2018.12.08 – 2019.01.20
Opening｜ 2018.12.08 (Sat.) 4:30 p.m.
TKG+ Projects （台北市114內湖區瑞光路548巷15號2F）
贊助單位 │ 文化部、台北市文化局
曾參與鹿特丹國際影展短片競賽、英國Osmosis 錄像藝術節、美國Pixilerations新媒體藝術展、紐約cutlog藝術節、西班牙Aguilar影展、法國Tours亞洲影展、法國ARTchSO錄像藝術、日本東京Interdisciplinary 藝術節、韓國光州ACC Asian Arts Space Network Show、兩岸四地藝術交流計劃、台北金馬影展、台北美術獎、台灣國際錄像藝術展、台北電影節等國內外藝術節和影展展出。作品亦在柏林、伊斯坦堡、特拉維夫、俄羅斯、墨西哥、首爾、北京、深圳等國際重要城市發表。影像作品《即使她們從未相見》獲頒第35屆金穗獎最佳實驗片。
2018 NIU Jun-Qiang Solo Exhibition
Dates │ 2018.12.08 – 2019.01.20
Reception │ 2018.12.08 (Sat.) 4:30 p.m.
Venue │ TKG+ Projects (2F, No.15, Ln. 548, Ruiguang Rd., Neihu Dist., Taipei City 114, Taiwan）
Curator | FENG Hsin
Sponsors | Ministry of Culture / Department of Cultural Affairs Taipei City Government
How can we detect the aura in artworks? For art relies on the sense of sight heavily, questions about whether we still possess the ability to see and what we will see emerge after the sense of sight is removed from us. Aristotle once said, “…The reason is that this (sight), most of all the senses, makes us know and brings to light many differences between things.” Seeing is what we establish our own existence with as well as how we recognize self from others, and ultimately serves as the starting point for us to know the splendid universe.
NIU Jun-Qiang develops his works not only from revealing himself, but also his observation, decision and internalization during the process of creation. In the 2018 NIU Jun-Qiang Solo Exhibition, following the “fear” and “desire” touched in the 2015 NIU Jun-Qiang Solo Exhibition, the artist has transformed his experiences over the past three years and come to realize that“fear”itself is not“other”, but something we keep looking for to project to, by means of our unsettled heart and our nature. NIU takes it further and, with a more open-minded attitude, contemplates how faith guides people to find their own divinity and morality within to capture the coexistence of light and shadow. The status of “being blind” probed in the 2015 solo exhibition to the artist also went through a transformation in meaning. It does not simply relate to the physical aspect, , but moreover, the alternative existence of something once in visual form, just as “the existence of God” that NIU Jun-Qiang talks about in this solo exhibition.
NIU Jun-Qiang departed from “what God is”,“how God looks like”, and“how it feels like in His presence”and came up with a series of works in images. The conditions that are relative and yet reflective to each other, such as“emptiness”and“nothingness”,“blank”and“being”as well as“entity”and“eternity”, co-exist in this 2018 exhibition. NIU Jun-Qiang excels at showcasing indescribable, abstract perceptional experiences via image narrative. Through means of metaphor, audience will be slowly guided to an intricately-designed space. Residual or implied traces in the space, symbols and relationships that are indescribable in language shall become the portals for audience to pass through the consciousness and dive into the inner space of their own. Hence, the images created by NIU Jun-Qiang have been shifted from the visible to the ones that can only be imagined. The whole process works are like Jung’s Individuation Process. On one hand, the audience will be situated in a status where they see all the directions of the exhibition development via image narrative; on the other, the unconscious minds the audience that experience in these traces are reflected. The two consciously integrated levels enable the exhibition to go beyond content into space, and form an intercommunicating entity. Whether there lies the possibility of correlation between the intangible synesthesia in artistic experience and the abstract experiences in faith is the creation of NIU Jun-Qiang this time as well as the very core this exhibition intends to investigate.
NIU Jun-Qiang was born in 1983. He graduated with MFA in New Media Art from Taipei National University of the Arts. His artworks mainly focus on the video, experimental film, photography and mixed media installations.
Most of NIU’s recent artworks spring from the daily, ordinary life and the experiences involved in such. He has worked with many participants to narrate their past experiences for the creation of a more united, joint experience.
During the creative process, NIU has investigated and examined the incredible relations between humans who do not really meet face to face physically and the life consciousness from the individuals to groups. Rather than focus on the materialism, he attacks on such a notion and looks at what can be the really persistent, unchanged, in humanity’s lifetime. NIU Jun-Qiang’s artworks have been featured in the short film competition at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (the Netherlands), Pixilerations Tech Art Exhibition (USA) , the Aguilar International Short Film Festival (Spain), Tours Asian Film Festival (France), ARTchSO Video Festival in Rennes (France), Interdisciplinary Art Festival (Tokyo, Japan), It Takes Four Sorts: Cross-Strait Four-region Artistic Exchange Project (Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau), Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taipei Arts Awards in Taipei…etc. His works also had been showed in Berlin, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Mexico, Seoul, Beijing, Shenzhen.