地址 / Address
11158台北市士林區福華路180號
No.180, Fuhua Rd., Shihlin Dist., Taipei City 11158
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+886-2834-5066
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The Black Sun—Poyen WANG solo exhibition

黑太陽 王博彥個展
Curatorial Statement
The sunlight outside of the windows falls down like a waterfall, while inside is shaded and quiet like a stone room in a cave. The ray of sun breaks in through a slit between curtains, almost like a rope, that can be used to recognize the things in the darkness. A black sun suspends in the sky. Such a black sun is not caused by an eclipse; instead, it exists the way it is like a deep black hole that also shines outwardly.
 
The Black Sun consists of a series of still and moving images made with 3D computer graphics. In the computer software, metal, plastic, wood and all kinds of natural and artificial materials are simulated in a way that mimics reality: the Index of Refraction of glass is 1.5, and of water is 1.33. Light and shadows, gravity and wind, natural phenomena are also governed by the law of physics. And Time is 24 frames a second. In this heterogeneous universe, even a black sun can illuminate the darkness. The vulnerability, anxiety and fear inside the deepest heart can be revealed and processed. As for the body, which is a platform for all sorts of sentiments in the physical world, here it is more like a metaphor, an avatar or an archetype, for the emotions to cling on or project onto. It is like the protagonist from Motojiro Kajii’s literature, the one who tells the story and the one in the story are the faces of the same person. The person in the story who holds a lemon symbolizing a grenade destroys a bookstore, which saves the person who tells the story in reality.
 
After moving back to Taiwan from the United States where I lived for three years, the cultural, psychological and physical rupture of being in a foreign place doesn’t recede, but grows and becomes even more obvious. As a result, I am able to remain a certain distance from the outside world, and gradually find a log to hold onto in a sea of meanings. Utilizing the duality in Motojiro Kajii’s literature as a framework, and further collecting vignettes from cinema, literature and art history, I blend them with my own lived experience to construct various tableaux. The ambiguous narrative in The Black Sun is both universal and personal; fictional and authentic; intimate and detached.
Artist
Poyen WANG
Born 1987, Taiwan poyenwang.com
 
Education
2017 MFA Computer Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2015 MFA New Media Art, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan
 
Solo Exhibitions
2020 The Black Sun, Taipei Digital Art Center, Taipei Taiwan
2018 Reprise, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA, United States
2018 An Obscure Silhouette, Flux Factory, Queens, NY, United States
2016 Saudade, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
 
Two-Person Exhibitions
2018 Atlas Portal, Taiwan Academy, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Group Exhibitions
2019 Elsewheres, Tributary Projects, Canberra, Australia
2019 Sai Ren Taiwan Contemporary Art Exhibition, Civic Art Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
2019 Expanded Experimental Animation Festival IV, Taipei Digital Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
2018 Made in Taiwan – Young Artist Discovery, Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
2018 Anything!, Flux Factory,Flux Factory, Queens, NY, United States
2017 Open (C)all: Truth, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY, United States
2017 Taipei Digital Art Festival: Conflux·Infinity, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan
2017 No Simple Highways, SVA Gramercy Gallery, New York, NY, United States
2017 New Moon Hotel, Venue, Taipei, Taiwan
2017 National Art Exhibition, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
2017 Fluid Horizons, SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY, United States
2017 Rewoven, El Museo de Los Sures/QCC Art Gallery, Brooklyn/Queens, NY, United States
2016 Animation goes MSU!, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
2016 Brokedown Palace, SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY, United States
2015 Screengrab International Media Arts Award, Pinnacles Gallery, Queensland, Australia
2015 National Art Exhibition, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
2015 FILE: Electronic Language International Festival, FIESP Cultural Center, São Paulo, Brazil
2015 Your Closed Eyes My Extinction, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
2015 Asia Digital Art Award Exhibition, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2014 Contemporary New Media Arts Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
2014 Trans N–As Practice of Transcendence, Fuzhong 15, New Taipei, Taiwan
2014 FILE: Electronic Language International Festival, FIESP Cultural Center, São Paulo, Brazil
2014 New Media Romance, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
Screenings
2017 Light Year 24: Passenger Moment, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn, NY, United States
2016 Backup Festival, Weimar, Germany
2016 Proceso de Error International Festival of Experimental Video, Valparaíso, Chile
2015 Backup Festival, Weimar, Germany
2015 International Video Art Festival of Camagüey, Camagüey, Cuba
2014 Vision and Beyond Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, Shenzhen, China
2014 Multivision International Festival of Animation Arts, St.Petersburg, Russia
2014 CutOut Fest International Animation Film and Digital Art Festival, Querétaro, México
2014 Animatou International Animated Film Festival, Geneva, Switzerland
2014 Videoholica International Video Art Festival, Varna, Bulgaria
Awards, Grants, Fellowships
2019 Selected, Taiwan Contemporary Artists Overseas Visit Program Fellowship, Tianmei Art Foundation, Taiwan
2018 Selected, Made in Taiwan – Young Artist Discovery, Art Taipei, Ministry of Culture, Taiwan
2018 Artist-in-Residency Abroad Grant (18th Street Arts Center), Ministry of Culture, Taiwan
2018 Artist in the Marketplace Fellowship, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, United States
2017 Gold Medal Award in New Media Art, National Art Exhibition, Taiwan
2017 Paula Rhodes Award, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, United States
2016 Selected, Digital Art Creation Project, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
2015 MFA Computer Art Award Grant, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, United States
2015 Fellowship of Government Sponsorship for Overseas Study, Ministry of Education, Taiwan
2015 Selected Award, Screengrab International Media Arts Award, Australia
2015 Selected Award in New Media Art, National Art Exhibition, Taiwan
2014 Excellence Award in Moving Images, Asia Digital Art Award, Japan
2014 Artistic Creation Award in Sound and Image, S-An Cultural Foundation, Taiwan
 
Residencies
2019 Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taipei, Taiwan
2018 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA, United States
2018 Flux Factory, Queens, NY, United States
 
Commissions
2014 Hallucination, Contemporary New Media Arts Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
Public Collections
Art Bank Taiwan, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
 
Talks
2018 Taiwan Academy, Los Angeles, CA, United States
2020.02.08-03.07
Venue
DIGITAL ART CENTER, TAIPEI
(No.180, Fuhua Rd., Shihlin Dist., Taipei City)
Opening & Guided Tour
Date:2020.02.08 Sat. 15:00
 
Projection Mapping Workshop
Date:2020.02.22 Sat. 14:00-18:00
 
Artist Talk
Date:2020.02.29 Sat. 14:00
Artists:Poyen WANGXJhen-Kai WANG