Jackson, Miss. — Jackson State University proudly presents Horizon Realm: Contemporary Art from Taiwan, an exhibition on display at the Dollye M.E. Robinson Gallery Sept. 5 – Nov. 6. The exhibit’s opening reception is scheduled for Sept. 5 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A preview for media will be held Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Three of the exhibit’s artists and one of the curators will be available for interviews during the preview.
The exhibit kicks off the JSU College of Liberal Arts’ inaugural visual and performing arts series for 2013-2014, Get Ready for Artistic Intensity.
Funded by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, R.O.C., the exhibition is organized by the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts and JSU. The exhibition, curated by Chung-Fan Chang and Dar-Kuen Wu, will feature contemporary artwork from the Taiwanese artists Chun-Hao Chen, Ava Pao-Shia Hsueh, Teh-I Chu, Ping-Yu Pan, Jun-Jieh Wang, Dar-Kuen Wu, Mao-Lin Yang, Jui-Chung Yao, Te-Yu Wang and Ching-Yao Chen.
Horizon Realm encompasses painting, sculpture, installation, video, and photography, which as a whole investigates space, tactile material, and mixed media. Through each artwork, contemporary issues facing Taiwanese society are presented to create both a conversation between the United States and Taiwan, as well as a more personal interaction between the artwork and the viewers.
“The curatorial and artistic visions shape a ‘fusion of horizon,’ that both highlights cultural differences and promotes mutual understanding,” said Chang, an assistant professor of art at JSU.
Horizon Realm: Contemporary Art from Taiwan represents a cross section of contemporary art produced in Taiwan in the post Martial Law era of the late 1980s when enforcement was relaxed and freedom was established.
- Teh I Chu’s abstract paintings are the result of his long-term investigation of color and space and express his unique viewpoint of visual composition.
- Ava Pao-Shia Hsueh’s paintings focus on the development of Postmodernist abstract art and deliver the hybrid reality of both organic codes and geometric codes.
- Te-Yu Wang’s large inflatable sculptural installation “No. 73” provides a physical field allowing the viewer to both see the volume of the exterior and enter the heterotopia – the space of otherness.
- The fiber-based sculpture of Ping-Yu Pan applies various materials to subvert the perception of its reference whereas, Jun-Jieh Wang first eroticizes and genders common objects and then presents these transmutations in a documentary fashion.
- Ching-Yao Chen and Jui-Chung Yao employ critical observation and an individual approach of photography and video to exorcise political and cultural misunderstanding.
- The mosquito nail series of Chun-Hao Chen’s work not only unfolds his unique technique in remaking the Chinese landscape painting and conversing with old masters, but he also bestows the seemingly identical paintings with new characters.
- The Three Sages in the Ocean of Misery by Mao-Lin Yang transforms the images of Buddhist deities with rather modern visual language, creating a conversation between East and West, as well as between the artist, viewer and the “Sages.”
- Mi-Lou series of Dar-Kuen Wu transforms street performers and artists into landmarks of various cities, and presents the possibilities of multiple-narrative structure image.
Schedule of events:
Exhibition Dates: Sept. 5 – Nov. 6
Gallery Talk: Sept. 5, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Opening Reception: Sept. 5, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday –Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday by appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dollye M.E Robinson Gallery, Jackson State University, Dollye M.E Robinson Liberal Arts Building, Room 108, 1400 J.R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39217