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Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung  /  Contributing reporter

■ Pier-2 Art Center, Dayong Warehouse (駁二藝術特區 — 大勇倉庫), 1, Dayong Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市大勇路1號), tel: (07) 521-4899

■ City Suites — Kaohsiung (城市商旅 高雄真愛館), 1, Dayi St, Kaohsiung City (高雄市大義街1號), tel: (07) 521-5116, Friday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm, Sunday from 11am to 6pm

■ Until Dec. 30

Chen Kun-feng’s (陳崑峰) solo exhibition Lost Landscapes (遺地風景) shows a series of paintings based on his hometown Siaoliouciou Island (小琉球). Working from memories, dreams and old photographs, the artist processes his attachment to the island’s Baisha Port (白沙港), its ferries, the sea and scenes on the island that have since transformed over the years. To the artist, these paintings are considered collages, in which he works through his sense of identity and belonging, and the spiritual meaning of his hometown and childhood. As he looked over old photographs, his mind overlaid the captured spaces as they are now with how they were before. And in this process, he sought to understand the natural process of change. The triptych Beautiful Liang Tai (美哉良台) depitcts Liang Tai Express, a boat that commutes between Siaoliouciou Island and Pingtung County’s Donggang Township (東港). Lost Landscapes (遺地風景) is another three-part painting divided by blue, gray and purple color schemes. The busy harbor scene in this piece is overlaid with geometric shapes that seem to add a level of cryptic abstraction to the harbor’s objective reality.

■ VT Art Salon (非常廟藝文空間), B1, 17, Lane 56, Xinsheng N Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市新生北路三段56巷17號B1), tel: (02) 2597-2525. Opens Tuesdays to Fridays from 11:30am to 7pm, Saturdays 1:30pm to 9pm

■ Until Dec. 30

Tobacco, Carpet, Lunch Box, Textile Machinery and Cave Man: The Narratives of Craftmanship and Technology in Contemporary Art (菸葉、地毯、便當、紡織機、穴居人:當代藝術中的工藝及技術敘事) is a group exhibition that seeks to explore the concept of craftsmanship in contemporary art. The show’s Japanese curator Nobuo Takamori says “the greatest difference between crafts-based art and narrative or conceptual art is that crafts-based art preserves a space for appreciation of skill.” Such appreciation of skill may stem from an artist’s use of material that is difficult to control, devoting time and attention to a particular skillset, or an original way of manipulating material. Vietnamese artist Truong Minh Quy’s film A Letter from Home to Origin speaks about the history of the Ruc people and their encounter with forced relocation and new ways of living. Hou I-ting’s (侯怡亭) White Uniform (白制服) is a series of prints and video that speak to Taiwan’s culture of prepared lunch boxes served on the railway. The work addresses the influences of Japanese colonization and their injection of cultural domination through cuisine and technology. Kuo Yu-ping’s (郭俞平) painting My Little Black Book (小黑書) depicts delicate portraits of humans, animals and flowers painted with high concentration and control of material.

■ Hong-gah Museum (鳳甲美術館), 11F, 166, Daye Rd, Taipei City (台北市大業路166號11樓), tel: (02) 2897-3980. Opens Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:30am to 5:30pm

■ Until Feb. 4

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