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Bifurcation of Confluence

2023 Next Art Tainan

Throughout history, the origins of many civilizations were all located where mountains and rivers intersect. As a country with diverse cultures, Taiwan is like a place where mountains and rivers converge, creating a rich and vibrant art environment. The "2023 Tainan New Art Award" exhibits works from 10 winning artists and 14 invited artists from across the country. Their creative media are diverse and their concerns are different. The exhibition is based on the unique mechanism of the New Art Award and is presented in different dialogue contexts in ten art galleries and art spaces in Tainan.


The curatorial theme "Bifurcation of Confluence" means that the various issues presented by young artists reflect contemporary aesthetic concepts, generational perspectives, and social culture. The epitome of the multiple summaries is a clue, a reality, and the future. The process is like pulling out threads, and we can glimpse how the unique issues that the young generation is concerned about are manifested in artistic creation. While the meaning is converging, it should also generate gaps full of multiple differences, and radiate various unpredictable aesthetic dimensions. Just like the operation of the existing mechanism of the New Art Award, through the dialogue between the works of young creators and artists from all over the world, the creative system that is still in the process of generation is opened up, facing different issues and forms, and crossing the connection between art and society. At the same time, we also hope to provide another possible reference for local art communities and individual creators.


Most of the artists who won the award this time started from visual cultural experience. Several of them extended their creative paths with "artistic issues" based on artistic forms and aesthetic sensibility. Huang Liying's paintings exhibited at the Water Color Art Studio use the reflective properties of pencil graphite to depict the shape of strange stones, presenting the metaphysical philosophy seen by the works and the viewers. Japanese artist Hirakawa Yuki uses neat images to transform the gradual changes of light and shadow under the shade of trees, echoing the characteristics of the exhibition venue and Huang Liying's paintings in form. Also taking "light" as the theme, Hu Shixiang exhibited an interactive light and shadow installation in the most beautiful space, using technology to reflect on the relationship between people and technological networks. Wang Xi'an uses halo as the main axis of painting, presenting the depth of the sky and nebula through brushstrokes. Connection deconstructs the relationship between light and color, combining light and shadow installations with performances to narrate the different forms of the six stages of life.


As a gallery recreated from an old house, Chang Shan-hsueh's work attempts to echo the large number of potted plants planted in the courtyard, and traces the geographical path of ferns during the Ice Age with his past emotions and enthusiasm for ferns. Huang Lan-ya uses colorful acrylic materials to whimsically construct an imaginary and beautiful forest garden. Hu Qing-wen uses ink painting techniques to present the afternoon sun falling on the balcony of the house, reflecting the leaves of potted plants, window grilles, and tiles, quietly presenting the individual's mood and feelings. Ji Pei-chen of the Art Museum of Fine Arts paints Taiwan's sign culture on European cities photographed during his trip to France, creating a unique urban jungle landscape. Li Yongzhi attempts to dismantle the urban landscape dominated by consumerism, neon signs, and shapes nostalgic aesthetics beyond the evolution of urban landscape. Chen Boyuan, who exhibits at Soka Art, uses new media to present the aura of contemporary ink painting, depicting the scene of climate change as airplanes fly between clouds, while Meng Shifu uses power device elements to simulate the intermediate complex of birds and aircraft.


In today's information explosion, the "post-truth era" led by social media and key opinion leaders (KOL) has arrived. Internet culture has gradually guided the development of mass culture in contemporary society. The boundary between reality and the online has gradually become illusory due to the massive reproduction of images. Just like Gu Mengxuan, who exhibited at the Ganle Ash Museum of Art, repeatedly overwrote news, war and disaster images on the Internet to simulate the macroscopic feelings in traditional landscape paintings. Wen Jianing focuses on the body shaped by media images, and interprets it visually through deformation, fiction, and costume. The new media art team 2ENTER (2ENTER) of the Jiali Gallery created another mixed data landscape in the game engine by collaging real-time data and images. Cai Yiru's paintings capture symbols from animation, social platforms, and communication software, presenting people's visual experience with screen interfaces at different stages.


Continuing the exploration of the Internet and information culture, some artists also focus on the exploration of art, society and politics. Yang Jiehuai, exhibited at the Dehong Gallery, explores gender and Internet culture, reflecting on the ambiguous posture of individual desire and power hierarchy. Zeng Yixin starts from the viewing mechanism and gaze subject of women, thinking about the unequal relationship between gender and politics in the images of popular culture. Chen Junyu, who is exhibited in the absolute space, proposes hypothetical solutions in a humorous way, resonating with the serious topics of contemporary society. Zhang Wenxuan's works imitate the teaching method of a success lecturer, implying the situation of democratic politics under the narrative of Asian countries.


Japanese artist Hu Gongxue Na uses the high ceilings of the Dahsin Museum of Fine Arts to exhibit large-scale soft sculptures that combine Taiwanese and Okinawan cultural symbols, reflecting the span of cultural integration under globalization. Under the main concept of globalization and cultural mobility, three artists with different styles are invited to have a dialogue: Fang Weiwen's flat paintings use the "memory" of the individual to capture the cultural codes that appear in his scattered life experience, presenting a flowing and unfixed world; Zhuang Peixin recodes a large number of virtual visual images and transforms them into physical "digital specimens"; Chen Chengyu tries to compare the information, objects, and images circulating in the world to "clouds", and materializes the concept, using multiple objects to piece together a "chaotic" contemporary landscape.


The 11th Tainan New Art Award "Converging Bifurcation Points" exhibited the ingenuity of 24 groups of artists, including outstanding artists from home and abroad. It is hoped that creators with different backgrounds will converge in Tainan and branch out into heterogeneous and diverse voices. In the design and execution mechanism of the New Art Award, which is different from other awards in Taiwan, one of the main goals is to promote artists to connect with the art market. At the same time, it is also hoped that the marketing and promotion resources of the public and private sectors will be combined to gather the cultural energy of all parties and the historical foundation of Tainan, open up the brand characteristics of urban aesthetics, and bloom wonderful performances at ten different points in the city.

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Huang Li-Ying was born in Changhua in 1993 and graduated from the Master's program in Fine Arts at the National Taiwan University of Arts.

Her series of works were selected for the Kaohsiung Award in 2019 and also for the China Trust New Artist Award in the same year. In 2021, she received the Ministry of Culture MIT New Artist Special Zone Award and the Jury Award for Taiwan Art New Face. In 2022, she was honored with the Jury Selection for the Jih Sun Contemporary Art Award and has participated in several group exhibitions in recent years.

Huang Li-Ying's work revolves around the intuitive perception of natural stones, gradually layered through the process of pencil rendering to depict their mystery and uniqueness. Facing these extraordinary stones, the artist receives impressions through 'truthiness,' associating with nature intuitively. Through the transformation from three dimensions to two dimensions and then gradually constructing with the properties of the medium and the characteristics of the carrier, she creates a new appearance for the stones, becoming surreal and mysterious. In her depiction with single or low color tone, she employs the reflective effects achieved through the properties of pencils, reversing traditional shading methods, so that as the light intensifies, more graphite is layered. From different angles, the state of the stones continues to change, thus organizing a completely new world between imagination and reality on the plane of painting.


Exhibition Experience:

2023 "Overlapping," Double Square Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2022 "MIT 15th Anniversary Special Exhibition," Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan

2022 "Art Future," Grand Hyatt Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

2021 "Extraordinary Gathering," VT Extra Temple, Taipei, Taiwan

2021 "Dialogue Movement," Sokka Art, Tainan, Taiwan

2021 "Generational Slices," Double Square Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2020 "Art Future," Fubon International Conference Center, Taipei, Taiwan

2019 "Taipei Art Expo," Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan

2019 "Taoyuan Landscape Art Festival," Da Nuan Forest Park, Taoyuan, Taiwan

2019 "Taiwan Contemporary Annual Exhibition," Expo Blossom Pavilion, Taipei, Taiwan

2019 "241SS New Art Project," Hsinchu 241 Art Space, Hsinchu, Taiwan

2018 "Hold Soap Like a Fish," North Side Campus Gathering, Taipei, Taiwan

2017 "Cloud Thought Art," Qingyun Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2016 "Art Freedom Day," Huashan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan

2016 "Scale of X Universe," Empty Space, Jidan Art Practice Space, Taipei, Taiwan

2016 "Body," Jidan Art Practice Space, Taipei, Taiwan

2015 "Rainbow, Traveler, Cloth White," Jidan Art Practice Space, Taipei, Taiwan

2015 "Perception Dimension: Spiritual Ocean," Shuigu Art, Taipei, Taiwan

2015 "Quality Change, Quantity Change," Nanhai Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2014 "Impromptu Academy," Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan



2022 Jih Sun Securities Contemporary Art Award, Jury Selection

2021 Taipei International Art Fair, Ministry of Culture 'MIT New Artist Special Zone'

2021 Taiwan Art New Face Award, Jury Award

2019 Kaohsiung Award, Selected Award

2019 China Trust New Artist Award, Selected Award



2021 Collection of Taiwan Art Bank

2020 Collection of Taiwan Art Bank


LIN Hsi-Chun (b.1960, Taipei, Taiwan) holds a BFA from Department of Fine Arts of National Taiwan Normal University and a M. Arch degree from the Institute of Interior Design of Chung-Yuan Christian University. With a background in both arts, architecture design and a long-term teaching career at the architecture academy, LIN is well-known for successfully bringing a sensual and easy character out of his geometrically progressive abstract painting.

LIN has been a pioneer in the culture and art scene of Southern Taiwan; in addition to co-founding The Southern Art Magazine and having had served as the art director, he was the chairman of the Kaohsiung Art Alliance and the Modern Painting Society. He was also one of the founders of The Pier-2 Art Center of Kaohsiung.

Among many art and landscape projects LIN has been involved, Kaohsiung Central Park is one of LIN’s most famous designs in which he successfully revitalized Kaohsiung’s urban image by creating the iconic “Urban Spotlight Arcade.”

Yuki Hirakawa was born in Nagoya, Japan, in 1983 and has exhibited numerous monochrome films and serene installation works. The series "Lost Films" tells the stories of films lost or missing from around the world. Apart from being screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (2019, Netherlands) and the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (2019, Germany), it has also received acclaim both domestically and internationally. Recently, his artistic career has expanded to international group exhibitions such as "Spirit and Effort" (2020, Salisbury Cathedral, UK), "Enlightenment" (2021, Durham Cathedral, UK), as well as the Taipei Digital Art Festival (2017, Taiwan), Kaunas Art Festival (2016, Lithuania), Sapporo International Art Festival (2014, Japan), and Aichi Triennale (2013, Japan).

During the long period of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hirakawa explored issues surrounding space through humorous perceptions in various found object installations. He redefines the concepts of space and time, as well as the structures and relationships of things, through this unprecedented change. With a keen eye for the structures of things and a curiosity about the inherent unknowns of time, the artist connects these elements together.



2020-present: Associate Professor, Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts, Japan

2015-2016: Japanese Government Overseas Research Fellow

2014-2015: Resident Artist, BETA-Rhin Art Village, Germany

2013-2014: Overseas Research Fellow, POLA Art Foundation, Japan

2011-2012: Research Fellow, Solitude Palace Academy, Germany

2008-2011: Assistant Researcher, Nagoya University of Arts, Japan


Solo Exhibitions:

2022 "D.F.N," Tatematsu Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

2022 "Untitled Tear," Tadao Ando Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2021 "a film by," Tadao Ando Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2019 "Years Later," Tatematsu Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

2019 "Rêve d’artiste La Magie à travers les âges," Tadao Ando Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2018 "Nitrate Dreams," Pola Museum, Hakone, Japan

2018 "A River Under Water," Anima Mundi, St. Ives, UK

2018 "Two Hearts Lost in the Darkness Two Eyes to not See," Carme Brescia, Brescia, Italy

2018 "Until It Becomes a Film Sing in a Loud Voice," Tadao Ando Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2017 "The Better Way Back to the Soil," Double Square Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2017 "Shadow of Film," Standing Pine, Nagoya, Japan

2016 Solo Project "Shadow of Film," Taipei International Art Fair, Taipei World Trade Center, Taiwan

2016 "Secret Fire," Anima Mundi, St. Ives, UK

2015 "Into a Horizon," White Rainbow, London, UK

2015 "Close Your Eyes," Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

2015 "Same Places, Different Phases-Energy, Matter and Time," Wolfsburg Art Association, Leipzig, Germany

2015 "Unseen / Unscene," Wolfsburg Art Association, Wolfsburg, Germany

2014 "Disappearance Realm," MOT/ARTS, Taipei, Taiwan

2014 "Event Horizon," Standing Pine, Nagoya, Japan

2014 Solo Project "Sculpting the Disappearance," Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2013 "Until You Fall into a Deep Sleep," Minokamo City Civic Art Museum, Minokamo City, Japan

2013 "Silence of Nature / Nature of Silence," Solitude Palace Academy, Germany

2012 "Timeless and Silentness," Standing Pine, Nagoya, Japan

2012 "Mute Time," Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan

2011 "Slight Signs of Something," Standing Pine, Nagoya, Japan

2009 "Unlinked Images," Standing Pine, Nagoya, Japan

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