Date｜展期：2023. 12. 9 - 2024. 1. 14
Art embodies a transcendental force that traverses linguistic, cultural, and national boundaries, establishing a direct conduit to the language of the heart. Each artist, akin to a soloist on a grand stage, orchestrates a unique melody, skillfully navigating through the canvas to break free from established frameworks. As we step into the contemporary gallery, we embark on a collective journey into the artistic universes curated by Joseph Wong, Shih Li-Jen, Sohn Paa, Somsak Chaituch, and Jiang Miao – five distinguished artists hailing from diverse cultural landscapes. Through their distinct mediums, they delve profoundly into the rich territories of culture, emotions, and creativity, weaving together a tapestry of art that is both profound and enchanting. Join us in this visual feast, a symphony of inspiration and contemplation.
Exploring Joseph Wong 's Comic NarrativeProfessor Joseph Wong, renowned for his iconic Chinese comic "Old Master Q," extends this masterpiece into various artistic realms. His latest creations liberate Old Master Q from the constraints of four and six-panel frames, allowing him to emerge as the central figure on the canvas. This transformation offers a glimpse into diverse visual dimensions, symbolizing Old Master Q through vibrant colors and innovative forms, creating an endlessly captivating effect. Merging Wong's architectural background with a passion for music, these works showcase a unique artistic style, immersing the audience in collective joy and memories.
Shih Li-Jen's Compassionate Rhino SculpturesShih Li-Jen, renowned for his distinctive rhinoceros-themed artworks, is celebrated as the "Mr. Rhino". His sculptures not only pay homage to ancient civilizations but also dynamically interpret the Confucian philosophy of "benevolence." Emphasizing the significance of mutual understanding and integration among individuals, his creations evoke profound reflections on life, hope, and benevolence. As the inaugural artist spanning the Venice Art and Architecture Biennale, his large-scale sculptures have captivated audiences across Eurasia, with rhinoceros sculptures prominently featured in various public art landscapes in Taiwan and China. In 2023, his latest piece, the "Caricature Rhinos" series, presents a lively and colorful narrative, extending heartfelt wishes through attitudes symbolizing different life stages, including "Stepping Forward," "Pop Dance," "Skyrocket," and "Deep-Pocketed." Shih Li-Jen's artworks radiate positive energy, symbolizing diverse vibrant life attitudes while providing a profound exploration of themes such as life, hope, and benevolence.
Sohn Paa's Unique Artistic Language with Acupuncture NeedlesSohn Paa utilizes the unique medium of traditional Chinese medical tools – acupuncture needles – to create distinctive artworks. While these needles may bring subtle pain, they open up a broad vision of healing and recovery for the recipients. Sohn Paa's works also embody the artist's courage and spirit in facing unknown emotions. By applying millions of needles to his paintings, each needle becomes a dynamic note, allowing him to create a "painting" unrestricted by color, brushstrokes, or space. Sohn Paa's works transcend the framework of art, delving into cultural roots and the essence of art. This exploration has propelled him onto the international stage, participating in the 2017 Venice Biennale. His artworks provoke deep reflections on pain, recovery, and humanity, intertwining medicine and art.
Abstract Expressionism of Somsak ChaituchThai-Dutch artist Somsak Chaituch, inspired by his upbringing in Thailand and the natural landscapes of the Netherlands, skillfully transforms these experiences into the beauty of art on canvas. Renowned for his outstanding abstract expressionist paintings, he has received numerous international awards and exhibited his works worldwide in art fairs, museums, and galleries. Somsak Chaituch's brush is full of vitality, with each stroke representing an eruption of emotion. His artworks not only lead the audience to contemplate the subtle and moving relationship between nature and humanity but also convey emotions and perspectives through the unique expression of abstract art. His paintings immerse viewers in the beauty of nature and rich human emotions.
Spiral of Energy - The Sublime Cosmos in Jiang Miao's ArtistryJiang Miao combines art, metaphysics, and the unknown as elements in her creations, showcasing the uniqueness of her works. Using the technique of printmaking, she adds texture and imagery to acrylic abstract paintings, presenting a rich and vibrant color purity. These marks bring depth and kinetic energy to the flat structure, forming layered abstract paintings. The colors in her artwork release Jiang Miao's accumulated energy, displaying the "rotation" of minuscule existence in the macrocosm. Her works invite viewers to perceive the world from a new perspective, contemplating the existence of life and the connection between energy.
The Artistic Quintet ConvergenceThis quintet of artistic convergence portrays each artist as a unique note in a symphony, collectively weaving a tapestry of rich and profound visual experiences. Viewers will feel the passion of culture, the resonance of emotions, and the burst of creativity in this artistic wave, prompting deep reflections on the marvelous surprises art carries.
Modern Art Gallery cordially invites you to explore the diverse sparks ignited by the collision of cultures and mediums from December 9, 2023, to January 14, 2024. In this quintet tour, let us collectively explore, feel, and reflect on the marvelous journey of art.