Exhibitions

SHIDA KUO: Shifting Lines and Evolving Forms

SHIDA KUO: Shifting Lines and Evolving Forms SHIDA KUO: Shifting Lines and Evolving Forms SHIDA KUO: Shifting Lines and Evolving Forms SHIDA KUO: Shifting Lines and Evolving Forms SHIDA KUO: Shifting Lines and Evolving Forms SHIDA KUO: Shifting Lines and Evolving Forms

Exhibition Period
11 Jun 2016 - 10 Jul 2016
Address
ESLITE GALLERY | 5F, No. 11 Songgao Road, Taipei 11073 Taiwan
Opening Hours
3-5pm, Saturday, June 11th

 

ESLITE GALLERY will present “SHIDA KUO: Shifting Lines and Evolving Forms” on 11 June, showing the artist’s twenty nine canvas works and sculptures. It has been six years since his last solo show at ESLITE GALLERY in 2010. During this interval, KUO continues searching for forgotten forms or creating new forms. Those patterns, crisscrossing and mutually inflating or compressing, appear on canvases and stands in two- or three-dimensional forms.

KUO does not employ realistic forms as creative subjects, which however have certain déjà vu quality. Some of his works make people smile, some quietly exist, and others are like flashing inspiration. They seem to embody the artist’s abstract thinking or feelings drifting here and there. The works thus invite viewers to experience, speculate on, and decode their mysteries. For instance, is it possible to consider Untitled No. 08-06 a piece of wineware, drunken and delighted, dancing to itself? Or, one may say that Untitled No. 15-05 is a plump woman raising her leg and doing yoga, while another people may regard it as a submarine raising a telescope above sea level, inspecting its surroundings.

Regarding his plane works, KUO opts for square canvases, and he doesn’t emphasize much about composition nor narrative content. As such, his works can be approached from a variety of angles without being visually distorted. Three artistic endeavors of his can be discerned since 2007: First, he keeps using the images resembling some flattened containers; the subjects are presented to contain internal space, like some hollowed ceramic sculptures, as illustrated by Untitled P02-15. Second, he addresses spatial and architectural forms on canvas and identifies space via simplest lines, as shown by Untitled P01-14. Third, he focuses on such basics as point, line, plane, texture, and material, without making narrative expression, for which Untitled P06-15 is a good example, since it introduces burlap between the acrylic paint and the canvas and thus highlights disparate visual effects of materials.  

Shida KUO’s creation, sculptures or canvas works, is his response to the primitive summoning from his inner self. Accordingly, his works appear both remote and familiar, natural and industrial, concrete and abstract, Eastern and Western—they feel intimate to us, yet they resist thorough interpretation. 

Shida KUO

Shida KUO was born in Taiwan in 1959; he received his master in sculpture from New York University in 1992 and continues to work in New York. KUO is in search of forms that have a basic, pre-linguistic relationship to our bodies, forms that are "repressed by our consciousness but are persistent in our veins".

The choice of material is integral to the concept of KUO's art. He intentionally uses clay and wood to maintain a deeply felt affinity with that which makes us human. KUO insists that each work is individual and refuses to create within the constraints of series; he also refuses to enforce a title onto his work. The best way to appreciate his art, according to the artist himself, is to "live with it for some time".

The paintings KUO exhibited along the sculptures are to be viewed as an extension of the ceramic works and a continuous exploration of interior spaces. KUO treats his paintings as "flat sculptures", a term which accent its three-dimensional feature. KUO blends fiber, mica powder, and sand into acrylic paint to explore new creative possibilities, he also uses oil pastels for fine processing on his "flat sculptures".

KUO's simplified earthenware forms, richly tactile, talismanic, dense and hermetic, seem to allude to ancient knowledge, to wordless secrets that may be revealed through contemplative touching of the object. "By combining the organic quality of nature with the psychological ambiguities of the inner self, I seek to create my own vocabulary of forms which convey a spiritual perspective."

1959

Born in Taiwan

1982

B.F.A., Fine Arts in Painting, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei,

 

Taiwan

1992

M.A., Department of Arts and Art Professions, New York University, New York

 

, USA

1993-

Adjunct Professor, Department of Arts and Art Professions at New York

 

University, New York, USA

2005-

Member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland

Now living and working in New York, USA

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016

“Shida KUO: Shifting Lines and Evolving Forms”, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei,

 

Taiwan

2014

“Primal Selection”, Sokyo Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

2010

ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2009

Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, USA

2007

“Shida KUO Solo Exhibition—Made in New York”, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei,

 

Taiwan

2006

NYU Gallery Space at Wagner, New York, USA

 

Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, USA

2005

ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2004

Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, USA

2001

Fine Metal Concept, New York, USA

2000

NYU 80WSE Gallery, New York, USA

1999

ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

1998

Gallery Mic Art, Lille, France

1993

Gallery 456, Chinese American Arts Council, New York, USA 

1992

NYU 80WSE Gallery, New York, USA

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

“NY, NY: Clay”, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, USA 

2015

“Head Space”, NYU Art Department, New York, USA 

 

“Green Room”, NYU Art Department, New York, USA 

 

“Arts Faculty Show”, NYU Pless Hall, New York, USA 

2014

“IAC members exhibition”, Dublin, Ireland

 

“TAAC Recognition: Taiwanese American Artists”, Queens Museum, New

 

York, USA 

2013

“Being Entangled with Paper: An International Survey of Works on / by / of /

 

with / from Paper”, Star Gallery, Beijing, China

 

Halcyon Gallery, Shanghai, China

 

“Material Spin”, NYU Art Department, New York, USA 

 

“Wrinkles of Time”, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2012

“New World: Timeless Visions”, Membership Show of the International

 

Academy of Ceramics, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

“Arts Faculty Show”, NYU Pless Hall, New York, USA 

2010

“Margin” The Common, NYU Barney Building, New York, USA 

2009

Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, USA

2008

Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, USA

2007

“Arts Faculty Show”, NYU, New York, USA

2006

Multnomah Arts Center, Portland, USA

 

“‘□○*#~’ Abstract Painting”, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

 

“An Invitational Exhibition of Ceramic Art from Taiwan”, National Museum of

 

History, Taipei, Taiwan

2005

“The 3rd World Ceramic Biennale”, Icheon, South Korea

 

Weisspollack Gallery, New York, USA

 

Hammond Museum, New York, USA

 

Fondazione Sant’ Antonio, Noli, Italy

2004

“Fifth Biennale d’Arte Contemporanea Paraxo”, Andora, Italy

 

“Fogli Parlanti”, Alaasio, Italy 

 

Jericho Plaza, New York, USA

2003

Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, USA

2002

Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, USA

2001

Gallery of Amerasia Bank, New York, USA 

 

Taipei Gallery, New York, USA 

2000

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, USA 

 

Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, USA  

 

Gallery of Amerasia Bank, New York, USA  

 

Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, USA  

 

Guangdong Shiwan Ceramics Museum, Foshan, China

1999

“Ceramic Arts Millennium Invitational Exhibition”, Beijing, China

 

Kuo Mu Sheng Foundation Arts Center, Taipei, Taiwan

1998

Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan

 

“International Ceramic Exhibition”, Yixing Ceramics Museum, Wuxi, China

1997

Queens Library Gallery, New York, USA

1996

Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger, Norway

 

NYU 80WSE Gallery, New York, USA

 

New World Art Center, New York, USA

1995

Apex Art, New York, USA

1994

UP Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

 

ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

 

Rosenberg Gallery, New York, USA

1993

Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, USA

 

ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

1992

Rosenberg Gallery, New York, USA

1991

NYU Loeb Student Center, New York, USA

1988

Yung-Han Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

 

 

Collections

Yingge Ceramics Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA

Outdoor Public Art for Tianmu SOGO Department Store, Taipei, Taiwan

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas, USA

Centro Cultural Paraxo, Alaasio, Italy

Edward R. Broida Collection, Orlando, USA

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

Yageo Foundation of Art, Taipei, Taiwan

Guangdong Shiwan Ceramics Museum, Foshan, China

Yixing Ceramics Museum, Wuxi, China

River Art Center, Taichung, Taiwan

National Taiwan Arts Education Center, Taipei, Taiwan

National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

 

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