"Several Ways to Believe", Video Art Exhibit by Taiwanese Artist Liu Yu
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"Several Ways to Believe", Video Art Exhibit by Taiwanese Artist Liu Yu

"Several Ways to Believe", Video Art Exhibit by Taiwanese Artist Liu Yu

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Gallery Opening Reception:
Thursday November 03, 6p.m. – 9p.m.
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Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles is pleased to announce its upcoming solo exhibition, “Several Ways to Believe,” presenting works by rising contemporary artist Yu Liu from Taiwan. The title prefaces her works with a focus on faith and belief, which aims to provoke a discussion on the potentiality of faith, as well as how it exists in various forms in our lives. The show will take place at Taiwan Academy LA from November 3rd, 2016 on through January 20th, 2017.

Born in 1985 and resided mainly in Taipei, Yu Liu is an artist who engages in many art-related productions and social activities. She grew up indulging in a great amount of movies/images, therefore all kinds of narratives, scripts, and fictional plots have become her approach towards this world. She has been pursuing an irrational, unusual, fantastic and accidental boundary-crossing experience through her works.

The boundaries and perception of faith are challenged in unique ways through her video art in this exhibit. “Predicting the Rest of Big Artists’ Lives” is a series of interviews with respected masters of fortune telling, during which each master unfolds the rest of the lives of a big name artist, such as Matthew Barney and Takashi Murakami.

“The Ship of Fools Mooring at the Train Station.” is a large dual-channel projection piece which pays homage to the German author Sebastian Brant’s work of the same title. Liu captures the intricacies and tales from within the homeless community at the Taipei Main Station. Her portrayal of the ‘friends of the street’ is genuine while being visually stunning. By giving them a voice to share their faith and worldview, Liu opens a window for the audience to reexamine our perception of the so-called “Ship of Fools".

The exhibit engages the blurred lines and gray areas regarding the concept of faith. It examines the consequences of established positions of power in religion, and how religion engages in assimilation and induces reliance.

The gallery at Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles is an unique venue for exquisite artwork from Taiwan, and hosts various events related to Taiwanese culture. Its mission is to enhance the mutual understanding and appreciation of cultures across diverse ethnic groups among the local communities.

你「信仰」什麼?你「相信」什麼?來自臺灣的當代新銳藝術家劉玗,運用多重影像,在洛杉磯台灣書院舉辦個展:「幾種相信的可能」,提供了「信仰/相信」的另類觀點。

本次個展內容包含兩系列作品:「預知大牌的餘生」以五段影像,呈現民間算命師以不同方式,為五位國際藝術大師算命的過程,啟發觀者對於「藝術機制」的想像;「停泊於車站的愚人船」,則是呼應15世界德國文學家巴斯蒂安‧布蘭創造的「愚人船」意象,從台北車站的流浪者形成的小社會中,探討文明與制度的不同形式。

這次展覽的作品中試圖處理那較模糊不清的地帶,亦或是透過創作驗證信仰中的諸多權力關係與重新調度信仰與人類的關係,多方印證人類是如何仰賴著各種形式的信仰,在生活的各種層面上與信仰形影不離。

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