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Taiwanese artists participate in the Spring Open Studios 2023 in Brooklyn

  • Date:2023-04-25
Taiwanese artists participate in the Spring Open Studios 2023 in Brooklyn

Taiwanese artist Wang Poyen (王博彥) began his residency at Triangle Arts this March, and curators Lee Yenyi (李彥儀) and Chang Hung-yen (常鴻雁) are also currently in residence as part of the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), supported by Taiwan's Ministry of Culture and the Taipei Cultural Center in New York.

Wang participated in Triangle's Spring Open Studios 2023 program on April 22 to 23, hosted in conjunction with Art in DUMBO Open Studios 2023. In April each year, 100+ artists throughout Dumbo open their doors to the public as part of DUMBO Open Studios, giving visitors a look inside studios and workspaces. Poyen Wang presented his recent video work, Endearing Insanity, alongside other related graphics and animations during the Open Studio program. Endearing Insanity is a 9-minute film using 3D Computer graphics, punctuated by a self-introduction, sensual but eerie bodily gestures, and dramatic sound effects, reflecting the longing for connection and desire for visibility within a displaced environment.

The film takes place in a small apartment kitchen, which is inspired by where the artist once lived in Brooklyn. Employing the genres of horror and erotica, Endearing Insanity navigates the threshold where sensuality and terror meet. The work embraces contradictory ideas, dissolving boundaries and oscillating between the seductive and the repellant, the private and the public, and the self and the other.

Taiwanese curators Lee Yenyi and Chang Hung-yen participated in the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Spring Open Studios this year on April 21 and 22. The ISCP is a presentation of international contemporary art organized by 35 artists and curators from 28 countries currently in residence. Twice per year, ISCP offers the public access to private artists' and curators' studios to view artwork and engage with creators.

Lee showcased her research in progress and present her past curatorial exhibitions. Since 2013, her curatorial research has focused on exploring the concept of failure and mistakes. During her residency at ISCP, Lee's research will further focus on automation and autonomy, as well as whether automation will affect humans' antifragility when facing complex decisions.

Chang's residency project at ISCP was inspired by her own experience working as a curator at public art museums under different operating systems. She attempts to portray the influence of economic, industrial and political relations on the medium of contemporary art during the Cold War period through a unique perspective via an enriching collection of documents and archives related to the Sino-U.S. relationship.