LAI Chih-Sheng─SCENE

LAI Chih-Sheng─SCENE LAI Chih-Sheng─SCENE LAI Chih-Sheng─SCENE LAI Chih-Sheng─SCENE LAI Chih-Sheng─SCENE LAI Chih-Sheng─SCENE

Exhibition Period
13 Jun 2015 - 26 Jul 2015
ESLITE GALLERY l No. 11, 5F, Songgao Road, Taipei 11073
Opening Hours
13 Jun 2015

Where is my work, and what have I been creating?
If an act could be used as an example, it should be analogous to the moment of
letting loose.

LAI Chih-Sheng

ESLITE GALLERY is delighted to present "Scene," a solo exhibition by LAI Chih-Sheng prior to his departure for this fall's Biennale de Lyon. Running from 13 June to 26 July, 2015, "Scene" exhibits a series of site-specific installations, sculpture and drawings based on LAI's experience as an artist-in-residence in Paris, 2014 and displays his longstanding investigation of space, time, and corporeality that often evokes reflective thinking and self-reference to the status quo.

LAI's minimalist work has always been the artist's consistent attempt to turn over our stereotypes of order, norms and reality. For instance, Scene, entitled the same as the exhibition, is a large installation/sculpture featuring a "ceiling" designed by LAI that's almost the same size as the showroom's with a mere 25cm gap from the wall around it. Topped with innumerable light bulbs and hung as low as 183cm above the floor, Scene gives out an enormously oppressive feel to participants walking under it. While darkness pervades the space, light flowing through the gap accentuates the lining of the surrounding walls as well as the rim of Scene, highlighting the dimension of the space and, more significantly, magnifying audience's corporeality and sense of presence.

In another showroom, the audience encounters Beyond Untitled, an installation in which the paint in a 240x680 cm section on the wall has been scrubbed off to reveal different layers of paint from past exhibitions all the way up to the first one held in the gallery (then a Michael Lin solo exhibition). Grey, white, pink, green, checkers, with each layer of paint exposed, LAI unearths six years of ESLITE GALLERY's exhibition history since its relocation to the current location in 2009. All the remnants from LAI's archaeological endeavor are also kept as part of this installation for representing the passage of time.

LAI's work concerns the return of the creative process to a quiet, simple and spiritual hint, as well as represents the artist's response to "how the world is a poem." By constantly drawing our attention to common or daily objects, from a simple hook, paint can, drawing paper to construction residues from making a work, LAI offers a unique point of view with which we could reinterpret current social norm thus discover more new possibilities. "Artistic practices are always based on reality. However, when we realize that the real world is heading in a certain direction, perhaps what an artist should do is anything but following the same course." Rebellious as it may sound, "Scene" in fact doesn't only confront the reality or is a mere interaction with space, as it could be as well interesting to just highlight and therefore becomes a hard look at the encounters (of everyday life), however minute, as they are.

LAI Chih-Sheng

LAI Chih-Sheng's work is not based on artistic technique but conceptual practice that imparts his audience a familiar yet new experience that is both immediate and poetic. Born in 1971 in Taipei, LAI's recent solo exhibitions include "An Exception to Reality—LAI Chih-Sheng" (ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, 2011), "Instant" (IT Park Gallery, Taipei, 2013). In 2012, his work Life-Size Drawing was invited to participate in "Invisible: Art of the Unseen 1957-2012" (Hayward Gallery, London, 2013). 


1971       Born in Taipei, Taiwan
1996      B.F.A., Department of Fine Arts, Taipei National Institute of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
2003     M.F.A., Institute of Plastic Arts, Tainan National College of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan


2015     "Scene", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

            "Room 1734", Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2013     "LAI Chih-Sheng: Instant", PROJECT ONE, Hong Kong, China
            "Instant", IT PARK, Taipei, Taiwan
2011      "An Exception to Reality: LAI Chih-Sheng", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2005     "1996 – 2005 Someday, Something and Someone", IT PARK, Taipei, Taiwan
2004     "Reality in the Sky", Domicile, Taipei, Taiwan
2001      "Between Art and Life", Paint House, Tainan, Taiwan 


2016      "If it be your will, that I speak no more", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

                "Aichi Triennale 2016_Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan", Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya City Art Museum,

                Nagoya city, Toyohashi city, Okazaki city, Japan

               "Delayed", NHCUE ART SPACE, Hsinchu, Taiwan

                "Untitled", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

                "NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE", NO SHOW MUSEUM, North America Tour – In 80 Days Across America

                 "Utopias and Heterotopias—Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition", Wuzhen Northern Silk Factory, Zhejiang, China

             "SILK ROAD INTERNATIONAL", AMNUA Internatinal Project II, AMNUA, Nanjing, China
2015      "At" Lai Chih-Sheng & Lee Kit, Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
             "The 13th Biennale de Lyon: La vie Moderne", Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France
             "Alice's Rabbit Hole–Everyday Life, Comprehensible and Incomprehensible", Taipei Fine Arts
             Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
             "Abstract on-site", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
             "A Hundred Years of Shame- Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations", Para Site,
             Hong Kong, China

2014      "The Pioneers of Taiwanese Artists, 1971-1980", National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung,

             "Bloom - Eslite Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

             "YES, TAIWAN - 2014 Taiwan Biennial", National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

             "Art for Oneself", TKG+, Taipei, Taiwan

             "The 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale: We have never participated", Shenzhen OCT Contemporary

             Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China

             "Margin Archive & Film Fest", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
             "Transcoding: The Geography of Digital Images", National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung,


             "NO SHOW MUSEUM", http://www.staging.noshowmuseum.ch

2013      "Mind on Forms", Mobile Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
             "Asia Cruise—Evidence", Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
             "Drawing·Expression and Limit", AMNUA, Nanjing, China
2012       "Invisible: Art of the Unseen 1957-2012", Hayward Gallery, London, UK

2011        "2nd Chongqing Biennale for Young Artists", Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing, China
              "The 2011 Material Language—Soil", Juming Museum, Taipai, Taiwan
2010       "Micro-Image", Ping Pong Art Space, Taipei; Paint House, Tainan, Taiwan
2009       "LOOKING UP! LOOKING DOWN!", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2008       "Ctrl Z", inFIDI space, Taipei, Taiwan
2006       "A Realm with No Coordinates", Hong Kong,China / Taipei, Tainan, Taiwan
2005       "Every Time", Nanhai Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2003       "Taipei Arts Award", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2002       "1st Tainan Biennial", Tainan Municipal Cultural Center, Tainan, Taiwan
2001        "Cross-cultural Project in Asia", Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Taipei, Chiayi,Taiwan /

               Hong Kong, Beijing, China
               "1st Taiwan Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition", Huashan Culture Park, Taipei, Taiwan
1999        "Nation Oxygen Group Exhibition Part I", Bali Abandoned House, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Nation Oxygen Group Exhibition Part II", Shin Leh Yuan Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Island, Penghu, Nation Oxygen", Penghu Islands, Taiwan
1996        "Interactive Experiment", Shanchi Abandoned Factory, Taipei, Taiwan


2014         Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

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