On its second floor, Winsing Art Place has a bookstore, where it houses an interior tone of pure white and dark steel rotating ladders. There are arc elements running across the entire space. The simple but elegant design gives the Place a vibe of rich intellect and solemn serenity. Since its trial operation in February, the Art Place combined the bookstore and the open style café in the first floor to encourage a dialogue between the reading behavior and people, and between environment and people's daily life. Winsing Art Place Atelier, the last piece of the puzzle, officially opened on July 13th, 2019. If the bookstore embraces such spirit that "reading is freedom", then the Atelier makes a further move to unlock the virtuous influences of art, setting off people's sporadic encounters with beauty in a quiet corner of the city.
Ms. Jenny Yeh is the Chairperson of the Winsing Arts Foundation. She had long been sponsoring and promoting aesthetics education. She also regards art as an essence in her business and a mission of her company. Ms. Yeh said: "Winsing Art Place is a dream that I had starting ten years ago. Along my career in the construction industry, the dream began to take its shape. Since 2011, we sponsored various projects including collaborations with the National Culture and Arts Foundation and Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei; we also participated the restoration of Wang Da-Hong's residential house and the operation of the DH Café, all in line with the founding wish of Winsing Art Place to trigger the society's passion about art and to close the gap between contemporary art and people's daily life. Finally, at a mature timing, Winsing Art Place was born early this year. It will become a platform to nourish humanities, design and art. It also serves as a city's desire of being connected with beauty.
The space setting of the Winsing Art Place Atelier has been to demonstrate contemporary art and to explore the infinite possibilities of art. In support of the opening of the Atelier, the first master level exhibition is Desire, a 2017 artistic work by Doug Aitken, a famous contemporary American artist. Forged from aluminum and stainless steel, the sculpture composed of mirrors and letters is named "Desire". The work features the concept of projection that derives from motion pictures. The viewer interacts with the sculpture from the angle of his or her environment. And the randomly placed three-dimensional letters produce similar effects like the split-screen of motion pictures, through the co-existing segments, leading the viewer into a world where time, space and memory collide with each other and create new narratives and interactions between screens.
Doug Aitken transforms language into a structured object. Viewing his work from various angles gives the viewer a three-dimensional reading experience of space and self.
Seated at the bottom of the Atelier's space, Desire attracts viewers with its colossal existence not to be ignored. However, the giganticness does not come from the quantitative fact that it weighs 300 kilograms and has a height of 282 centimeters. Rather, it projects a multi-angle interaction between the space and the viewer. Each of its changing images is a manifesto of vastly soundless space, also the viewer's long gaze on Desire.
Press release courtesy Winsing Art Place.