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An artist’s business

Art as a Business in Taipei will feature expat guest speakers who have launched artistic careers in Taiwan

By Dana Ter  /  Staff reporter

Color Wolf Studio in Taipei is a collective that brings together artists, writers and other creative people.

Photo courtesy of Color Wolf Studio

Those of us who are artistically inclined know too well the struggle of turning our passion into something more lucrative.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Committee is hosting Art as a Business in Taipei on Friday of next week. The panel, which is to be held at 7:30pm at 1001 Nights, will include presentations by guest speakers, all of whom are expat entrepreneurs.

One of the guest panelists is Color Wolf Studio, the Taipei-based collective consisting of artists and writers. Started in 2013 by husband-and-wife duo Todde Williams and Patty Hogan and their friend Madison Conger, the collective aims to bring together creative people.

“People who are truly creating aren’t typically out on the scene meeting new people,” Williams tells the Taipei Times. “When people join our collective, we advertise for them, give them projects to fit their individual style and always keep them in the loop for our group shows.”

He adds that while Taipei galleries have taught them much about the local scene, they’ve also tried to infuse a bit of their own vibe into the shows they do.

Williams says they did a show at a tattoo studio in London where “we grilled and drank alcohol all day.”

He thinks this is a fine approach.

“Lubricated people buy art,” he says. “In Taipei, it seems that shows are all juice and sandwiches.”

Also speaking at the panel is American artist Zachary Widgren, who now goes by the moniker Lala Eats Lala.

Widgren says the name was given to him by a homeless man in Tennessee that he shared a pizza with one night. They talked for hours and the man spent a great deal of time flipping through Widgren’s sketchbook, saying, “This stuff is your own…keep that up…Lala Eats Lala. That name is good, keep that.”

Event notes

What: Art as a Business in Taipei

When: Aug. 26 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: 1001 Nights Taipei (一千零一夜水煙館), 2F, 8, Nanjing E Rd Sec 5, Taipei City (台北市松山區南京東路5段8號2樓)

Admission: Free for members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, NT$100 for non-members

On the net: www.facebook.com/events/

1089d836114431191

(including link to RSVP)


The name stuck in Widgren’s head.

“Dude had a good spirit.”

As for the art scene in Taipei, Widgren believes that there is growing hunger within the contemporary scene to create a new identity.

For his own work — which is mostly avant-garde and incorporates words, symbols and hidden imagery influenced by psychedelic counter-culture of the 1960s.

“I think it is much more interesting to make things that escape language for me,” he says.

He adds that art can serve as a way to pose questions or start conversations that haven’t been spoken yet.

More of Widgren’s work can be found on his Web site, www.lalaeatslala.com, and his Instgram, @paintbazooka.

To attend the panel, RSVP online via the link on the Facebook event page.

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