Variations of Geometric Abstraction in Taiwan’s Contemporary Art

ESLITE GALLERY is pleased to present “Variations of Geometric Abstraction in Taiwan’s Contemporary Art,” an exhibition curated by Chia Chi Jason WANG featuring works by nine artists: TSONG Pu (1947-), HU Kun-Jung (1955-), CHEN Hui-Chiao (1964-), Yi-Chen HUNG (1971-), Shiau-Peng CHEN (1976-), WU Tung-Lung (1976-), PAN Hsien-Jen (1963-), HONG Shaopei (1979-) and Mia Wen-Hsuan LIU (1980-).

  • Exhibition Period:13 Nov 2010 – 12 Dec 2010
  • Address:ESLITE GALLERY∣5F, No. 11, Songgao Rd., Taipei 11073, Taiwan
  • Opening Hours:13 Nov 2010

ESLITE GALLERY is pleased to present “Variations of Geometric Abstraction in Taiwan’s Contemporary Art,” an exhibition curated by Chia Chi Jason WANG featuring works by nine artists: TSONG Pu (1947-), HU Kun-Jung (1955-), CHEN Hui-Chiao (1964-), Yi-Chen HUNG (1971-), Shiau-Peng CHEN (1976-), WU Tung-Lung (1976-), PAN Hsien-Jen (1963-), HONG Shaopei (1979-) and Mia Wen-Hsuan LIU (1980-).

As opposed to the West where it began a century ago, the development of geometric abstract art in Taiwan did not take shape until the early 1980’s. Even in the past three decades, geometric abstract art only sparked a brief discussion and attention in Taiwanese art circles during the 1980’s. After the period, not many artists carried on the form in their art creation.

Over the years, despite the small pool of geometric abstract artists, there has still been a steady, albeit slow, stream of newcomers devoting to the art form. Close observation shows that most of these artists were either trained in Europe or the United States, or they were taught in Taiwan by teachers who learned the art in the West.

Seeing the West as the origin of Taiwan’s geometric abstract art, “variation” becomes the thematic concept of this exhibition with an attempt to deduce the art’s derivation in Taiwan in parallel to the West. At the same time, we hope to bring the art to the surface, showing its continual development in Taiwan and that it has not been relegated to history. As such in the exhibition artists from different generations are presented to highlight their individual endeavor in carrying on the form of art. (Text /Chia Chi Jason WANG, Curator)

TSONG Pu

TSONG Pu was born in Shanghai in 1947 and came to Taiwan in 1949. After graduating from Fu-Hsin Trade and Arts School in 1969, TSONG enrolled into La Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Fernando de Madrio in 1973 and stayed in Spain for eight years in total. In 1981, he returned to Taiwan and helped found some spaces of contemporary art such as Studio of Contemporary Art (SOCA) and IT Park, and he also became one of the representatives of abstract art in Taiwan.

The basic unit of TSONG’s painting is square stamp, by which he expresses the movement and self-autonomy of artistic ideas in the cubic or geometric hard-edge compositions. From grid dividing, stamping, to ordering, TSONG’s stamp painting recalls the technique of pointillists, but he aims not at mimetic representation. Instead, he seeks, through his formal language, to express the dynamics that “one breeds thousands.” The sequence and movement of the stamps and the varied density of colors reflect the artist’s mindscape that is both self-regulating and freedom-loving. Recently, TSONG introduces daily ready-mades such as aluminum and paper into his stamp painting, so as to underscore the overlapping or confrontation of microscopic spaces. The ready-mades of varied textures and weights may slant on the canvas or give rise to other figures. They become the visual foci and perform changes amidst order and harmony. “Change is existence,” said TSONG Pu. He has been regulating and simplifying his ideas and seeking differences in the same. He transforms everyday things into “rhetorical language and punctuations marks, making them poetic.”

HU Kun-Jung

CHEN Hui-Chiao

Yi-Chen HUNG

Shiau-Peng CHEN

WU Tung-Lung

PAN Hsien-Jen

Mia Wen-Hsuan LIU

HONG Shaopei