As precious as one-of-a-kind art pieces are, art editions produced in a limited number are equally captivating. ESLITE GALLERY's first exhibition Multiplicity after the Lunar New Year centers on the theme of art editions, showcasing 40 pieces of work of varying mediums—prints, sculptures, ceramics, moving images, and 3D printed sculptures. Featured artists include Fu-sheng KU, LIU Xiaodong, CAI Guo-Qiang, ZHAN Wang, Shida KUO, Kuang-Yu TSUI, JI Dachun, LU Zheng-Yuan, WU Chang Jung, Hiroto KITAGAWA (Japan), and Jean-Francois Baltzen (France).
- Exhibition Period：11 February - 4 March 2023
- Address：ESLITE GALLERY ∣ B1, No. 88, Yanchang Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110055, Taiwan
The earliest works on display are Fu-sheng KU's copper plate etching on paper and monoprint on paper from the 1960s. KU was a versatile artist who had created hand-colored antique prints in galleries in the United States, as well as handmade prints in museums. He had a range of media at his disposal and often focused on "people," depicting imaginative and unique aesthetics that are untethered to trends. Examples include Nestlings (1963) with its bold pink hues, and First Dream (1965), which reflects a dream-like exploration of the human body and flowers. Through his works, KU conveys the depth of his inner world and sentiments toward the outside world.
Prints are also a common form in LIU Xiaodong's creation. This exhibition presents Young Man Ling Chen (2007), Hometown Boy Print Series (2013), Blue Self Portrait (2019) and Heitukeng Movement print book (2021), each capturing snapshots of his moving and meaningful experiences in life. For instance, Heitukeng Movement portrays his family members in his hometown of Heitukeng, Liaoning Province, encompassing a series of 18 works on paper and a poem penned with ink and brush, elegantly presented in a limited-edition print book. Utilizing advanced Giclée printing technology and complete with the cover of Japan's MUSE-Touch II watercolor sketchbook, it faithfully reproduces LIU's original watercolors in all their vivid details.
One of CAI Guo-Qiang masterpieces, Study for Inopportune: Stage Two (2004), inspired by the classic Chinese story of Wusong fighting a tiger, sees nine life-size tigers that leap and writhe in pain as they're pierced by arrows. This exhibition shows CAI's draft for the amazing piece: 9 tigers made of resin, each with lifelike expressions.
ZHAN Wang's Forms in Flux (2017) imagines a man falling into molten lava and undergoing a mutation. ZHAN's creative process combines fluid mechanics algorithms and natural parameters. He scans his body and inputs the data into a simulation software that models magma flow, allowing it to randomly interact and evolve. Then, he selects certain shapes and 3D prints them with stainless steel materials before polishing and heat coloring them to finally present the mutated form as a sculpture.
Sculpture, like printmaking, is another prevalent form of art that has multiple editions. Shida KUO's 3D works embody minimalist shapes inspired by everyday objects, while Japanese artist Hiroshi KITAGAWA pushes the limits of clay to convey the indifference and isolation in contemporary human relationships through elongated and distorted human forms. Video art is another genre with art editions that only emerged in the 20th century. This exhibition features Kuang-Yu TSUI's single-channel video The Welcome Rain Falling from the Sky (1997) and two-channel video Youth (2014), as well as WU Chang Jung's single-channel video Documentary II-Jia Hsin. Technological advancements have continually improved video tools and computer equipment, enabling artists to approach contemporary social issues, media, and visual cultural phenomena.
It's apparent that, whether it's traditional multiples or emerging new media art, artists traverse and delve into environmental concerns, interpersonal relationships, and cultural phenomena through their creations unbound by time.