Mind Set Art Center is launching the newest works by artist Tang Jo-Hung. The presentation is set to run from April 23, 2022 through May 20, at the gallery’s Project Room. This is Tang’s latest showing since his 2021 solo exhibition “Ballade”.
Tang has always infused his paintings with theatrical elements. The figures on his canvas often stimulate our imagination for fictional realms and characters. The upcoming show presents his five newest paintings, the standout of which is a 2.5-meter-wide diptych named “Skating by the Lake”. The work consists of two paintings placed side by side, yet they do come together coherently to form a larger work. The artists used similar brush strokes, color palettes and forms on both canvases.
However, a closer look reveals the finer differences between two: a giant tree dominates the frame on the left. Its tree trunk is filled with marvelously descriptive details, and everywhere the branches connect presents a change in colors or brush style. These seemingly irrational changes come together to form its own unique visual language. In the lower portion of the canvas, a gentleman sits and waits at the tree trunk, wearing a top hat and holding a cane, with his boots point toward the lake and his face illuminated by the light glowing from his phone screen.
The lake is a fascinating mixture of black, grey, blue and purple, with tumbling waves in the distance. Meanwhile, a colossal pink figure wearing roller skates is gliding across the lake in the frame on the right.
About the Artist
Born 1975 in Taipei, Taiwan, Tang Jo-Hung currently lives and works in Taipei. He graduated with BA. from Department of Fine Arts, Tunghai University in 1998. In 2002, he received his MFA. from University of Salamanca in Spain (Máster del Arte de la Universidad de Salamanca), and was granted the prestigious Premio San Marco premiere award in the same year. He received the first prize at the 22nd Kaohsiung Awards in 2005, Liao Chi-Chun Oil Painting Award in 2008, and the First Prize of Taipei Arts Awards in 2016. Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts held a solo exhibition for Tang in 2018, and Taipei Fine Arts Museum is to host Tang’s solo exhibition Old Man·Fairy·And A Bit Of Everything in 2019.
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