The Weatherhead East Asian Institute proudly announces the opening of a contemporary art exhibit, Outside In: New Realms for Taiwan Art, featuring ten artists from Taiwan.

Outside In takes a broad look at what it means to be a Taiwan artist in the art world today. Often driven to urban centers of the United States in order to find recognition for their work, Taiwan artists express their contemporary interests and concerns in a variety of traditional and cutting-edge media. The artists chosen for this particular exhibit deal with a wide range of subject matter including ethnicity, gender, mass consumption, and the environment. Their work, simultaneously innovative and mindful of a collective past, will serve to initiate discussions on Taiwan art in an international setting

Presented in conjunction with the Columbia Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Columbia student groups: Asian Pacific Affairs Council, Greater China Initiative, Taiwan Focus, and the Weatherhead Undergraduate Council.


TAIPEI CULTURAL CENTER
1 E. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017
(between 5th Avenue and Madison)
February 19–March 12, 2008
Monday–Friday, 9 am–7 pm;
Saturday, 9 am–11 am


Artists:
Long Bin CHEN
Wei Jane CHIR
HUANG Shih Chieh
Su-Chen HUNG
Walis LABAI (Diing-wuu WU)

Marc LIN
LIN Shih Pao
Fang Yu LIN
Hung-Chih PENG
Chin Chih YANG



Curator
:
Luchia Meihua LEE

 

About the artists


Long-Bin Chen

Long-Bin Chen is known for his skillful transformation of out-of-date books, phone books, newspapers, magazines, and computer paper into art that—when viewed from a distance—appears to be made of wood or marble.  Chen’s work is not only a commentary on human consumption and waste, it also mourns the pre-digital era of bound books.  His art approaches the book object as an aesthetic object and attempts to combine ideas and concepts from the East with those from the West. 

Long-Bin Chen was born in Taiwan.  He received a BFA from Tung-Hai University in Taiwan and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York.  He has exhibited widely in the United States, Germany, Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong.  His most recent group exhibitions include The Invisible Thread: Buddhist Spirit in Contemporary Art at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, New York; The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama organized by the Dalai Lama Foundation, a traveling exhibition; and Kidspace at MASS MoCA.  He is represented by Frederieke Taylor Gallery in New York, where he had his most recent solo exhibition in 2006.

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Wei Jane Chir

Wei Jane Chir has spent almost twenty years living and making art in Europe and America, as well as participating in exhibitions around the world, including in Russia, Germany, Taiwan, and the United States. Her practice encompasses various media and formats including painting, installation, film, and public art.  Focusing on inspirations such as culture and social environments, her work is a search for harmony and peace in a world of conflict.

Wei Jane Chir was born in Taiwan.  She studied painting and printmaking at San Francisco State University, and then went on to earn a BFA and an MFA from the University of Art in Berlin, Germany. With her unique techniques and strongly individualistic style, Wei Jane Chir's work has won numerous awards, including the Women's Studio Workshop Artist Fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Having recently expanded into filmmaking, her first documentary film, The Legend of Lily Yeh, won the Bronze Plaque and The Chris Award at the 51st Columbus International Film & Video Festival, held in Columbus, Ohio.

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Huang Shih Chieh

Huang Shih Chieh merges artificial materials and electronics to create organic living environments.  His electronic components include motion sensors, remote control, Basic Stamp 2 computer chips, and rewired music tuners to establish interaction between the viewer and the space.  The viewer’s movement and their participation with remote controls can alter their surroundings with changes such as blowing wind, inflating plastic tubes and the flow of plastic glowing liquid.

Huang Shih Chieh was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and lives and works in New York. He was a participant in the 52nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennial, and has exhibited worldwide including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei; the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai; the Des Moines Art Center; Tokyo National University of Fine Arts; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid and Burgos, Spain; and the New Museum and the Queens Museum of Art in New York.  He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, the Rockefeller Foundation New Media Arts Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Sculpture Award, Vida 9: The Art and Artificial Life International Competition, ArtSpace, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.  He holds a BFA from the University of California San Diego and an MFA from School of Visual Arts New York.

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Su-Chen Hung

Su-Chen Hung uses a variety of media in both her installations and performances to express this experience of cultural duality between the United States and Taiwan.  Although her work can vary from being intensely personal to a broader exploration of cultural and social ideas, the work always begins with a conceptual and visual core.  Both her studio work and her large-scale public art projects have a meditative aura, creating spaces of contemplation and repose.  Her installations encourage her audience to participate in the work rather than passively view it. 

Su-Chen Hung was born in Kaoshiung, Taiwan and now lives in San Francisco, California. After studying Chinese Literature at Tunghai University in Taiwan, Su-Chen Hung went on to earn a second Bachelor degree in Sociology.  She has also earned a BFA in Photography and an MFA in Filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. Hung has exhibited her work in many parts of the world, including the United States, Europe, and Asia. She has received many fellowships and awards including the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in New Genre, the National Interdisciplinary Fellowship/Residency from the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, the Valley Forward Association’s Excellent Art in Public Places “Crescordia” Award in Phoenix, an Artist Fellowship in New Genre by the California Arts Council, and a fellowship/residency from the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California. In 2008, Hung has two solo museum shows scheduled in Taiwan.

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Walis Labai (Diing-wuu Wu)

Walis Labai is a member of Taiwan's Sadik indigenous tribe.  While describing his video work, The Invisible Project–A Shadow Tribal People’s Life Living, he states: “Within the video art work I am trying to remove the physical shape of indigenous people from the space in which they live, leaving only the shadows in the space. This absence shows an uncomfortable and uneven feeling of existence within the culture. If there are no people left who are able to determine their own cultural heritage and material culture, it will be a disaster to all of human life.”

Walis Labai was born in Nantou, Taiwan where he lives and works.  He received his BFA in Physics from the Chinese Cultural University in Taiwan and an MFA in Computer Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Design.  Walis currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Commercial Design at Chung Yan University and is Associate Professor at the National Don Hua University.  His photography, music, film, and other mixed media have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in mainland China, Taiwan, and Korea.

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Fang-Yu Lin

Fang-Yu Lin is a New York-based new media artist and designer whose artwork reflects the interplay of human experience, culture and technology.  His work From the Great Beyond poses this question: “Is the Internet becoming an entity?”  Inspired by Alan Turing’s machine intelligence test proposed in his 1950 paper Computing Machinery and Intelligence (also known as the Turing Test), Lin’s project attempts to channel this hypothetical entity via a robotic typewriter that allows the audience to engage in conversations—à la a Ouija Board—with the Internet.  Through the dialogs, one may discovery the characteristics of this “being.”

Born in Taiwan, Fang-Yu Lin holds a BA from the National Chengchi University, an MS in Information from the University of Michigan, and an MFA in Design & Technology from the Parsons School of Design.  His works have been featured in many venues and festivals, including Whitney Artport, Tate Online, Les Rencontres Internationales, Sonar Festival, FILE São Paulo, Seoul New Media Festival, and Bauhaus Dessau.  The interactive installation From the Great Beyond also received an Honorary Mention in Prix Ars Electronica.  In addition, his works have been published in Net Dot Art, Contemporary Chinese Art Yearbook, and Border Patrol: Artists Working at the Frontiers of Science and Technology.

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Marc Lin

Marc Lin was first inspired by digital art when he saw Golan Levin's Audiovisual Environment Suite. He was impressed by the visual and sound effects as well as the interactive relationship between the audience and the art. Beyond a simplistic relationship limited to subject and object, Marc Lin has furthered his discussion on interaction by exploring the realm of social observation and criticism, in line with event-based Fluxus art and with artists such as Nam June Paik. Lin's practice involves the continued discovery of evolving "computer-based cultural elements," which perpetually shape and define the digital aesthetic of new media, and are continuously sculpted by a new lifestyle emerging from the era of digital networking. 

Marc Lin was born in Taiwan and currently resides and works in New York. He received his BA in industrial design from the National Chung Kung University in Taiwan and a MA from Parsons School of Design in Design and Technology, where he studied with artist and composer Golan Levin. Marc Lin's professional background is in product design, in particular bicycle and motorcycle design. Since 2000 he has been working in product design, graphics, and installation, as well as interactive and net-based technology development. Lin's work has been exhibited at the Arnold & Sheila Aronson Gallery and the DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival in New York City, the Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition and Symposium, and CO6 Taiwan Avant-Garde Documenta III.

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Lin Shih Pao

Lin Shih Pao's work reflects the most profound concepts of Asian philosophy, namely, a deep sympathy for human beings and an appreciation of the value of the union of humans and nature.  His paintings often juxtapose traditional Asian brush ink landscapes with contemporary mixed media constructions, resulting in “post-surreal” landscapes.  His installation work is concerned with the urgency of human communication and attempts to provoke his audience to lend a democratic character to his work. 

Lin Shih Pao was born in Taiwan and currently lives and works in New York and Japan. He studied in Japan and then attended graduate school at New York University.  He is widely known as the "Penny Artist" after his Penny for Peace (1997) project, in which he collected one million pennies to form a gigantic, three-ton sculpture, which is now permanently displayed at Hiroshima University.  He has participated in group exhibitions at the 2005 Expo in Japan as well as the Museum of Modern Art in Saitama, Japan. His most recent solo show was held at the Fukuoka City Art Museum.

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Hung-Chih Peng

Hung-Chih Peng’s artistic practice—which includes sculpture, photography, drawing, and video—is an exploration of the art and cultural theory of the East and West. A common theme is the artist’s use of dog images to which he attaches multiple meanings. Since recognizing their potential in 1997, the artist’s work has focused almost solely on dogs as surrogates and symbols. His witty, irreverent work positions the viewer to experience life from a dog’s eye view, bringing the absurdity of modern life, human strengths, and foibles into sharp relief.
 

Hung-Chih Peng was born in Taiwan and works and resides in New York and Taipei. He received his BFA at the National Taiwan Normal University and his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and artist residencies for his video and photographic work, including the 5th Taishin Art Award from the Taishin Bank Foundation of Arts and Culture; Exhibition Grants from the National Arts and Cultural Foundation, Taiwan; and the Swing Space Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He was recently an artist-residence at the Omi International Artist Residency in New York.  Peng’s work has also been in exhibitions including the 10th International Istanbul Biennial, the OK Center for Contemporary Art in Austria, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai.

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Chin Chih Yang

Chin Chih Yang’s work addresses society’s efforts to protect itself both physically and psychologically against various catastrophes. These include the effects of totalitarianism, surveillance, quarantine, isolation, and the environmental issues surrounding pollution.  His 123PolutionSolution project involves 35,000 aluminum cans collected by students and parents from the Tzu Chi Academic School in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, done as a reminder for people “to come up with a plan to save ourselves and our planet”.

Chin Chih Yang received his BFA from the Parsons School of Design and his MS from Pratt Institute in New York.  Chin Chih Yang was born in Taipei and lives in New York.  He was a 2005 recipient of a Fiscal Sponsorship by the New York Foundation for the Arts and in 1999, received a Gold Medal for Creative Achievement in Photography by Creativity Annual.  His art has been exhibited by the Multimedia Interactive Arts Program of the Association for Computing Machinery in Singapore, and the Tribes Gallery located in New York City.

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About the Curator



Luchia Meihua Lee

Luchia Meihua Lee is an independent curator who has successfully curated many exhibitions and events throughout North America. Specializing in contemporary art from Taiwan, Luchia was formerly Director and Chief Curator of the Exhibition Department of the National Taiwan Museum of Art, Cultural Specialist at the Council for Cultural Affairs in Taiwan, and Curator at the Chinese Information and Cultural Center, Taipei Gallery in New York City.

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Please join us for a Panel Discussion

Date: February 21, 2008
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Taipei Cultural Center

Moderated by:
Robert E. Harrist, Professor of Chinese Art History, Columbia University

Featuring:
Long-Bin Chen, Artisit
Melissa Chiu, Asia Society Curator for Contemporary Asian and Asia American Art
Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director of the Queens Museum
Fu-Chia-Wen Lien, Director of the Dishman Museum
An-yi Pan, Associate Professor of Art History at Cornell University
Hung-Chih Peng, Artist

 

Registration is Required,
please RSVP by Thursday February 14, 2008 to
outsidein_weai@hotmail.com
with your full contact information

 

Please also join us for the Exhibition Opening Reception

Date: February 21, 2008
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Taipei Cultural Center