Benrei HUANG─Om at the Breakfast Table

Benrei HUANG’s solo exhibition “Om at the Breakfast Table” will be held at ESLITE GALLERY from 5 September to 4 October 2015, presenting the artist’s latest creations that reflect her quotidian and travelling experiences. In addition to HUANG’s long-time protagonist Nini’s diversified outlooks, one can also sense the artist’s continual evolvement of thinking, more precise arrangement of forms, and more principled selection of experimental subjects.

  • Exhibition Period:05 Sep 2015 – 04 Oct 2015
  • Address:ESLITE GALLERY l No. 11, 5F, Songgao Road, Taipei 11073
  • Opening Hours:5 Sep 2015

Benrei HUANG’s solo exhibition “Om at the Breakfast Table” will be held at ESLITE GALLERY from 5 September to 4 October 2015, presenting the artist’s latest creations that reflect her quotidian and travelling experiences. In addition to HUANG’s long-time protagonist Nini’s diversified outlooks, one can also sense the artist’s continual evolvement of thinking, more precise arrangement of forms, and more principled selection of experimental subjects.

The title “Om at the Breakfast Table” reveals Benrei HUANG’s idea of sifting the essence from the superfluous, as inspired by her cross-references among her dining overseas, visiting Japanese rock gardens, and her own mentality as a creator. As HUANG said, “Even though they (the Japanese rock gardens) appear to be bare, presented before our eyes are the most indispensable elements, which perhaps encapsulate their contextual cultures, histories, and aesthetics. The excessive and pretentious minutiae, just like some nonsense of no use, can be dispensed indeed.” In her creative process, HUANG seldom observes any prescribed rules. She often lets her experiences sit with some time; then at some moments, certain scenes may show up and jump onto her canvases, as if having their own will. There is nothing maneuvering, nor is there deliberate brainstorming in her creation.

Benrei HUANG also draws extensively from personal experiences of life. For instance, motherhood provides her with abundant inspirations. In The Insomniac Has the Last Laugh and Sophisticated Vandalism, one can observe that Nini’s eyes are tainted with some obstinacy and rebellion but without any decisive claims. Viewing the paintings, accordingly, the spectators can perceive the artist’s tender feelings towards her adolescent son. On the other hand, in Vanilla Flavor Dreams, HUANG experiments with the analogy and conversion of varied sensory experiences. For example, she uses winding lines to visualize the spreading of smell, like the lingering of some fragrance.

Benrei HUANG’s paintings used to have plainly descriptive titles, but this time she tends to decrease their absoluteness, allowing the spectators more freedom to interpret and appreciate the strata and significance of the pictorial scenarios. Regarding her creation, HUANG has always been serious and meticulous. She hopes her spectators can discover, from each new exhibition, her changes in content, breakthrough of status quo, elevation of artistic levels, and nuances of her mentality and concerns.

Benrei HUANG

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.