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Art exhibition listings

By Dana Ter  /  Staff reporter

Tsai Chieh-hsin, Squirrel in Rainbow Rain Village (2016).

Photo courtesy of Liang Gallery

Amis Aboriginal sculptor Siki Sufin has his first solo exhibition at the International Pavilion of Indigenous Arts and Cultures in Taipei. The Flying Wings, The Journeying Souls traces Sufin’s personal journey of discovery from working various jobs in cities across Taiwan to returning home to Dulan, a small village in Taitung County, home to some Amis Aborigines, of whom many are artists and musicians. Sufin uses driftwood to create his sculptures of people and warriors with bird-like qualities. The wings represent a life lived wandering the earth, but they also symbolize new beginnings. Sufin says he faced discrimination while living in other parts of Taiwan and hopes that his artwork will help facilitate healing and understanding.

■ International Pavilion of Indigenous Arts and Cultures (原民風味館) 151, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市中山北路三段151號), tel: (02) 2599-2655. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm

■ Until June 20

The printmaking and arts and crafts store MBMore has settled into their new location in Taipei’s historic Datong District (大同) and their latest exhibition, Landscaping (造景), features the works of three artists: Kao Chia-hung (高嘉宏), Liao Chun-li (廖峻立) and Malaysian artist Lee Tek Khean (李迪權). Kao’s golden silhouettes of people and animals provide a nice contrast to Liao’s more intricate woodcut Line Series, which consists of lots of squiggly lines. Lee’s linocuts, meanwhile, depict haunting images of stormy seas seen from behind iron-barred windows. The grayish turquoise and deep blue hues he uses evoke a sense of danger and discovery.

■ MBMore (岩筆模), 275, Nanjing W Rd, Taipei City (台北市南京西路275號), tel: (02) 2558-3395. Open Tuesday to Sundays from 11am to 7pm

■ Until July 3

Tsai Chieh-hsin (蔡潔莘) is known for her globular sculptures dyed in rainbow colors, and for her latest exhibition she creates an entire army of whimsical animals trapped in a magical village where it rains rainbow droplets and colorful mushrooms grow from stones. Rainbow Rain Village (彩虹雨村落) is as cheery as it sounds, though for Tsai, the message is more about “surmounting trauma.” While rain connotes dreariness, rainbows are happy and hopeful. By juxtaposing the two, Tsai is saying that we should be more proactive in creating our own opportunities — our own “rainbows” — rather than wait for luck to strike.

Liang Gallery is also featuring Words Under the Reflection of Lights (凝光映語), a solo exhibition by young artist Yu Ya-lan (游雅蘭). Yu, who hails from Yunlin County, paints impressionistic-style landscapes. Her mountains and lakes are not so much pristine as they are rugged and personified. She skillfully interweaves hues of dark turquoise with splashes of bright yellow in a way that isn’t discordant. Far from it, the landscapes appear as if they are communicating with the viewer. The exhibition also includes a series of prints that Yu made based on photographs of her mother.

■ Liang Gallery (尊彩藝術中心), 366, Ruiguang Rd, Taipei City (台北市瑞光路366號), tel: (02) 2797-1100. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 6pm

■ Both exhibitions are until July 3

The Taipei Fine Arts Museum has a riveting new exhibition by young Yilan-born artist Chen Che-wei (陳哲偉). Chen’s Oblivion (養神院) — which traverses sound, video, text and other media — shows a fascination with the morbid aspects of history. The exhibition’s Chinese title shares the same name as Taiwan’s first state asylum, which was founded in the 1930s under Japanese colonial rule to treat mental health patients. Chen’s artwork explores, through personal memories and collective consciousness, how the mentally ill have historically been discriminated against and excluded from full participation in society. By doing so, Chen brings to light the power relations and hierarchies in a system that allows such a practice to occur.

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