ESLITE GALLERY is pleased to present Shida Kuo: Un/Form, De/Intellectualize from 20 June to 26 July 2020, featuring more than 30 works made between 1996 and 2020 by the New York-based Taiwanese artist. From early 'sculpture sketches,' sculptures of various sizes to new painting directions, these works show Kuo's purity and singularity in the hyperactive world of contemporary art. This is also the first solo exhibition ESLITE staged in its new space in eslite spectrum Songyan Store.
Untitled 13-05 and Untitled 17-01 are small works originally made for an exhibition in Kyoto, Japan, three years ago. Exuding a relaxed and pleasurable air, these works transport us back in history for a dialogue with ancient Japanese masters about ceramic art past and present. Untitled P 01-20 and Untitled P02-20, including others, reveal Kuo's new direction in painting, in which interaction between subject and space and unforeseen texture emerge. Somewhere between print, sculpture and painting, wall pieces such as Untitled SW-02 and Untitled SW-03 perhaps best exemplify Kuo's crossover versatility.
Contemporary art today is a dynamic world where fluxes of ideologies, '-isms,' concepts, ideas and philosophies converge to continuously challenge existing boundaries. Shida Kuo is no stranger to the latest trends and movements in the contemporary art world for having lived in New York for over thirty years and taught in the art department of New York University for more than two decades. However, it is never his intention to ride the wave but to submerge in a solitary quest that reaches deep into the subconsciousness to the source of creativity. 'This is where Eastern and Western cultures intrinsically differ. Western culture seeks objectivity through outward expressions, whereas Eastern culture focuses on subjectivity through inner cultivation of self,' observed Kuo. As such, his works arise from a laborious process involving at times a spoon to polish surfaces or sometimes a palette knife to build images, and passage of time is incorporated to give birth to ineffable yet intriguing inventions. In his practice, Kuo creates organic forms that are nonsensical and mystical, radiating originality that is genuinely his own.
Press release courtesy Eslite Gallery.