“Dreams for Sale” Benrei HUANG Solo Exhibition
In this show, Rabbit Nini finds herself in her own dreams as well as others. These include: soaking up in a Milky Way bath while reaching for the stars; gliding on a glowing golden boat; waiting for an angel to visit; redemption; and expired youth. HUANG invites the audience to wonder, if they were able to buy a dream one day, what would it be?
- Exhibition Period：25 Dec 2013 – 26 Jan 2014
- Address：ESLITE GALLERY∣5F, No. 11, Songgao Rd., Taipei 11073, Taiwan
- Opening Hours：2013/12/25 3~5pm
In this show, Rabbit Nini finds herself in her own dreams as well as others. These include: soaking up in a Milky Way bath while reaching for the stars; gliding on a glowing golden boat; waiting for an angel to visit; redemption; and expired youth. HUANG invites the audience to wonder, if they were able to buy a dream one day, what would it be? In addition to paintings, HUANG has also handcrafted Nini wool sculptures through needle felt. Each work is infused with the artist’s love and dedication to her subject. There will also be three meter high Nini sculptures greeting visitors at the Xinyi and Songyen eslite branch stores, adding a festive atmosphere for the city of Taipei.
A recurrent subject in Benrei HUANG’s work, Rabbit Nini’s exterior appears to be warm and fragile, and she plays both the protagonist and supporting role. The whole canvas – sky, earth, night sky, or sea, etc. – represents an initiative to conduct a narrative. When Nini leaps into the scene, Benrei HUANG defines her through a painting language of symbols, colors, and shapes … and organizes these elements into a visual story full of content. Through Nini, HUANG Benrei freely expresses the inner thoughts of humankind – sometimes touched, sometimes worried, sometimes insightful about life.
All of the small and large works may look easy to create, but for Benrei HUANG, it is always an endless battle. As an artist, she feels as if her mind is constantly “walking on thin ice.” As she completes her works one by one, she often feels as if she is looking back on past versions of Nini that with her eyes, “Nini hasn’t changed, but you cannot always stay the same….”
In this exhibition, audiences are offered a glimpse into the recent contemplations of Benrei HUANG and her continuous endeavor in bringing something fresh and new into her work.
Benrei HUANG draws inspiration from everyday life and uses Nini the rabbit as a vehicle for contemplation and reflection on her experiences. From Benrei HUANG’s paintings we can get a glimpse of the artist’s inner world, as most of them are inspired, directly and indirectly, by the people, things and events that take place in her immediate environment. Sometimes a painting comes from her mourning for the loss of a pet; sometimes it could be an afterthought when she encountered a street performer (singer) in the subway; and sometimes it may be to express her anxiety about environmental degradation. Benrei HUANG believes that all creatures on Earth are only a small part of the universe. Although the course of nature and life are beyond our control, optimism and a fighting spirit may be our only way to give meaning to our existence. As such, HUANG’s works often emanate a hint of sadness and helplessness yet at the same time filled with warmth and humor. Though personal, her works contain emotions that are universal to us, and thus they become a mirror of our own experiences, and from them we are able to see a bit of ourselves.