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The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA Ocula Report The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA 18 Jan 2019 : Perwana Nazif for Ocula

The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (9 December 2018–23 June 2019) is billed as the first comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organised by a U.S. museum, with around 240 works—including decorative objects, textiles, photographs, and historical works from the museum's own collection of Sri Lankan...

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Ellen Pau Ocula Conversation Ellen Pau Artist

A radiographer by training, Ellen Pau is a self-taught artist who emerged from Hong Kong's fledgling contemporary art scene of the late 1980s, when video was a comparatively nascent medium. In 1986, Pau co-founded Videotage—a non-profit organisation that specialises in the promotion and preservation of video and new media art. Pau has an...

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Singapore Art Week: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Singapore Art Week: Exhibitions to See 18 Jan 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

S.E.A. Focus, the new boutique art fair by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, will take centre stage during this year's Singapore Art Week (19–27 January 2019). Running between 24 and 27 January 2019, 26 galleries will participate in the inaugural edition, showcasing modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art within a pop-up structure in...

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Chen Chieh-jen

b. 1960, Taiwan

From 1983 to 1986, Chen challenged the limits of expression under the Martial Law system and the conservative art establishment with guerrilla-style performance art and underground exhibitions. After martial law was lifted in 1987, Chen stopped producing art for eight years. During this period he was supported by his brother who worked as a street vendor and started to examine his family history and the military court and prison, ordnance works, industrial areas and illegal shanty areas in the environment where he grew up. Chen also explored the trajectory of Taiwan's modern history; from colonial domination, the Cold War/Martial Law period, and Taiwan’s time as a key base in global capitalist production; to its gradual transformation into a consumer society, entry into the neoliberal global infrastructure after the end of martial law, and variations in zeitgeist under Taiwan's status as a state of exception in international politics.
 

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A Field of Non-Field 中空之地 by Chen Chieh-jen contemporary artwork Chen Chieh-jenA Field of Non-Field 中空之地, 2017 Colour photo, archival quality photo paper
109 x 174 cm
Lin & Lin Gallery
Constellation of Images 圖像星叢 by Chen Chieh-jen contemporary artwork Chen Chieh-jenConstellation of Images 圖像星叢, 2017 Black and white photo, archival quality photo paper
105 x 170 cm
Lin & Lin Gallery
Notes on the Twelve Karmas 十二因緣-思考筆記 by Chen Chieh-jen contemporary artwork Chen Chieh-jenNotes on the Twelve Karmas 十二因緣-思考筆記, 1999-2000 / re-edited 2018 DV transferred to blu-ray disc, black and white, silent, single channel video
Lin & Lin Gallery
Star Chart 星辰圖 by Chen Chieh-jen contemporary artwork Chen Chieh-jenStar Chart 星辰圖, 2017 Black and white photo, archival quality photo paper
36.28 x 52 cm
Lin & Lin Gallery
A Field of Non-Field 中空之地 by Chen Chieh-jen contemporary artwork Chen Chieh-jenA Field of Non-Field 中空之地, 2017 Blu-ray disc, b/w and colour, sound, single-channel video
Lin & Lin Gallery
Visualization of Inkblots III 墨跡觀想圖-參 by Chen Chieh-jen contemporary artwork Chen Chieh-jenVisualization of Inkblots III 墨跡觀想圖-參, 2014-2018 Acrylic on asphalt laminated paper and corrugated fiberboard
75.5 x 100 cm
Lin & Lin Gallery
Visualization of Inkblots-II 墨跡觀想圖-貳 by Chen Chieh-jen contemporary artwork Chen Chieh-jenVisualization of Inkblots-II 墨跡觀想圖-貳, 1990-2018 il and oil coloured pencil on asphalt laminated paper and kraft paper
75.5 x 100 cm
Lin & Lin Gallery
Wind Songs-1 風入松-1 by Chen Chieh-jen contemporary artwork Chen Chieh-jenWind Songs-1 風入松-1, 2015 B/W photo, archival quality photo paper
43.8 x 60.5 cm
Lin & Lin Gallery

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Chen Chieh-jen, Happiness Building I at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
Closed
18 December 2012–28 February 2013 Chen Chieh-jen Happiness Building I Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

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On May 21, Taiwanese artist and filmmaker Chen Chieh-jen received the prestigious Artist of the Year honor at the Award of Art China (AAC) ceremony in Beijing. In its 12th year, AAC is an annual award founded by Chinese art media group Artron, recognizing the best of contemporary art within Greater China. Chen was presented with a trophy for his...

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Shanghai Art Show Asks: For The World'S No.2 Economy, What Now? Related Press Shanghai Art Show Asks: For The World'S No.2 Economy, What Now? James T. Areddy for The Wall Street Journal / 24 November 2014 : 25 November 2014

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