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Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung  /  Contributing reporter

Chuang Pei-xin, The Order of Construction (2017).

Photo Courtesy of Powen Gallery

Sprouting (冒出芽) is a free-spirited show of paintings and prints created by children and mentally disabled students between the ages of four and 23. This show is collectively organized by three private art centers that offer art programs to children and Lin Yuchen (林宥辰), an art tutor for disabled people. Haiton Art Center (海桐藝術中心), Lemon.sub Studio (檸檬子畫室), Ringo Art Education Center (Ringo藝術教育中心) and Lin Yuchen operate in Taipei, New Taipei City, Taoyuan, and Taichung respectively and provide seasonal courses with different creative agendas. The works on view are all created in class; some are made as a group exercise while others are individually authored. As a whole, the show features fanciful narratives, childlike caricatures and carefree use of colors; these traits are consistent throughout the exhibition, demonstrating a general confidence in mark-making and vision. The students from Lemon.sub Studio are showing colorful prints displayed together with their print blocks, while the children from Ringo Art Education Center have together created two large scale drawings using different teamwork techniques. The exhibition hopes to encourage children’s creativity and celebrate their natural openness to imagination.

■ Haiton Art Center (海桐藝術中心) 2F, 75, Hami St, Taipei City (台北市哈密街75號2樓), tel: (02) 2559-6360. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 3pm to 9pm.

■ Through Dec. 23

Negotiating the Future (關鍵斡旋) is the sixth edition of the Asian Art Biennial organized by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. This year’s show is curated by an international group effort, including Kenji Kubota (Japan), Ade Darmawan (Indonesia), Wassan Al-Khudhairi (Iraq/US) and Lin Hsiao-Yu (林曉瑜, Taiwan). Together they share an interest in examining the changing relationship between art and society, the role of art in creating dialogue, alternative platforms of communication and understanding as well as imaginations of the future. The exhibition features 36 artists whose works resonate with the central themes in varying ways. The Japanese artist group Chim↑Pom has built an asphalt road on the museum’s outdoor plaza that functions as a shortcut from the public street to the museum building. This new road literally creates a connection between the institution and the public, opening a general question of the role of the museum and art in society. Jordan and Palestinian artists Shuruq Harb, Samah Hijawi and Toleen Touq’s The River Has Two Banks is an ongoing project that examines the geopolitical issues between their two respective countries, as well as ways in which local groups have found ways to overcome political, social, and economical boundaries to form alliances with one another. Liu Ho-jang’s (劉和讓) Infantry Company addresses the continuing impact of arms trade and other economic systems that have evolved out of the Cold War era.

■ National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (國立台灣美術館), 2, Wuquan W Rd Sec 1, Taichung City (台中市五權西路一段2號), tel: (04) 2373-3552. Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 6pm.

■ Through Feb. 25

A Perpetual State of Flux: 20 Years of TNNUA (南藝陶瓷20年) celebrates the 20th anniversary of the ceramics studio at the Tainan National University of the Arts (台南藝術大學). Established in 1997, the studio has been led by Professor Chang Ching-yuan (張清淵) since its inception. The exhibition gathers 38 alumni of the graduate studies program, many of which have either continued their creative work or have found other art-related pursuits. At Gallery Life Seeding, the group presents the first leg of their two-pronged exhibition, which features 260 pieces of applied ceramic art such as tea ware, vases, bowls and cups. These objects are all handmade, with many created especially for this exhibition. Unlike typical art shows that prohibit close contact with the artworks on view, this exhibition allows viewers to handle the crafted objects and directly sense their physicality. Because many of the objects on view are created by alumni who often work in the realm of fine art, their interpretation of applied art forms are particularly distinct in style. The gallery is housed in a 100-year-old building from the late Qing Dynasty that organizes art exhibitions and events with a special interest in craft-related forms of art such as ceramics, glass, metal, dyeing and carpentry.

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