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Art exhibition listings

By Dana Ter  /  Staff reporter

Tsai Kuen-lin, Seascape (2012).

Photo courtesy of Liang Gallery

VT Art Salon is currently featuring a series of video installations by sound artist Wu Tsan-Cheng (吳燦政), in an exhibition entitled Zero (恥). Wu claims the videos have “no narrative” and “no passion,” and that “it will be a bland movie” with lots of juxtaposition of images of jungles and cities, animals and humans. There will be “no judgement, no criticism,” Wu adds. Perhaps Wu means that the viewer is supposed to draw his or her own inferences from the clips about human nature and primitivism — though I don’t buy the idea that he’s trying to abstain from imposing his own viewpoints onto the viewer.

■ VT Art Salon (非常廟藝文空間), B1, 47 Yitong St, Taipei City (台北市伊通街47號B1), tel: (02) 2516-1060. Open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 1:30pm to 9pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 1:30pm to 10pm

■ Until Aug. 6

The Invisible Sound (看不見的聲音) is a solo exhibition at Taipei’s Liang Gallery featuring the works of Tainan-born artist Tsai Kuen-lin (蔡坤霖). The works exhibited range from photography and printmaking to sound and video installations, though many of Tsai’s works contain plastic pipes, which he twists and sculpts into different shapes. The centerpiece of this exhibition is Outside Inside (2016), an interactive sound installation made with plastic pipes, wood and photo frames. Viewers are welcome to climb on the installation and listen to sounds they would normally hear in a sprawling urban city. In his photography installation Still Life — Non-organic (2013), Tsai explores the idea of consumerism and brings into question the relationship between food and affordability.

■ 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

■ Until Aug. 7

Hydrangea flowers usually take on varying hues, including white, light purple, and pastel blue and pink, but printmaking artist Yang Chen-hua (楊振華) chooses to color his flowers black. Entitled Black Hydrangea (黑色繡球) and held at the printmaking arts and crafts store MBMore, Yang’s solo exhibition explores the idea of withering beauty through a series of collagraphs of plants, though he does so in a way that’s cute and comical — for example, through little creatures gnawing on leaves. In fact, Yang creates a whimsical world where the whole idea of beauty is sort of topsy-turvy.

■ 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 Aug. 14

Digital artist Tu Pei-shih (杜珮詩) currently has a solo exhibition at Taipei’s Digital Art Center. Entitled The Abstraction Series (抽象系列), the exhibition consists of two of Tu’s videos, Cumming Inside Her Asian Pussy (2015) and Gennady Golovkin vs Marco Antonio Rubio (2016). In the former work, a single-channel animation, Tu uses stop motion to reproduce a video she found on Pornhub.com. The result is a heavily pixelated series of motions that looks like a conglomeration of orange and yellow squares moving about (way to make sex look unsexy). The latter work is a four-channel animation reproduced from a boxing match in 2014 which Tu found on YouTube. Like the former video, it’s also very zoomed-in and pixelated, though Tu manages to capture the excitement in this one. The video is a brilliant compilation of flashes of light and an overall feeling of disorientation.

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