蔭羆) in an exhibition entitled George Chann (陳蔭羆). In a career that spanned the 1940s to the 1990s, Chann was most well-known for using Chinese calligraphic characters as the base for his abstract paintings. In his earlier work, he addressed social issues such as poverty in Los Angeles along with cultural issues like his Chinese identity. In the 1940s, he painted scenes from Chinatown using melancholic but lively hues of blue, as well as grotesque-looking people with sunken, war-torn eyes. Although his later works were more purely abstract, there’s still a sense of the same sorts of intricacies with laced lines created by Chann’s signature frenzied brushstrokes.

■ 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 Jan. 4

Tina Keng Gallery currently has an exhibition on the work of Chinese artist Su Xiaobai (蘇笑柏). Su is known for his sculptural-like paintings which blend Western abstract art with the rigor and refinement of traditional Chinese painting techniques. His solo exhibition Xiaobai Su: 2012-2014 (蘇笑柏: 2012-2014) at displays his lacquer paintings over linen and wood objects. The act is symbolic of creating new memories of the homeland. Su also toys with the viewer’s mind, leaving them pondering about concepts of space and dimension since his work shifts between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional.

■ 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 Feb. 15

Silent Audacity (沉默果敢) is Japanese artist Sayaka Ohata’s first solo exhibition in Taipei. Held at the hipster-bohemian military residence-turned-artist village, Treasure Hill, the exhibition explores “a silent inner force that stimulates our imagination to act” — according to the gallery notes. Ohata doesn’t have a preferred choice of medium. Instead, she utilizes a wide range, from paintings to videos and installations, to create an overall sense of imagined space. The result is simultaneously reflective and haunting. Ohata is a self-identifying “international artist” and is based in Tokyo and Paris.

■ Treasure Hill Artist Village’s (寶藏巖國際藝術村) CrossGallery (十字藝廊), 2, Alley 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, closed Mondays and Wednesdays

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