Leslie Sun’s Top Picks – ART TAIPEI 2017

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ART TAIPEI 2017, the most prominent fair in Taiwan, will start welcoming its guests and all the art lovers from 20th October – 23rd October, 2017. To give our readers an early glimpse of the fair, CoBo invites Leslie Sun to share her top picks from ART TAIPEI 2017 with us.

Leslie Sun (孫怡) is the founder and director of SUNSET shop and SUNSET PROJECTS, with the former being an experimental lifestyle space in Taipei, and the latter catering to art and design events. An active participant in the international art scene, Leslie leads an interdisciplinary lifestyle, crossing over fashion, art, and design. She has been collecting for more than a decade, focusing primarily on Western contemporary art. Leslie received her Bachelors in business from USC in 2001, and her MFA from CalArts in 2006. She is currently based in Taipei.

 

 

Liu Wei 劉偉
肖像 – 姥姥  Portrait – Grandma
Oil on canvas with frame, 128 x 108.4 cm 油彩 ‧ 畫布連框
Lin & Lin Gallery (Taipei, Taiwan)
Galleries Section – Booth H01


Leslie’s take on the work: 
I LOVE this series where he includes the frame as part of his painting.


About the work:
劉煒顛覆以往西方傳統的「肖像畫」表現形式。在此傳統形式中挑戰自我,試圖將西方的題材東方化。 人物的描寫上,有別於西方傳統寫實肖像畫的加法堆疊方式,劉煒以減法的方式不斷的消解畫中人像,在看是平淡的人像中,卻能發現東方藝術中如同墨色般特有的微妙變化,最後再以筆墨的線條勾勒出人物輪廓,東方的飛白線條盡顯畫中。 劉煒並不滿足僅僅於畫面上的處理,更進一步的將巴洛克式的金色外框,畫成淡雅又曖昧的粉白色調,創造出劉煒獨特的東方肖像畫。

 

 

Tony Cragg
Red Square
Bronze
Nou Gallery (Taipei, Taiwan)
Galleries Section – Booth A01


About the work:
環繞著雕塑的縫隙,引領觀者向內窺伺並進一步探索內部空間。其內部有無窮無盡的空間及能量,作品扭曲的形狀正是這個空間的內爆所造成的。

 

 

Lee U-Fan 李禹煥
From Point 1-4, From Line 1-4

(set of 8, each work is 1st of 50 editions)
Lithograph, frame
TEZUKAYAMA GALLERY (Osaka, Japan)
Galleries Section – Booth H11

 

 

Javier Leon Perez
Ayuno No.5
Japanese paper, acrylic box
Puerta Roja (Hong Kong)
Galleries Section – Booth J02


Leslie’s take on the work:
 There’s a juxtaposition between the artist’s obsession with detail and the freedom he gives material to take its form. But even with the obsessive details the piece is very soothing to look at.


About the work:
In his three-dimensional works, small elements of carefully folded Japanese paper interweave with each other tracing a dance, drawing the viewer into a parallel reality. Viewer’s eyes explore the surface and discover differences in density, quantity, as well as the games of light and shadow.

 

 

Yih-Han Wu 吳逸寒
Untitled
Oil on canvas
Aki Gallery (Taipei, Taiwan)
Galleries Section – Booth F07


Leslie’s take on the work:
I’m slightly disturbed by this painting, but thats also what makes the work interesting. It’s very mentally engaging: like this girl could be me; how old is she?; what is that hand doing there? etc.


About the work:
“I am completely fascinated by the Grotesque style and delicate Surface texture of the Northern Renaissance and Flemish Renaissance. Lucas Cranach, Hans Holbein the Younger, Rogier van der Weyden, etc. were all Great masters that I am learning from”, said WU Yih-Han. As we are attracted by the smooth gesso priming, applying transparent technique and overlay glazing to create bright, delicate texture similar to the atmosphere of Weyden’s or Cranach’s painting, WU, Yih-Han starts to create new watercolor series with her wild and free soul recently and makes use of elements from western classical paintings. She sees these two totally different processes of painting as a tool to approach the cruel reality, and now she is getting closer to the core of life.

 

San Yu 常玉
Man with Mustache
Asia Art Center (Taipei, Taiwan)
Galleries Section – Booth F07

 

 

MARCK
Black & White
Bluerider ART (Taipei, Taiwan)
Galleries Section – Booth F06


Leslie’s take on the work: 
MARCK’s work often includes a dialogue between moving images and material. Every part of the work is planned out: it’s very engaging to the viewer and there’s always something that surprises me.

 

 

Yan Pei-Ming 嚴培明 
Grey Young Frida Kahlo sitting on a chair
Oil on canvas
Massimo De Carlo Gallery (Milan, Italy / Hong Kong)
Galleries Section – Booth C01


Leslie’s take on the work: 
The artist is a master of portraits, and I am especially drawn to this one because it’s somehow softer, and hauntingly beautiful.

 

 

Chuang Chih Wei 莊志維 
Boys Don’t Cry
黑色油漆,膠合玻璃,LED,金屬
Soka Art (Taipei, Taiwan)
Galleries Section – Booth E03


Leslie’s take on the work: 
I got to know his work at the current MOCA Taipei exhibition. I love how he uses the idea of “scars” and light to address social issues.


About the work:
Boys don’t cry》是自2017年起的一系列新創作,主要的作品命題,在於轉化自我遭遇的生活不平等傷痕;傷痕的軌跡具有記憶性,它還是時間演化過程中的證據。作品試圖透過心理學中,對於社會角色理論(Social Role Theory)觀點的定位,來描述我們對於不同社會角色期待的影響下,所造成各種傷痕的軌跡!

一件作品曖昧的不清晰性,往往具有批判的意味。我利用兩個黑色幾何之間不同量體的拉鋸,讓作品看似帶有一種平等狀態,實則借代出社會角色定位中,存在著和諧卻又複雜的人際關係。而作品裝置幾何體積的黑色漆面上,無論是刻意或無意所造成刮擦或磨損的傷痕軌跡,在於啟動類似可觸動的視覺感知開關;帶有抽象且發光閃爍的線條,促成如繪畫作品中的光線作用一般,並指涉隱匿在社會從屬關係之間的暴力行為。

作品雖然為裝置,材料的載體也不屬於傳統的畫布,但《Boys don’t cry》更動線性風格原本作為區別構圖結構的功能,讓作品整體裡形式、光線與色彩三者的效應,執行如同平面繪畫在對物象觀察的描繪。作品在感受光的漸次變化中,複製現實的立體造形表現,表達構圖配置的明暗、飽和、對比等關係。除了傳遞社會不平等定位的議題之外,同時還企圖製作一種以裝置形式為基礎的結構,轉換與繪畫性風格之間的探討內容。

 

 

 

Yu-Ping Hsu 徐叡平 
Series of Prosthesis
Glass, silver, leather
Mu Mu Gallery (Tainan, Taiwan)
MIT Section – Booth M03


Leslie’s take on the work: 
The idea of prosthesis may seem heavy to many, but the artist dealt with the subject matter in organic sculptural forms that are actually quite romantic.

 

 

teamLab
Chrysanthemum Tiger
Digital work, single channel (4K)
Ikkan Art Gallery (Singapore)
Frontier Section – Booth R05


Leslie’s take on the work: 
I’m a huge fan of teamLab!! Any room can be drastically transformed with their artwork, there’s a real presence and power. I think they definitely took digital art to the next level.

 

 

Takumi Kama
Drawer of Sea Turtle
Acrylic on Canvas
COMBINE/BAMI gallery (Kyoto, Japan)
Future Section – Booth P05


Leslie’s take on the work: 
I like the playfulness of this piece. Its also a bit surreal to see animals placed on a shelf. I’m also a collector of many things, so I like to see random and unexpected knick knacks “collected” in peculiar ways.

 

 

Follow Leslie Sun’s instagram to get more update from ART TAIPEI 2017.
Also check out CoBo’s article on 10 top collectors you may meet at ART TAIPEI 2017.

 

 

ART TAIPEI 2017 台北國際藝術博覽會
20th October – 23 October, 2017
Taipei World Trade Center Hall One 台北世界貿易中心一館

 

 

About ART TAIPEI
Featuring premium and visionary collectors from home and abroad, finest art from Northeast to Southeast Asia, and high-quality service, facilities, and space design, ART TAIPEI will come back to Taipei World Trade Center during October 20-23, 2017. ART TAIPEI, executed by the professional team with over 20 years of experience, aims to present a top-tier art feast in its 2017 edition by integrating local resources, showcasing best galleries in the world, and exploring global art trends. With the highlight of art in Asia, ART TAIPEI 2017 will surely display a multifaceted and fabulous show.

 


 

Leslie Sun (孫怡) is the founder and director of SUNSET shop and SUNSET PROJECTS, with the former being an experimental lifestyle space in Taipei, and the latter catering to art and design events. An active participant in the international art scene, Leslie leads an interdisciplinary lifestyle, crossing over fashion, art, and design. She has been collecting for more than a decade, focusing primarily on Western contemporary art. Leslie received her Bachelors in business from USC in 2001, and her MFA from CalArts in 2006. She is currently based in Taipei.

 

 

 
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