Fri, Jun 22, 2018 - Page 14 News List

Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung  /  Contributing Reporter

■ d/art Taipei, 2F, 14 Wuchang St Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市武昌街二段14號2F), tel: (02) 2383-0060. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 1pm to 10pm

■ Until July 15

Huang Po-hsun (黃柏勳) is a Taiwanese artist whose paintings are characterized by decorative forms, imaginative narratives and a pictorial flatness. Art writer Chen Kuang-yi (陳貺怡) ascribes influences of Japanese otaku culture to his distinct aesthetics, although Huang has not explicitly spoken of such references. According to Chen, Huang began his artistic career in a time when Taiwanese popular culture was influenced by comics, anime, toys, video games and movies. “The pink, sweet, fluorescent colors and the special shapes in his paintings are like the [special qualities] presented in anime, comic [and video] games,” writes Chen in a preface to Huang’s solo exhibition, Silent Dateline, presented at Gaiart. The show features a selection of new works on canvas that reveal Huang’s endeavors for a heightened sense of decoration. His new paintings draw elements from the 18th century Japanese painting and print style Ukiyo-e, patterns from Japanese craft paper, as well as organic form from natural life. Silent Dateline depicts an abstract landscape of geometrical shapes against a background of clouds and a dark, ultramarine sea. Shining Days, meanwhile, features two toy-like stores overcast by a cluster of pink diamond shapes.

■ Gaiart ?藝術), 9-4, Pucheng St, Taipei City (台北市浦城街9之4號), tel: (02) 2363-2000. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 1:30pm to 7pm.

■ Until July 22

The National Palace Museum presents The Legacy of Chen Uen-Art Life and Philosophy, a retrospective of the late Taiwanese cartoonist Chen Uen (鄭問) who passed away last year. Chen began creating cartoons in the late 70s and rose to gradual fame in the mid 80s. He became the first internationally known Taiwanese cartoonist who received numerous international awards and critical praise, especially in Hong Kong and Japan. In his lifetime, Chen taught many cartoonists and game artists who have become active members of the animation industry. Chen’s distinct style draws upon both Chinese and Western drawing techniques. Incorporating skills from Chinese ink painting with Western acrylic painting, Chen produced unusually detailed and dramatic compositions, seeking to generate a new aesthetic for comics. His narratives are often inspired by historical events, legends and fictional tales. The museum retrospective features a rich selection of Chen’s original drawings and illustrations, character sketches, storyboards, handcrafted models, sculptures and documentaries about Chen’s craft. Chen Uen’s Three Kingdom is a series of over 100 original sketches for the Japanese video game company GameArts.

This story has been viewed 4014 times.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top