Art: The void made apparent

By Noah Buchan  /  Staff reporter

Sun, Jan 06, 2013 - Page 12

For Wang Ya-hui (王雅慧), the quotidian is always a good place to start. Her photography, video and installation art, currently on view at Tina Keng’s Neihu gallery in an exhibition titled Near and Far (事物), recaptures the lacuna of our lived space that, due to its ubiquity, has become invisible.

In Leaf Holes, nos. 1-6 (葉洞, nos. 1-6), a series of six photographs (top and bottom), Wang combines the natural with the artificial, the large-scale and the small-scale, so as to illustrate that our viewpoint, literally and figuratively, largely determines our perception. Each photograph presents a leaf — clasped between the artist’s thumb and index finger — in the foreground, from which a segment has been removed so as to perceive individual buildings in the background. The leafy cutouts are then fashioned into an installation, photographed and titled: The Void (空, center photo).

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