ART: Pink and empowered

By Noah Buchan  /  Staff reporter

Sun, Feb 03, 2013 - Page 12

Hsu Wei-hui’s (徐薇蕙) sculptures and installations invite the viewer to question, to challenge and to re-examine gender roles and how ideals of beauty operate to create standards of female perfection. In The Counteroffensives (粉紅逆襲), a must-see exhibition currently on view at Liang Gallery (尊彩藝術中心) until Feb. 28, Hsu ponders the contradictions and conflicts between notions of imagined beauty and the impossibility of living up to an unrealistic expectation that, for many, is all too real. Drawing on her considerable artistic talent, Hsu’s feminine sculptures — dresses, flower petals and kitchen utensils — all made from facial masks, symbolize the human body and the changes it undergoes over time. Guerilla Girls, several installations some of which contains thousands of plastic toy soldiers dressed in patterned dresses and painted hot pink, inverts our stereotypical assumptions about the toys boys play with, and serves as an entertaining and thought-provoking statement about female empowerment.

■ Liang Gallery (尊彩藝術中心), 366 Ruiguang Rd, Taipei City (台北市瑞光路366號), tel: (02) 2797-1100. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm

■ Until Feb. 28