BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Queensborough Community College’s art gallery is hosting a full-scale exhibition of Taiwanese works that utilize everything from fiber and foam core to celluloid film and test tubes.
The exhibit— which is being held in collaboration with New York’s Taiwanese American Arts Center, Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum— is titled “Rewoven: Innovative Fine Art” and includes 24 works from both Taiwanese and New York artists.
Works in the exhibit include a wedding gown made from foam core, sculpture mask made of casting paper and delicate mobile made from celluloid film. Some of the other unique pieces include “Glass Orchestra,” which is made from test tubes and t-pins, and “Pollution Solution,” which is made of strips cut from aluminum cans. The QCC Art Gallery describes the exhibit as a “powerful, enchanting dialogue, a reimagining and rediscovery of prosaic materials that addresses the endangered Earth.”
“Their works naturally display extreme creativity in intuiting and formulating laws to redefine and reshape ‘fiber art’ ideas, practice and content,” said Luchia Meihua Lee, who is the executive director of the Taiwanese American Arts Council and curator of the exhibition. “They prosecute a provocative reweaving, more profound than intimated by the term ‘reweaving’.”
Lee said that she is looking forward to exploring the ‘Innovative Fiber Art’ concept with Queensborough’s students and faculty.
“I value our multi-ethnic community and college and their conceptions of the world,” Lee said.
The artwork was chosen by the curatorial team of Tseng Fangling and Chien Cheng-Yi from the Kaohsiung Museum, Luchia Meihua Lee from the Taiwanese American Arts Council, Faustino Quintanilla from the QCC Art Gallery and Amy Winter from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.
“It is essential to establish such cultural exchanges, so that we can share powerful sensibilities that challenge the viewer to see these works not as exhibits, but as questions to solve— to discover these objects changing rhythmically, vibrating with tension and reinventing their forms,” Quintanilla said.
Dr. Lung Fong Chen, president of the Taiwanese American Arts Council, and Thomas Chen and Patrick Huang, TAAC co-founders, facilitated the exhibit to celebrate a mutual understanding among the diverse communities of Queens.
The collaborative project will be on display at the QCC Art Gallery until June 17, at QC’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum from April 6 through May 26 and at El Museo de Los Sures in Brooklyn from April 18 to June 30.
While the Queensborough display will feature 24 Taiwanese and New York based artists, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum will exhibit work by 10 Taiwanese artists, including Chen Ching-Lin, Hsu Wei-Hui, Huang Mei-Hui, Teresa Huang, Huang Wen-Ying, Pan Ping-Yu, Wu Pei-Shan, Wu Yun-Feng, Yang Wei-Lin and Wen-Fu Yu.
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