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Art exhibition listings

By Dana Ter  /  Staff reporter

Chou Ching-hui, Animal Farm No. 6 (2014).

Photo courtesy of Chini Gallery

Lin & Lin Gallery’s latest exhibition, Intermedium (媒介), features artists from around the world whose work combines multiple artistic mediums. Lu Hsien-ming’s (陸先銘) paintings on stainless steel critique the effects of the manufacturing industry on Taiwan’s environment. Lu documents the rapid change in Taipei’s cityscape from bamboo structures of earlier years to the tall, dreary buildings and overhead passes that we see today. Also in the lineup is Spanish artist Jose Maria Cano’s paraffin wax portraits of people pulled from pages of the Wall Street Journal, including Barack Obama and Alan Greenspan.

■ 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

■ Opens tomorrow. Until March 27

The Hsinchu-born Tseng Lin-yuan (曾麟媛) may seem too young to be reflecting on her childhood and painting whimsical memories of it (she’s in her mid-20s), but this skilled artist manages to do so in a way that is detached and introspective. Tseng achieves this through colors, movement and painting indistinct objects rather than drawing people. Her latest exhibition, One of Those Days (拾掇那些日子), which opens at Taipei’s Aki Gallery next week, is named after Shi Shu-ching’s (施叔青) novel of the same name. While the tone in Shi’s novel is forlorn, Tseng uses bright colors to depict balloons, merry go-rounds and paper airplanes. On the surface, her work seems happy and nostalgic, but there’s also a certain sadness to it. In fact, the blurred images appear to be a deliberate attempt to conceal one’s feelings or emotions.

■ 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

■ Opens tomorrow. Until March 27

Photo-journalist Chou Ching-hui’s (周慶輝) decades-long career has come a long way from his early black-and-white portraits of rural schoolchildren and factory workers to bizarre, dystopian images of inanimate-looking people arranged in zoo-like exhibits for his latest series of photographs, Animal Farm. A selection of Chou’s work over the last two decades are currently on display at Taipei’s Chini Gallery, in the exhibition In the Name of Documenting (以人之名). The title is fitting as Chou takes an anthropological approach to photography. It grows stronger in his later work, and especially in the Animal Farm series where Chou spent five years studying the arrangement of different zoos throughout Taiwan and photographed people in such a way that it seems like they are being examined under a microscope — much in the same way that we gawk at animals at the zoo.

■ Chini Gallery (采泥藝術), 48, Lane 128 Jingye 1st Rd, Taipei City (台北市敬業一路128巷48號), tel: (02) 7729-5809. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:30am to 7pm

■ Until April 3

It’s clear that Keng Hao-kang (耿?剛) knows how to enjoy the finer things in life. He studied painting and installation in Italy and worked at Hugo Boss for several years upon returning home to Taiwan. His eye for fashion certainly plays out in his latest solo exhibition, Pin-up·March (三月。小甜心), which opens at Taipei’s Galleria H tomorrow. The exhibition’s content is self-explanatory — images of pin-up girls in calendars for the month of March. Though what’s interesting is the way that Keng uses Chinese ink on rice paper and morphs them with images of American pin-up girls from the 1950s. The result is as humorous as it is awkward. It also shows that the fascination with pin-up girls transcends cultures and time.

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