TheCube Project Space is pleased to invite Lin Guan-Ming, a finalist for the 18th Taishin Arts Award, to stage his brand-new solo exhibition The Remnants.
Treating “the ‘watching’ in the era of high definition” as the point of departure, this exhibition seeks to investigate how an artist as an image maker can reconceptualize and reorient the images he created in the era when images are explosively produced in massive quantities and emptied rapidly by consumption. The exhibition will be on view from 27 August (Sat) to 30 October 2022.
Information about relevant events will be released soon.
Text / Lin Guan-Ming
Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, only rain, I can’t recall anything more. It’s become a steady, even drizzle, and the road becomes endless.
—Of Walking in Ice: Munich-Paris, 23 November-14 December 1974, Werner Herzog (1942-)
I used to visit the place known as the “thief’s market” and famous for household appliances retail (on Ln. 57, Guilin Rd.) in Wanhua Dist., Taipei City when I was running my Guilin project in 2019. Every time I passed by the stores, I found them resembling small-scale wall-mounted advertising screens, except that what these screens displayed were mostly the dramas, variety shows, or news that the storekeepers were watching. These screens are strongly reminiscent of mirrors. In fact, the second-hand TV screens for sale at these stores display as much content as our smartphones and screens at home do. The second-hand household appliances for sale at these stores seem to represent some regular, unchanged aspects of our quotidian existence.
All these tools and media for producing and screening images probably bore the marks of technologies considered state-of-the-art in the past that stimulated people’s desire for watching. Behind such a desire, “definition” is perhaps the only trace that these images left. However, did these definition parameters indicated specifically for advertising and sale extend something in addition to be equated with images of higher resolution? This exhibition The Remnants reassembles everyday images taken by smartphones and cameras (incl. traditional film cameras, and professional or non-professional digital cameras) or downloaded and produced by computers into a background that outwardly moves with the times. As far as I am concerned, “the raison d’être of images” has been the kernel of my problématique about image generation—It seems that something is discarded when we choose from a vast array of things. What’s left or lost by reason of our choice?
About the Artist
Born in Taipei Taiwan in 1981, Lin graduated with a M.F.A. from the Graduate Institute of Arts and Technology, Taipei National University of the Arts. Lin has been dedicated to video art and regards video as the imagination and contemplation of “time” observation. Attempting to recollect the possible remaining “memory” of videos from the current age where videos are produced in excess. After his showing at the 2004 Media Cramp, Co4 Taiwan Avant-garde Documenta II, he has since then exhibited at many local and international exhibitions, including in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Paris, Fukuoka, and U.S.A. In 2008, he presented his solo exhibition Silence Attacks at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, and also received the Taipei Arts Award in the same year. His art is collected by National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. In 2020, his solo exhibition return (2019) was shortlisted final selection for the 18th Taishin Art Awards.
Date｜27 August – 30 October 2022 (Wed-Sun, 2-8 PM)
Opening｜27 August 2022 (Sat, 3-6 PM)
Venue｜TheCube Project Space (2F, No13, Aly 1, Ln 136, Sec 4, Roosevelt Rd, Taipei)
＊Please follow the CDC regulations, wearing the mask at all times.
Organizer｜TheCube Project Space
Exhibition Sponsor｜Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government
The project is supported by the Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture
2022 年 7 月 29 日