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Art exhibition listings

By Dana Ter  /  Staff reporter

Chen I-chun, The Piggy Song (2013).

Photo courtesy of Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Shanghai-born Chinese artist Hu Weiyi (胡為一) has already dabbled in video, installation, photography and sound, and his latest exhibition, Hu Weiyi (胡為一), held at Asia Art Center II, is a tantalizing mix of these different mediums. The choice of mixed media is not accidental as the purpose of the exhibition is to deconstruct the entire notion of logic. In Mass (2015), randomly arranged neon signs light up the insides of old luggage. In Pulp Landscape 5 (2015), everyday items that you would normally find in a house are simply not placed where they should be. But Flirt (2014) is probably Hu’s most racy piece. For this installation, he dissects pictures of human body parts — especially erogenous ones — into various fragments, interlacing them with neon-lit wires. The wires extend from the photographs and into other parts of the gallery, serving as binding for some old books — perhaps a stab at the illogical nature of human copulation?

■ Asia Art Center II (亞洲藝術中心二館), 93, Lequn 2nd Rd, Taipei City (台北市樂群二路93號), tel: (02) 8502-7939. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6:30pm

■ Until Oct. 24

Hou I-Ting (侯怡亭) has never been the type to shy away from controversy. In 2005, she covered her body in white paint and projected images of cartoons and celebrities onto herself. Her latest exhibition, Sewing Fields (代工繡場), which alludes to Taiwan’s garment industry, opens at TKG+ Projects tomorrow. While digital media is normally her area of expertise, for this exhibition, Hou superimposes embroidery and photography. The effect is multi-textured, which makes sense, as her critique of the garment industry is profoundly complex. Apparently, it explores how Taiwan’s original equipment manufacturer system (a system when a company makes a part that is used in another company’s end product), which was put in place in the 1970s, had a positive impact on the country’s socio-economic development. However, Hou also bemoans the loss of the intimate process of sewing a simple garment in the mechanized era.

■ TKG+ Projects, B1, 15, Ln 548, Ruiguang Rd, Taipei City (台北市瑞光路548巷15號B1), tel: (02) 2659-0798. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm

■ Opens tomorrow. Until Nov. 1

Rebellious artists seem to be a theme for Tina Keng Gallery lately. To fit with Hou’s exhibition at TKG+, Tina Keng Gallery will also be featuring Brain Dead Travelogue (腦殘遊記), a solo exhibition by activist artist Yao Jui-chung (姚瑞中). Yao, whose work spans photography, installation, paintings and anything imaginable within the realm of art, has always took on a social critique angle. In January, Yao won the People’s Choice Award at the Signature Art Prize in Singapore for his photographic work of Taiwan’s “mosquito halls” (蚊子館) — old buildings built with taxpayer dollars but later abandoned because of poor management and few visitors. So it may come as a surprise that his latest exhibition is deeply introspective. It will feature two decades of Yao’s landscape paintings, including some new ones, such as Life Is but a Dream (2015), a massive painting which depicts eight major milestones in Yao’s life (a self-portrait with his 19-year-old cat is one of the milestones).

■ 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 11am to 7pm

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