ESLITE GALLERY’s first exhibition in 2023, opening on January 7, will showcase two-dimensional artworks and installations from Teppei KANEUJI (Japan), Pao-Leng KUNG (Taiwan) and CHEN Bo-Ruei (Taiwan). Modern lives are filled with all kinds of objects, some for everyday purposes, some simply for collection or a manifestation of personal style. There exist different levels of relationship between the person and the object, from which contemporary artists find and explore the possibility of them becoming art. Remembrance will feature 7 three-dimensional works by Teppei KANEUJI, 8 oil paintings and a number of installations by Pao-Leng KUNG, as well as No More Love, a piece created by CHEN Bo-Ruei on site in the ESLITE GALLERY VIP Room.
- Exhibition Period：7 January - 4 February 2023
- Address：ESLITE GALLERY ∣ B1, No. 88, Yanchang Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110055, Taiwan
Teppei KANEUJI (1978) has a master’s degree in sculpture from the Kyoto City University of Arts. Specializing in collaging daily objects, such as potatoes, plastic bottles, and figurines, he dismantles then combines them with other materials to impart a sense of strangeness to familiar objects. In the White Discharge series on view at this exhibition, he puts together objects of local interest—Taiwan Beer’s yellow baskets and buckets—and pours plastic resin over the mass of objects that seem to be condensed in space. Meanwhile in his Games, Dance & the Constructions series, he experiments with extending the visual state of three-dimensional space in sculptures to two-dimensional works or extracting the elements in planar images and turning them into works with an illusion of three-dimensional space. It’s the exploration of the ambiguous boundaries between two- and three-dimensions.
Pao-Leng KUNG (1996) graduated with a BFA from Taipei National University of the Arts, and a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London. She has been recognized by an honorable mention in the 2019 Taipei Fine Arts Award and as a winner of 2022 Next Art Tainan. This exhibition features her works from 2017 to 2022. Starting with abstract painting, she ponders about the materiality of the canvas itself. In + and Unclear, she explores the relationship between the canvas and acrylic paints, between the masking tape and the border. Then she turns her attention to finding the "painterly feel" in found objects. Drifting Aimlessly from 0 to 0 released in 2020 is her first series created from found objects. With air vent grille commonly seen in the UK as the base, she uses its characteristic as a conduit between the interior and exterior of a building to open up an re-imagination of space. Apart from plastic products, hardware tools and metal parts are also sources of inspiration for GUNG’s mix-and-match play with objects. Easy Open Lid sees a bottle lid in a foam seat cushion; Driver II is a combination of bicycle parts and robot vacuum accessories. In the process of modification and transformation, ordinary everyday objects are turned into works of art.
CHEN Bo-Ruei (1997) is currently studying at the Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts at the Tainan National University of the Art. The creation No More Love featured in this exhibition is a wall of hearts hand-drawn by him using a red oil-based ballpoint pen. The physical labor of repeatedly drawing the hearts is like etching marks into the wall. The act is not only time consuming but it’s difficult to completely fill the hearts with a ballpoint pen, leaving imperfect traces of manual work. After a long, tedious process of the heart drawing friction between the pen and the wall, is it going to leave only an exhausted state of No More Love?