Nunu Fine Art (路由藝術) presents Fare Well (道別之後), a solo exhibition by English artist Maya Hewitt. Hewitt is a prolific painter who creates figurative and landscape paintings influenced by her Filipino heritage as well as her interests in Japanese culture. Her work often embodies narratives of suspense, capturing strange events in moments of anticipation as they linger between the real and the fictional, the human and the artificial and the natural and the supernatural, writes the gallery. The show features a selection of recent paintings that continue Hewitt’s ongoing reflections on the existence of humans and the universe. Hewitt’s paintings often refer to real-life experiences, and in this show many of the works reference rituals related to life and death. New Borns depicts two women sitting across from each other playing with puppets and a collection of anatomical dolls. Stay with Me shows a scene of mourning next to a reclining body. These memories touch upon emotional experiences that speak to the relationship between the material and spiritual world.
■ Nunu Fine Art (路由藝術), 5, Ln 67, Jinshan S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市金山南路一段67巷5號), tel: (02) 3322-6207. Open Wednesdays to Sundays from noon to 7pm
■ Until May 5
Photo Courtesy of Nunu Fine Art
Desire Obtain Cherish (D.O.C.), otherwise known as Jonathon Paul, is an American who began his career as a street artist in Los Angeles. He now works in street, pop and appropriation art to create multimedia projects that are satirically provocative. D.O.C’s third solo exhibition at Blurerider Art (藍騎士藝術空間), Off-Gassing From the Cloud (雲端世界如彩虹般迷幻), presents a new series of paintings and installations that examine our cloud technology-dependent lifestyle. The artist examines the psychological processes of consumerism and the nature of excessive Internet-based data streams.
■ Bluerider Art (藍騎士藝術空間), 9F, 25-1, Renai Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市仁愛路四段25-1號9樓), tel: (02) 2752-2238. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9am to 6pm.
■ Until April 30
Photo Courtesy of Yukikazu Ito
As part of an exhibition series showcasing mid-career architects working around the world, Jut Art Museum (忠泰美術館) presents Human Nature (人間自然), a solo exhibition by award-winning Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata. Hirata worked in the prestigious architectural firm Toyo Ito & Associates before launching his own firm in 2005. The show presents 12 recent projects that demonstrate his unique vision. The idea of nature is openly discussed in the curatorial statement, which proposes many kinds of nature — including a “worldly” nature, a “synthetic” nature and a “genuine” nature. For Hirata, architecture is about systems of ecologies in which things are interrelated. Within each ecology, there is a continual process of change and interaction between natural and human-made elements. While designing, Hirata consciously takes on a macroscopic view of the world and considers humans just another species inhabiting the earth, thus transcending human subjectivity. The show invites visitors to consider the future of the planet in relation to human civilization.
■ Jut Art Museum (忠泰美術館), 178, Civic Blvd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市市民大道三段178號), tel: (02) 8772 6178. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm
■ Until June 23
Photo Courtesy of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Post-Digital Anthropocene (後數位人類紀) is a collaboration between the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (國立台灣美術館) and the Madrid-based digital art festival MADATAC, and features 12 artists from Spain and Taiwan. The anthropocene is a geological term used to describe the current epoch of accelerating human impact on the natural environment. The show presents works that respond to today’s global crisis through various mediums, such as objects, images, hypertext and automated installations. According to curators Iury Lech and Chiu Chi-yung (邱誌勇), the exhibition showcases two significant trends of contemporary art: the rapidly evolving digital arts that progress with the advancement of technology and the kind of non-digital arts that reflect upon today’s issues of human survival. As a whole, artists today are steering away from representations and symbols and focusing more on process-oriented practices of generation, write the curators. The show offers an impression of the contemporary era through bodily and sensory experiences.
■ 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.
■ Until June 16
Photo Courtesy of Chimei Museum
In celebration of its 30th Anniversary, Chimei Museum (奇美博物館) has invited art historian Hsiao Chong-ray (蕭瓊瑞) to curate an ambitious retrospective of Taiwanese art. Hyperrealism Art in Taiwan (奇麗之美 — 臺灣精微寫實藝術大展) focuses on local developments of hyperrealism, as well as other trends of realism, in the 20th century. The genre stems from Western photorealistic and surrealist techniques and includes paintings and sculptures that resemble high-resolution photographs. Hyperrealist art is known for its precision and fine details that push the boundaries of representation. The show includes a range of works that cover four thematic points, which are the figure, still life, landscape and dreamscape. Show highlights include Cho Yeou-jui’s (卓有瑞) Banana Series #7 (香蕉系列之七), which depicts a clutter of ripe bananas that have been violently peeled open. The work is part of a four-year painting series that examines the fragility of life through the metaphor of fruit. Chuang Suo’s (莊索) Refugees (難民) is a panorama of ordinary people, young and old, carrying their belongings and fleeing great turmoil. Szeto Keung’s (司徒強) Left + Right (左+右) is an acrylic-on-canvas work that depicts unassuming compositions of daily objects, as if made by accident. For Szeto, the traces we leave behind make up the meaning of life.
■ Chimei Museum (奇美博物館), 66, Wenhua Rd Sec 2, Tainan City (台南市文華路二段66號), tel: (06) 266-0800. Open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 9:30am to 5:30pm
■ Tomorrow until June 11
The chills were what first tipped me off that something was wrong. It was an early Thursday evening in late February and I was sitting in my office. I normally hit an energy low this time of the day but this was different, as I suddenly felt chilled, absolutely drained of energy, the lightest of achiness in my muscles and joints and a slight pain behind my eyeballs. I went home, took a long hot shower and went to bed early. After a full day of rest, I felt normal enough on Saturday to jump on my bike and enjoy
1. If you go to the hospital for a check-up, plan for the worst-case scenario — having to stay there without returning home. Have a hospital “grab bag” to either take with you or have someone deliver. Recommended items include: T-shirts, shorts and sleeping clothes, socks and underwear, sweater/fleece, personal toiletries and medications, computer (and headphones) and phone plus charging cables, towel, slippers, nail clippers and reading material. Also, have a water bottle/container that nurses can fill up with drinking water. Remember that Taiwanese hospitals generally only provide the most basic of daily necessities. 2. If you test positive, anticipate
When a man surnamed Chen discovered that his wife, surnamed Chang, was having an affair with a foreign national surnamed James, he hired private investigators to catch them having sex. Chen and three private investigators staked out James’ apartment and, when they heard moaning sounds coming from Chang, burst in and filmed the couple in flagrante delicto. A judge later found the pair guilty of adultery and sentenced them to four months in prison, and ordered the foreign national to be deported. Like anywhere, adultery is a daily occurrence in Taiwan, and rarely a day passes when an adulterous couple
Over a million people flooded Kenting National Park over two weeks in 1986 to see Halley’s Comet, massively boosting the area’s tourism industry March 30 to April 5 About 30,000 disappointed visitors lingered on the streets of Kenting National Park on the evening of March 28, 1986. Established just two years earlier, Taiwan’s first national park had never seen so many visitors — all hotels were full, hundreds of tents cramped the campgrounds and the latecomers slept in their cars. Most had traveled here just to catch a glimpse of Halley’s Comet, which only passes by the Earth every 76 years or so. That year, the comet was more visible the further to the south, and Kenting’s location at Taiwan’s southernmost tip made