Frolic: Humor and Mischief in New Taiwanese Art, Pt. 3


yi_li_yeh.jpgThe third and final leg of Frolic opened November 6th at the Taipei Gallery, an impressive space that unfolds from the lobby of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office building to an open second floor space. As was the case in the first two shows, curators Thalia Vrachopoulos and Jane Ingram Allen chose art that evoked whimsical thought.

Projected above the throngs of opening visitors is Yi-Li Yeh's double video Orange Flower 1, showing a young woman dressed in a yellow, phallic-laden outfit as she runs through a series of martial arts poses while spewing flowers (life) from her outstretched arms.

Meng-yeh Chou's playful Bonsai series presents colorful pots that have "planted" in them curious white, wiry forms that cross-reference the art of Britto and Harring with the wiry forms of Lynn Chadwick. With both Chou's and Yeh's works, we see a very obvious use of eye-catching colors and patterns, but with an uneasy edge.

Ascending the stairs, you are accompanied by Chien-jung Lin's wild white sea urchin-like objects, which seem to be crawling along with you as they look for a place to live in this part of the heavily developed world. Curious works that look as brittle as they are dangerous. Up on the second floor you can't miss Hung Yi's mixed media sculptures (below left) that combine a tattoo motif with curvaceous cartoons -- very cool and wonderfully eye-catching. hung_yi.jpg Offering a series of flashy PhotoShopped images of what one might find in the sticky depth of a teeny-boppers purse are the digital prints of Wan-ting Su, while Meng-yeh Chou offers a fast action video of melting blocks of colored ice. With both Su and Chou we see a trippy, freaky sort of aesthetic that is energized and direct.

My favorite works at this final location are Tsai-rung He's digital photo prints of roomscapes that repeat in mirror image like mildly effective kaleidoscopes. The repetition of the key subjects, and the tones and colors employed, really hit the mark for me. - D. Dominick Lombardi

Taipei Gallery at Taipei Cultural Center, 1 East 42 Street, NYC. dom.jpgMr. Lombardi is an artist with representation in Kasia Kay Art Projects and in Chicago, Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon, NY, and ADA gallery in Richmond, VA; a writer with Sculpture, Sculpture Review, DART, and NYARTS; and an independent curator.