Place:Presidential Art Gallery
Two Taiwanese artists — one internationally renowned and the other young and upcoming — will hold a join exhibition at the Presidential Art Gallery in Taipei from July 5 until the yearend.
Born in 1942 at Yilan County's Luodong Township, A-sun Wu (吳炫三) is an acclaimed painter and sculptor known for his abstract creations. He has been an adventurer and eager traveler all his life, having spent time in sophisticated cities such as Paris and New York, as well as the occidental regions of Indonesia, the South Pacific, Oceania, and Africa.
During his extensive travels, Wu was reacquainted with nature, leading to his use of stones, tree barks, and vines to create art in the 1980s. He has since moved on from imitating nature to re-interpreting nature's fundamentals with more durable materials, such as the mineral-rich clay found on Lombok Island in the South Pacific.
For his latest ceramic series, Wu combined the traditional clay-making practices of Lombok's indigenous Java people with Chinese ink wash techniques. Featuring scorch marks from using straw bales and coconut husks for baking the clay, as well as additional relief and etchings, the rawness of Wu's works stands in stark contrast with the pristine and delicate vases crafted by the other featured artist in the joint exhibition.
Born in 1975 in Taitung County, Chi-Shang Feng-zhu (池上鳳珠) is also an avid traveler who has lived among the indigenous people of Papua New Guinea. While Wu's take on nature can be seen as more robust and earthy, Chi-Shang focuses on the elements of water and wind, both of which she perceives as blue.
An apparent theme that runs in her works is the continuity and interconnectivity of life, and the threads of pale blue that dot her latest pottery series serve as visual representation of this philosophy. Her "Tree of Newton” vase, a nod to the gravity-obeying apple incident, is among the 66 ceramic artworks that will be displayed at the Presidential Art Gallery.
Please note that the Presidential Art Gallery is only open to the general public on the first Saturday of every month, whileweekdays are by appointment only; please visitwww.president.gov.tw for further information.