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An Uncanny Tomorrow - Yuan Goang-Ming Solo Exhibition An Uncanny Tomorrow - Yuan Goang-Ming Solo Exhibition
An Uncanny Tomorrow - Yuan Goang-Ming Solo Exhibition
The "Apartment of Art" is pleased to present the latest of Yuan Goang-Ming’s lens-based work in the exhibition An Uncanny Tomorrow-Yuan Goang-Ming Solo Exhibition. Comprising videos, photographs, and a kinetic installation, this solo exhibition revolves around the concept of dwelling, examining man’s relationship with the environment, and the profound impact they have on one another. Through a careful wielding of video techniques and film theories, Yuan challenges viewers’ perception of reality, and transforms quotidian imagery into a poignant critique of the status quo in Taiwan.

Dwelling (2014), a looping video piece inspired by German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), captures the serene living room of a middle-class household that explodes and returns intact. Heidegger believed that harmony among the sky, earth, divinities, and man is key in peaceful dwelling of mankind. This belief is the starting point for Yuan’s own inquiry into human existence. Inspired by marriage, children, and domestic life, Yuan bases his art practice in the concept of home, with a focus on the abandoned and the fleeting, highlighting a lurking sense of anxiety in the mundane.

Turning his gaze from the domestic to the public domain, Yuan takes viewers on a journey around Taiwan in video piece Landscape of Energy (2014), from abandoned residential properties in Taichung, to an elementary school on Orchid Island, from the crowded South Bay of Pingtung that neighbors the nuclear power plants, to a simulated control room inside the plant. Juxtaposing the inhabitants with intangible danger of nuclear energy, Yuan questions the possibility of peaceful dwelling.

Critiquing the current political climate in Taiwan, video piece The 561st Hour of Occupation (2014) documents the Sunflower Movement, a student-led Taiwanese protest movement which opposes any trade deals with Beijing before an official cross-strait watchdog is established. Students-occupied Legislative Yuan became the subject under scrutiny through Yuan’s camera lens. Despite his apparent detachment from the scene, Yuan voices through this work his discontent with the failing state and his concern about the future of the people.

Wu Dar Kuen; Curator
Wu Dar Kuen, Curator und Artist is member of the artist collective VTartsalon in Taipei. Since 5 years he mainly works as a curator. He was chief curator of the Kuandu Art Museum in Taipei and since late 2014 he is Director of the Art residency program of Taipei city: Taipei artist village and Treasure Hill. Wu Dar Kuen will be present at the opening.

Yuan Goang-Ming; Artist
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, 1965, Yuan Goang-Ming is a pioneer of video art in Taiwan. Since working with video in 1984, he has received a Master’s degree in Media Art from the Academy of Design, Karlsruhe (1997). He is now one of the foremost Taiwanese artists active in world of International Media Art, with a background of comprehensive media art training. He currently holds a post as the Assistant Professor at the New Media Arts program of Taipei National University of Arts.

Combining symbolic metaphors with technological media, his work eloquently expresses the state of contemporary existence and profoundly explores the human mind and consciousness. In 1992, his work Fish on a Dish was shown to great acclaim in Taiwanese art circles, while The Reason for Insomnia (1998) captured the attention of international audiences. City Disqualified (2002) holds a place in the history of Taiwanese contemporary media art. These works are still being exhibited around the world.

After 2007, Yuan has been exploring new possibilities for video art. Disappearing Landscape (2007) opens with a new format of moving images, combining video art and cinema, displaying the fascinating theatrical-everyday. The upcoming exhibition Before Memory, which will be on view in 2011, combines many years of his in-depth ideas towards moving images, using simultaneous projections and other methods in exhibiting large works of “time and memory,” “body and perception.”

Yuan has been invited by major art museums, art centers and galleries to participate in various exhibitions across Asia, Europe, and America. Among these include: Representing Taiwan in the 50th Venice Biennale (Taiwan Pavilion), 010101: Art in Technological Times at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, ICC Biennal (1997) in Japan, Guangzhou Triennial (2005) in China, Liverpool Biennial (2004) in United Kingdom, Auckland Triennial (2004) in New Zealand, Singapore Biennale (2008), Taipei Biennial (1998, 1996, 1992), and Gwangju Biennale (2002) in South Korea. His work is collected by art museums domestic and abroad, in private collection and various organizations. He has also been on the Collections Committee of Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei Arts Award, Taipei County Arts Award, Public Art, Venice Biennale (Taiwan Pavilion) and the juror of Asia Society Arts Award in the United States.
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