Thu, Jul 21, 2016 - Page 14 News List

Art exhibition listings

By Dana Ter  /  Staff reporter

Thordis Adalstinsdottir, Hot Yoga Self Portrait (2016).

Photo courtesy of Nunu Fine Art

This Saturday is the opening of Smart Landscapes (智慧風景), a solo exhibition by Danish artist Mikkel Carl at Taipei’s Caves Art Center. The exhibition marks Carl’s debut show in Taiwan and will showcase works from his anodized titanium series — i.e. paintings on titanium sheets. Carl’s interests in industrial design, fashion and pop culture are all evident in his artwork which is bold and rebellious. A lot of the paintings in the series are blotchy and pigmented. They appear futuristic but are also strangely reminiscent of a lost era of when inkjet printers were first invented.

■ Caves Art Center (敦煌藝術中心), 91, Fujin St, Taipei City (台北市富錦街91號), tel: (02) 2718-2091. Open daily from 11am to 7pm

■ Opening reception is Saturday, 3pm. Until Aug. 7

“Art and design hub” is not what normally comes to mind when thinking of Israel, but the country of 8 million by the Mediterranean Sea is slowly seeking to change this. On display at Taipei’s Songshan Cultural and Creative Park is Creative Roughness: Contemporary Israeli Design, an exhibition showcasing the works of 45 Israeli designers, including Michael Tsinovsky’s coffee tables inspired by Arabic motifs, and wooden lamps designed by Studio Vayehi. The emphasis of many of these designers and design studios is on using local materials. A lot of the furniture also blends various influences, including Jewish and Arabic, while still managing to be sleek, minimalistic and industrial — all of which is a testament to the country’s diversity.

Remember having to memorize how many milliliters there are in a liter in elementary school? As if that weren’t boring enough, if you were like me and attended international schools, chances are you had to learn both metric and imperial systems, too. Well, no exhibition makes learning about units of measurement more appealing than the traveling exhibition from Tokyo, Measuring: This Much, That Much, How Much?, which is currently making a stop at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. The exhibition includes a number of interactive displays including one that allows visitors to use their hand as a unit of measurement, which is then translated into a fruit of a similar size. Each display forces the viewer to give second thought to aspects of everyday life that we normally take for granted, and in the process, enabling us to better understand the way in which we structure and interpret the physical world.

■ Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (松山文創園區), 133, Guangfu S Rd, Taipti City (台北市光復南路133號), tel: (02) 2765-1388. Open daily from 9am to 6pm

■ Admission to Creative Roughness is free. Until Aug 14.

■ General admission to Measuring is NT$280. Until Sept. 16

Un Nomade (「房」特刊) is a joint exhibition organized by Telling Arts (疊藝術) and held at b.LAB in Taichung featuring the works of three artists that deal with the concepts of nomadism, identity and other fluid concepts. Taiwanese artist Huang Chih-cheng (黃至正) uses gold foil to represent the fragility and ephemeral nature of life. The part-human, part-pigeon figures he depicts alludes to the interconnectedness between human beings and their natural surroundings. The birds also symbolize freedom, as birds usually do. Malaysian artist Wong Xiang-Yi’s (黃向藝) delicate pieces of artwork created by ink on silk are influenced by her travels to Hong Kong and Taiwan, and her love for manga comics. Feminism is a predominant theme in her work, as well as the idea of gender fluidity. Finally, the Malaysian-Taiwanese artist who goes by the name Cindy fuses her dual identity into her drawings of iconic consumer and pop culture images she saw while growing up.

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