Taiwanese painter Hsaio Chu-Fang explores Brazil in IT Park solo – picture post

TAIWANESE CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION

In her recent solo show “What?!” at Taipei gallery IT Park Hsiao Chu-Fang exhibited a large body of work which, demonstrative of her unique aesthetic, was the result of a recent artist residency in Brazil.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'What About', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 28cm,in 'What?!' at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy of IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'What About', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 28cm, in "What?!" at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy IT Park.

In 2010 Hsiao Chu-Fang was awarded an Artist-in-resident Program at the Instituto Sacatar in Salvador, Brazil and the body of work exhibited at IT Park draws on this experience.

Ardent but down-to-earth, the local people of Brazil are full of humour and enjoy wearing fluorescent, bright and sometimes saturated colors. This, of course, is very eye-catching [and] original, and I integrated this sort of energy into my work.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'Painting in Brazil - SUPERSTAR', 2010, acrylic on canvas, in 'What?!' at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy of IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'Painting in Brazil - SUPERSTAR', 2010, acrylic on canvas, in "What?!" at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'Painting in Brazil - DONT EAT ME', 2010, acrylic on canvas, 22x16cm, in 'What?!' at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy of IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'Painting in Brazil - DONT EAT ME', 2010, acrylic on canvas, 22x16cm, in "What?!" at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy IT Park.

Since graduating in 2004, Hsiao Chu-Fang has exhibited in many group shows and has had a string of solo shows. Despite the obvious influence of her experience in Brazil on her painting, What?!” is typical of her oeuvre: her works are composed of bold color plains dominated by simplified forms.

The series carries an underlining theme of domesticity; even the exhibition title points to her fascination with the ordinary.

My creative inspiration comes from moments and objects from everyday life, and so too does the proposition of this work originate from a conversational line or an opening phrase extracted from our daily lives. In fact, this work gradually reflects various experiences of simply living. The work shows inconspicuous details, over-exaggerated news, soap operas, native dialogue, local accents, and also many different emotions and expressions.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'Painting in Brazil - NO CARROT', 2010, acrylic on canvas, 27 x 35cm, in 'What?!' at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy of IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'Painting in Brazil - NO CARROT', 2010, acrylic on canvas, 27 x 35cm, in "What?!" at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'Yellow Chair', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 26 x 23cm, in 'What?!' at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy of IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'Yellow Chair', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 26 x 23cm, in "What?!" at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'See Me #2', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 75 cm,in 'What?!' at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy of IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'See Me #2', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 75 cm,in "What?!" at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'Sha Shi Candy', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 17.5cm,in 'What?!' at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy of IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'Sha Shi Candy', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 17.5cm, in "What?!"at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'Yo Hu', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40cm, 112 x 145.5cm, in 'What?!' at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy of IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'Yo Hu', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40cm, 112 x 145.5cm,in "What?!" at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'Painting in Brazil - DOG', 2010, acrylic on canvas, 15.8 x 10cm, in 'What?!' at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy of IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'Painting in Brazil - DOG', 2010, acrylic on canvas, 15.8 x 10cm, in "What?!" at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'See Me #1', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 79cm, in 'What?!' at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy of IT Park.

Hsiao Chu-Fang, 'See Me #1', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 79cm, in "What?!" at IT Park, Taipei. Image courtesy IT Park.

Taiwanese artist Hsiao Chu-Fang graduated in 2008 from the Tainan National University of the Arts with a Masters in Plastic Arts. She also holds a Bachelor of Education In Fine Arts and Craft Education that she received in 2004 from the National Hsinchu Teachers College. Throughout her artistic career Hsiao Chu-Fang has been the recipient of many prestigious art prizes such as both the 2004 and 2007 S-An Esthetics Prize and the 2007 Taipei Arts Awards.

Fang’s solo show “What?!” was exhibited from 4 June to 2 July 2011 at Taipei contemporary art gallery IT Park.

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