Art Exhibit from Taiwan, on Taiwan Opens Jan. 15

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University’s Department of Art will host “Taiwan: From Within the Mist,” Jan. 15-Feb. 9 in the Illges Gallery in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Columbus.

The exhibition features oil painting, sculpture, installation, documents, conceptual art, video and multimedia creations by 21 artists from Taiwan. The works reflect Taiwanese society and its rapidly growing economy coupled with new communication technologies since the 1987 lifting of martial law.

Hao-Yuan LU’s “Family 003” (Oil on Canvas, 2004)The opening reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the gallery, and the exhibition can be viewed during regular gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Both are free.

CSU is one of four North American stops for the exhibition, which will return to Taiwan for a homecoming show. The tour is funded by the Council for Cultural Affairs in Taiwan and co-organized by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and the Taipei Cultural Center in New York.

According to a press release for the tour, contemporary art movements “are proving to be among the most spectacular” in the history of Taiwan as they address changes in society, interpretations of cultural phenomena and inner exploration of the self. Artists are examining “the big picture of society, politics, culture and history at the same time they probe the micro-world of individuality, family, the body, desire and everyday life as viewed from a spiritual perspective.”

In his catalogue essay, exhibition curator Charles Liu reflects on the Internet as changing the world into a borderless society. “From the Internet locale of “non-place” evolves a ‘non-community’ society, a ‘non-nation’ country and even a ‘non-culture’ civilization,” he said. “The exhibit focuses on three key themes: politics and history, the society and ecology, and the body and thought. The results represent a lively debate on Taiwan’s place within globalization.”

The Corn Center is located at 6 West 10th Street, (use Front Avenue entrance). For more information, call 706-507-8300.