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Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung  /  Contributing reporter

■ Mumu Gallery (木木藝術), 50, Minde Rd, Tainan City (台南市民德路50號), tel: (06) 252-6121. Open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 6pm

■ June 16

Jiang Dahai (江大海) is a Chinese artist based in France who has enjoyed a 30-year career developing a distinct style influenced by Chinese ink painting and Western modernism and abstraction. Jiang is known for pointillist paintings of clouds, in which he explores the spirituality of imagery. “For viewers familiar with the traditions of Chinese shanshui (山水, “mountain water”) painting, [Jiang’s] atmospheric scenes have an allure similar to that of the Hunan shanshui [style that emerged between] the Five Dynasties period to the Southern and Northern Song era,” writes Tina Keng Gallery in a press release. The gallery is currently hosting Jiang’s solo exhibition Beyond the Clouds, which features a series of abstract atmospheric paintings. The show includes Taipei’s Clouds, a new painting series inspired by the beautiful changes that occur in the city sky. Taipei Sky IV depicts a misty cloud tinted by the color of the sunset, while Twilight is an abstracted color field that suggests a skyline lit by the warm light of a rising sun. By combining the spiritual pursuit of both Chinese landscape painting and Western abstraction, Jiang seeks to “enable viewers to feel as though they have become enveloped within and are able to grasp the entire universe,” the artist says in an interview.

■ Tina Keng Gallery (耿畫廊), 15, Ln 548, Ruiguang Rd, Taipei City (台北市瑞光路548巷15號), tel: (02) 2659-0798. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 7pm

■ Until June 10

TKG+ is opening a solo exhibition today by Taiwanese artist Chou Yu-cheng (周育正). The artist made international headlines in March this year for his larger than life installation of tableware at the Hong Kong Art Basel. Chou’s show at TKG+ is a continuation of his ongoing project about cleanliness. Reflecting upon how the process of modernization shapes human perception and values, Chou explores the theme of hygiene as a “rather abstract yet feasible standard for modernization,” according to the gallery’s press release. The profusely long exhibition title, Chou Yu-cheng: Refresh, Sacrific, New Hygiene, Infection, Clean, Robot, Air, Housekeeping,, Cigarette, Dyson, Modern People. III, plays on the culture of hashtags. The exaggerated stream of associated keywords simultaneously confuses and clarifies what the exhibition is about. Highlights in the show include Cloud, Mist, and Field for Sun Dried Noodles, an installation that presents an array of white threads suspended on wooden racks. Refresh, Sacrifice, New Hygiene is white fiberglass plate with minimal decoration. In addition to the works, Chou also attempts to optimize the exhibition space by multiple machine-supported mechanisms of housekeeping, including the use of Dyson purifiers, vacuums, and computer applications that arranges housekeeping services.

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