Shyu Ruey Shiann "Poetic Rationality, Warm Coldness"

Ise Cultural Foundation Gallery

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ISE Cultural Foundation presents solo exhibition “SHYU Ruey Shiann: Poetic Rationality, Warm Coldness”, curated by Sean C. S. Hu.

Poetic Rationality, Warm Coldness is an exhibition of three kinetic artworks created in different stages of time by Taiwanese artist, SHYU Ruey Shiann, and they are Life and Death, River of Childhood, and Trace. Through the exhibition, an opportunity is presented to the audience to understand the artist’s creative context and concepts and to get a glimpse of his internal world and his dynamic creative aesthetics.

The artworks included in this exhibition distinctively represent the artist’s concerns for the nature and our environment and also his nostalgic recollections of childhood memories. With the machines’ slow movements, the artworks resemble old gramophones or time machines that are able to transport us back to beautiful times in the past, as a sense of resonance echoes in life’s shared experiences. Life and Death is the first artwork the audience encounters at the exhibition, and with this simple installation, the artist intends to express the idea that all living beings on Earth are equal and human behaviors have caused drastic ecological changes; before the extinction of more life, please protect and respect the world we all live in. The second artwork, River of Childhood, is an installation of small boats. The electric current guides the audience on an expedition back in time to search for nostalgic memories. While reminiscing the changing sceneries before us, we are prompted to question whether the progression of time has taken away our original hopes and dreams? With the last artwork, Trace, the moving charcoals of the piece appear to be dancing and swinging, and with each stroke and line, traces are left behind as marks of time. Just as time has also inadvertently left its traces in life, from which, an internal landscape of the self is thereby formed.

[Image: Shyu Ruey Shiann “The River of Childhood1999” (2010) mixed media, 400x240x57cm]



from January 11, 2013 to March 01, 2013
Artist Talk: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 12– 2PM

Opening Reception on 2013-01-18 from 18:00 to 20:00

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