2019 臺南新藝獎 NEXT ART TAINAN
Award Winner 黃彥勳 HUANG Yen-Hsun
Invited Artist 高俊宏 KAO Jun-Honn
Curator 陳明惠 Ming Turner
14 Mar. - 14 Dec. 2019
2019Next Art Tainan
The title of the 2019 Next Art Tainan exhibition is ‘Invisible Dimensions’, which aims to represent the diversity of contemporary art, and both the visible and the invisible landscape and culture. The exhibition visualizes three dimensional people and objects, and through the artists’ imagination and their reinterpretation of life, the work also visualizes the invisible trans-dimensions of our everyday life, such as the abstract concepts of time, humanity and philosophy.2019 Next Art Tainan aims to support emerging and talented young artists by inviting specially selected established artists to exhibit their work alongside theirs, as a result of which the art will have a dialogue and will respond to each other. The themes of the exhibited work cover both recognizable and conceptual aspects of our surroundings, including the prosperity of our urban landscape, historical artifacts and their cultural connotations, the ambiguities of gender, the melancholy of abandoned relics, discourses pertaining to housing, the dramatic effect of grassroots culture, scooter culture and the uncertainties being faced by the younger generations.
The exhibition features ten groups of artists from Taiwan, the UK and Norway, from a diverse range of generations and cultural backgrounds, who will exhibit their works in ten different galleries across Tainan. The project features a representation, construction and deconstruction of the visible living environment and its people, as well as challenging and re-considering the exiting, yet invisible, dimensions of life, society and culture. The exhibited works include paintings, multi-media, new media, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and computer-generated images, among others. 2019 Next Art Tainan presents a range of excellent artworks created by artists of different generations, and furthermore, by inviting international artists to create site-specific work in Taiwan, the project expects to embrace more contemporary and international visions and ambitions, and thereby draw attention to the senses of contemporaneity, diversity and sensitivity in art in Tainan city.
黃彥勳 Yen-Hsun Huang
Yen-hsun Huang was born in New Taipei City, Taiwan, in 1994. He graduated from the National Taiwan University of Arts, and is currently continuing his studies for a master’s degree in fine arts. In 2016, he won first prize in the oil painting category of the Da Dun Fine Arts Exhibition, and in 2017 and 2018 he won first prize in the oil painting category of the Taoyuan Fine Arts Exhibition. He also won the Taoyuan Contemporary Art Awards, Taiwan Emerging Art Awards, National Art Exhibition, and Grand View Emerging Art Awards. His creations are mainly achieved through acrylic painting, and he also creates various forms of installation and video art. In the process of his creations, he is surrounded by major narratives, such as human exploration and the pursuit of eternity. In the case of his artistic concepts, he thinks that humans often feel powerless and pessimistic, and at the same time, people actively chase unknown secrets and truths, exploring meaning and building monuments for future generations, as well as inheriting a human understanding of the universe, and continuing to pursue the eternal.
Jun-honn Kao is an artist and writer who lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan. His research-based works focus mainly on contemporary society in Taiwan, engaging space, politics, memories, and histories in the form of video art, physical practice, and writing. He graduated from Tainan National University of the Arta with a PhD in Art Creation. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Taipei National University of Arts. He was the project director of East Asia Multitude Meeting 2013: Post-Occupy (art /activism) Study, and has worked as a documentary director exploring issues concerning the indigenous people of Taiwan.
Since 1995, he has held several solo exhibitions in Taiwan and abroad, and has been an artist in residence in Hong Kong, England, and France, among other locations. In recent years, his artistic practice has included the investigation of East Asian art activists, ‘The Ruin Image Crystal Project’, the documentary project of ’Bo Ai’ in the satellite towns and townships in northern Taiwan, the ‘Traversing Archives: Taiwan’s Mountain War, Empire and Image’ on the development of modern Taiwan’s forests, and an ongoing project regarding the indigenous people of Taiwan, known as the ‘Topa Project’. Jun-honn Kao’s current research focuses on issues surrounding history and the multitudes, space, and indigenous and bio-politics. He uses documentary film as one of his main forms of artistic practice, and undertakes in-depth fieldwork for his studies, placing his findings within complex socio-economic contexts.