Scopophilia, the pleasure of looking is one of the delights provided by the cinema. The darkness in the space “isolates the spectators from one another”, while simultaneously draws attention to the voyeuristic separation. As viewers the fascination of looking is amplified, hence this summer the gallery transforms itself into a dark-lit cinematic space to present the works by three artists. We are delighted to invite you to join us at our new exhibition Fuzz Fuzz: exhibition by Shen Wei, Liang Yue, and Wang Hsiang Lin.
“Fuzz” could imply stray hairs, light fibers, unclear sensory or even a distorted buzz. Fragile and insignificant things still hold presence in a form of texture or a beat of a sound. In contact with these forms a twitch of emotion may spark although often undetected and overlooked. It sends a subtle feeling or perhaps a message through the human senses. Daily interactions between individuals are elusive, banal and at times isolated. They are difficult to quantify or record but specific moments appear delicately beautiful and dreamlike. These artists focus on this “Fuzz” and capture that moment though their artistic practices.
In Shen Wei’s Between Blossom a sense of elusive seduction circulates his images and the cycle of life and death of blossoms expresses the mysterious power of life. Liang Yue’s Fuzz Fuzz and Everything is gone Evaporating pounders on the idea of insignificant beauty and exploring this beauty becomes an ultimate goal. Through a piece of video work and three photographs printed on aluminum with luminous paint she breaks away from the traditional image-making process, and reveals an exquisite fragment of the miscellaneous daily encounters. Hsiang Ling Wang’s Metamorphosis on the other hand, films winter scenes in the States and Taiwan to unravel an inner void, loneliness, fear and an unsettling emotional state. A series of works consist of darkness, plants, female body and sculpture to demonstrate a phantom-like psychological condition.
The gallery hopes through the exhibition audiences engage with this “Fuzz”. In the carefully crafted obscure space, senses are meant to be intensified. To feel the trickle of movement, pleasure of looking and experience of development in internal dialogues. Resonating with these works of prolonged beautiful moments, we hope it evokes a gentle nudge, a lost breath and perhaps a warm fuzz.
1 Laura Mulvey ,Visual and other pleasures(Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) ,15-17.
Shen Wei (b.1977)
Born and raised in Shanghai, Shen Wei is a visual artist based in New York City and Shanghai. He is known for his intimate portraits of others and himself, as well as his poetic landscape and still-life photography. His work has been exhibited internationally, with venues including the Museum of the City of New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, La Triennale di Milano, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Shen Wei’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Library of Congress, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Chinese in America, CAFA Art Museum, and the Ringling Museum of Art, among others.
Shen Wei is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts Residency, the Asian Cultural Council Arts & Religion Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Grant. He holds an MFA in photography, video, and related media from the School of Visual Arts, New York; and a BFA in photography from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Liang Yue (b.1979)
Works and lives in between Shanghai and Toronto. Her artistic practice focuses on photography, video and sound. She is known to emphasis on the “daily” and delves in finding the beauty of things. Graduated from the Shanghai Art Academy in 2001 she has exhibited in places such as: Chinese Contemporary Selected Videos, Cinema Dynamo, Centre D'Art Contemporain Geneve, Switzerland (2018); The 7th edition Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture, Shenzhen (2017); Intermittent, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing (2016); Easy Going, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal,Shenzhen (2014); A Lecture Upon the Shadow, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, U.K.(2012); Move on Asia, the End of Video Art, Casa Asia-Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (2011); Shanghai Candid: Women In Motion, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery,U.S.A.(2010); China Power Station - Part IV, Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino, Italy (2010); Shanghai Kino, Shanghai Kino, KUNSTHALLE BERN, Switzerland(2009); The Thirteen: Chinese Video Now, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, U.S.A.(2006); China Contemporary – Architecture, Art and Visual Culture, Netherlands Photo Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands( 2006); Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, U.S.A. and China Now, MoMA Film at the Gramercy Theatre, New York, U.S.A.(2004)
Her works are collected by Dr. Michael I. Jacobs Collection, U.S.A., Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MUHKA), and Belgium and Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation, Switzerland
Wang Hsiang Lin (b. 1984)
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Wang graduated from City University of New York with an MA degree in music performance. She also completed general studies in photography at International Center of Photography in New York. She began learning classical music at a young age and after the degree she has decided to embark on the journey of fine art with a focus on image making. Recent exhibitions include: Taipei Fine Art Musuem(2020), Galerie Frederic Moisan, Gallery 456 and Kuandu museum. In 2017 she participated in an artist's residency Citè Internationale des Arts in France and in 2015 won the grand prize for the Taipei Arts Awards in Taiwan. She currently lives and works in Taipei.