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Art Taipei 2018 Ocula Report Art Taipei 2018 10 November 201810 Nov 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

'There is nothing more boring than the story of decline,' a journalist remarked at an art criticism panel I attended the evening before making the trip to see Art Taipei (26–29 October 2018). As I attended the opening night of Asia's oldest art fair, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, those words rang in my head. Wandering up and down...

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Charwei Tsai Ocula Conversation Charwei Tsai

Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai's memorising and compulsive writing of the Heart Sutra—a Buddhist scripture that distills the wisdom of impermanence—is at the heart of her practice. Over the past ten years, Tsai has moved from writing to drawing, photography, and film—a selection of which is being presented at the Centre for Chinese...

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Crush at Para Site: What if you couldn’t have it? Ocula Report Crush at Para Site: What if you couldn’t have it? 10 November 201810 Nov 2018 : Hera Chan for Ocula

Drawn on paper by Oscar Chan Yik Long in gestural black ink strokes, Cupid (2015) greets visitors with a sinister toothy smile as they enter Para Site. The strikingly fearsome figure is positioned on the wall of the gallery's entrance, near one of Chen Dandizi's vertical neon tube lights, part of the series 'Tick Away' (2015), along which a...

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Robert Owen is an Australian artist who uses several media, including painting, sculpture, installation, and photography. His long, successful career in art began when he studied sculpture at the National Art School in Sydney, graduating with honours in 1962. Since then Owen has gone on to exhibit both in Australia and overseas, living and working in Greece in the early 1960s and London until 1975. Robert Owen currently resides and works in Melbourne, Australia.

Owen is particularly interested in the potentially expressive qualities of space, colour, materials, light and shadow as devices and vehicles for carrying thoughts, concepts, and ideas linked to the experience of presence and poetic response. There is no desire for a narrative, yet neither do his works exist purely as formal composition. His 2005 Sunrise #3 (from his Origami series) is a vibrant, geometric work that spans several walls. It can be flipped, inverted, and moved to create new compositions, creating a kinetic, ever-changing perceptual field, allowing for a breadth of new responses.

Solo exhibitions of Owen’s work include Burano Colour Works, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (1979); Trace of a Silent Bell, Palais du Rhin, Strasbourg France (1988); Sunrise, Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea (1992); and Different Lights Cast Different Shadows, The 2nd Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Project, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2004). Notably, he represented Australia (with John Davis and Ken Unsworth) at the 38th Venice Biennale in 1978, and was awarded the John Moore’s Liverpool Exhibition 7 UK Prize in 1969. More recently Owen received the Australian Council Visual Arts/Crafts Emeritus Award in 2003, for his service to the visual arts.

Robert Owen has also been commissioned for a number of works in public spaces, often working with acclaimed architects. With the Webb Bridge project in Melbourne, which received international acclamation and awards, Owen collaborated with Denton Corker Marshall. The work was inspired by an Aboriginal eel trap.

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