New Site—East Asian Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition (新域─東亞當代陶藝交流展) examines the development of modern and contemporary Asian ceramics in a group exhibit that encompasses ceramicists from Taiwan, China, South Korea and Japan. The exhibition will present a unique fusion of tradition and modern styles in East Asian pottery that is meant to develop, stimulate and expand the vision and aesthetic thinking of a new generation of Asian ceramic artists.
■ Yingge Ceramics Museum (鶯歌陶瓷博物館), 200 Wenhua Rd, Yingge Dist, New Taipei City (新北市鶯歌區文化路200號), tel: (02) 8677-2727. Open daily from 9:30am to 5pm. Closes at 6pm on Saturdays and Sunday. Admission: Free
■ Until Feb. 24
Studio de Fantasia (凡笛藝術中心) is currently showing a series of paintings by Yang Yong-fu (楊永福). Yang’s realist paintings depict European pastoral country scenes and Taiwan’s villages and ports.
■ Studio de Fantasia (凡笛藝術中心),2F, 2-1, Lane 360, Neihu Rd, Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市內湖路一段360巷2-1號2樓), tel: (02) 2627-5085. Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 11am to 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm
■ Until Feb. 3
Huang Zan-lun’s (黃贊倫) solo show Breeding (衍系), was inspired by the history of goldfish breeding in China. According to Jia Art Gallery (家畫廊), goldfish are prized because their metallic-colored scales symbolize good luck and fortune. Huang’s emphasis in these paintings is on the genetic changes of these fish (they are a domesticated member of the carp family), which serves as a statement for the artificial changes humans impose on animals “to satisfy our greed and selfish desires.”
■ Jia Art Gallery (家畫廊), 1F-1, 30, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市中山北路三段30號1樓之1), tel: (02) 2591-4302. Open daily from 10am to 6pm
■ Until Feb. 17
Lee Shih-yi (李詩儀) has never been afraid of shattering society’s taboos. Her participation in the 2002 exhibition The Realm of Illusion / The New Wave of Taiwan Photography (幻影天堂), which featured her collection of vibrant illustrations based on black-and-white photographs of the artist in several explicit positions, generated as much controversy as it did discussion. Lee has also worked as a tattoo artist, claiming that it is a fine art form, the only difference is in the medium used. For her current exhibition, Yi-Zhai (一宰), Lee continues to push the bounds of propriety with a series of paintings depicting women in erotic poses that are a mixture of dreamlike colors, and awkward and surreal relationships between the figures and landscape. Each work suggests the artist’s lust and sexual desire. Lee says her new works reflect her everyday life, emotions and scenes from her dreams.
■ VT Art Salon (非常廟藝文空間), B1, 47 Yitong St, Taipei City (台北市伊通街47號B1). Open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 2pm to 11pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 2pm to 1am. Tel: (02) 2516-1060
■ Until Jan. 25
Portrait of an Island (海島風情畫) is a new series of paintings by Kuo Hung-kun (郭弘坤). Kuo’s silkscreen paintings in earthy and pastel tones depict various landscape scenes that celebrate Taiwan’s rich natural environment.
■ Main Trend Gallery (大趨勢畫廊), 209-1, Chengde Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市承德路三段209-1號), tel: (02) 2587-3412. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 7pm
■ Until Jan. 12