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Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung  /  Contributing reporter

■ Hsinchu City Art Gallery (新竹市美術館), 116 Central Rd, Hsinchu City (新竹市中央路116號), tel: (03) 524-7218. Opens Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm.

■ Until Nov. 28

This is the last week of From Island to Island, Japanese artist Aki Kondo’s solo exhibition at Tina Keng Gallery (耿畫廊). The 10 luscious paintings on view are a culmination of her 45 day residency in Taipei this year, organized by the gallery and Tokyo-based Shugo Arts. The title refers to Kondo’s voyage from Japan’s Shodoshima Island, where she normally resides, to Taiwan, which she says is “a different world beyond the border.” Before departure, she had anticipated encountering a different temporality in Taiwan and hoped to inscribe this distinctiveness into her work. Her works employ a generous use of paint, vibrant colors and spontaneous brushstrokes that accentuate the presence of the artist at work. Working intuitively between fantasy and reality, Kondo creates anecdotal narratives from life experiences and physical perception.

■ Tina Keng Gallery (耿畫廊), B1, 15, Lane 546, Ruiguang Rd, Taipei City (台北市瑞光路546巷15號B1), tel: (02) 2659-0798. Opens Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm.

■ Until Nov. 12

Lin & Lin Gallery is currently showing Wu Da-yu (吳大羽, an intimate show of 30 small-scale works by pioneering modern artist Wu Da-yu (吳大羽). As a prominent figure of the first generation Chinese abstract painters, Wu was among the first Chinese artists to study in France in the early 1920s. He later returned to Hangzhou, where he taught many painters who later became pioneers of the next generation, including Zao Wou-ki (趙無極), Chu Teh-chun (朱德群) and Wu Guanzhong (吳冠中). Wu’s paintings have a distinct way of combining Chinese and Western sensibilities; even in his small works on paper, vibrant abstractions and lyrical brushstrokes negotiate a balance between composed elegance and passionate bursts of emotion. Fellow artist Lin Fengmian (林風眠) once said Wu is “an exceptional artist of color and with amazing creativity.” According to the gallery, this is the first time these works on paper are publically exhibited. Using a variety of materials, including ink, watercolor, oil pastels and pencil, these drawings show influences of impressionism, cubism, fauvism and Chinese ink painting.

■ 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. Opens Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm.

■ Until Dec. 3

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