Asia Art Center is pleased to participate in Art Taipei 2018, exhibiting at booth G03. To celebrate the art fair's 25th anniversary, our exhibition will be curated into three themes: Display of Ethereal Cloud series by Li Chen, Dialogue of Post-war Asian Abstract Art, and Contemporary Expressions of Eastern Aesthetics, presenting a comprehensive overview of the creative diversity over the development of modern and contemporary Asian art.
Adept in creating dialogue with materials, Li Chen breathes warmth into the otherwise frigidly icy stainless steel and evokes such striking form. His re-imagined Ethereal Cloud appears in the form of surging currents and radiating sunlight, rays of golden sunset and deafening darkness; "cloud" as a fluid matter has begun manifesting its unrestrained characteristics in distinct forms. These ever-changing sculptures of smoke and clouds rise and swirl like a dragon, taking shapes of mountains, water and fire, characters as peculiar as strange rocks, nectar, blossoms, withering trees and manlike beasts… they appear so curiously odd, their presence induces an "extraordinarily bizarre" feat that is both highly grotesque and self-reproductive.
The Post-war era instigated a rich diversity of artistic creativity in the Asia Pacific region, the rapid development of social and cultural infrastructure inversely deconstructed the existing barriers between the global and regional, along with the old and new. Nobuo Sekine of Japan, founding member of Mono-Ha, drew inspiration from the Zen philosophy and Topology to reduce physical matters into their pure existence. Handrio and Zaini of Southeast Asia integrated Modernist styles with regional craftsmanship and iconography, redefining the local spirit in a newly built global environment.
Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian, The Stream of Consciousness series by Yang Cihung, first-time exhibited by Asia Art Center is Hong Zhu An from Singapore, the Courtyard impressions of Dong Shawhwei, Jiang Ji'an and his noteworthy readymade painting, and Hang Chunhui, whose solo will be held at Taipei Asia Art Center in December. As contemporary Eastern art presents itself as a quest rather than formality, its heterogeneous expressions is continuously extended by the multitude of experimentations to define self-identity in a fluctuating construct. Subsequently, the artists displayed in this section formulate a network of possibilities, with each leading toward a new vision of reinventing the idea of Eastern expression, all showcased at Asia Art Center's booth G03.