One of Taiwan's most popular freeway rest areas, the Qingshui Service Area (清水服務區) near Taichung City, will host a set of paintings with a contemporary take on folk religion starting from April 27. The yearlong exhibition features artwork leased from Taiwan's Art Bank.
Known for its hospitality and services, the service area collaborated with the Art Bank in the hopes of adding contemporary art to its repertoire. Through the "Night View, Art View” exhibition at the food court, Qingshui now offers local and foreign visitors both a taste —and view — of Taiwan's culture.
The two featured artists are Su Chi-wei (蘇智偉) and Lin Chih-chin (林志金). Su, a printmaker, has etched out many scenes from Taiwan's temple celebrations, using woodblocks and bright-colored ink to realistically depict folk parades and rituals. Lin takes a more fanciful approach, incorporating pastel colors and pop culture trends, such as cosplay or video games, in his portrayal of folk deities in the modern age.
The Art Bank noted that its latest collaboration with the rest station's operator, Hsin Tung Yang (新東陽) Co., proves that it is possible to introduce art into more types of public spaces than previously imagined, and that it will look for more exhibition opportunities across a wide range of industries.