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Art exhibition listings

By Dana Ter  /  Staff reporter

Yin Zhaoyang, Untitled (2016).

Photo courtesy of Aura Gallery

Netherlands-based British photographer Eric Kellerman is fascinated by the female form — in the nude, of course — and has a team of female models that he works with. His latest solo exhibition, The Box (箱中的活字版人體結構), is currently on view at Taipei’s 1839 Contemporary Gallery. The exhibition features Kellerman’s signature female nudes, but this time, they are all striking dance, acrobatic and yoga poses inside of boxes. According to his Web site, Kellerman considers his work to be “distant” and “unerotic” — though that’s really up to the viewer to decide, isn’t it?

■ 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

■ Until May 1

Chiu Chien-jen’s (邱建仁) bleak, mysterious paintings of silhouettes and cityscapes are currently on display at Taipei’s Lin & Lin Gallery. Once I Gaze At (他處) centers around the idea of the omniscient gaze. Chiu favors grayish and deep blue hues, with a dabbling of maroon here and there. The point of view appears to be rather fatalistic, something which is conveyed through the listless motions of Chiu’s subjects. In some instances, people merge into the landscape, becoming one and the same, symbolizing the impermanence of human life.

■ 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 May 1

I’m a native English speaker and I had to look up the word “oneiric.” Apparently, it means “relating to dreams.” Oneiric Subjectivity (夢.主體 ) is Hong Kong-born, Taiwan-based sculptor Lai Chi-man’s (黎志文) latest exhibition. While Lai’s previous work contained hidden political messages, he takes on a more abstract, poetic approach this time, using materials as diverse as marble, lead and iron to create sculptures that are supposed to replicate the feeling of being in a dream-like state. Lai pays careful attention to curvature and movement in his sculptures, which is not an easy feat with the materials he uses. The result is that the reader gets lost in his alternative world where dreams rule supreme.

■ ArtDoor Gallery (藝境畫廊) 639, Ruiguang Rd, Taipei City (台北市瑞光路639號), tel: (02) 2658-5268. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm

■ Until May 8

Artist and poet Brigitta Rossetti has an ideal space for inspiration: a converted old barn in the Italian countryside. Her paintings, sculptures and collages all pay tribute to her love of flowers, butterflies and animals but they also allude to the frailty of human life. In fact, Rossetti’s work has a very literary, romantic feel, from the ruffles in the leaves and flower petals to the elongated stems. Her latest solo exhibition, I Fiori e il Sogno (Flowers and Dreams), opens tomorrow at Taipei’s Bluerider Art.

■ Bluerider Art (藍騎士藝術空間), 9F, 25-1, Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市仁愛路四段25-1號9樓), tel: (02) 2752-2238. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9am to 6pm

■ Opens tomorrow. Until May 21

Opening tomorrow at Aura Gallery Taipei is The Essence of Things (靜相), a joint exhibition that explores the dark side of the human subconscious through depictions of flowers, birds and other pretty things. It includes Tainan native Wu Chuan-lun (吳權倫) who uses mixed media — computer generated images, carvings and paintings — to create three-dimensional-like rainbow shapes. Also in the lineup is Chinese artist Yin Zhaoyang (尹朝陽) who is known for his expressionist landscape paintings, as well as South African-based American photographer Roger Ballen whose frightful-looking black-and-white photographs depict marginalized and unstable people. Seriously, why can’t flowers just be pretty things that we all like to look at?

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