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Formless Form - Taiwanese Abstract Art
 Date :2012/07/07 - 2012/09/02 
Venue: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Gallery 1A&1B 

 Visual imagery may be divided into the natural and the nonnatural. Through artistic techniques and modes of expression, artists make the world of forms increasingly richer and more perceptible. The phrase “formless form” refers to the idea of nonnatural imagery, emphasizing that in life, shapes are frequently unfixed and in motion. It exists within a constantly fluid state of evolution, hidden in a maze of constant honing. Particularly within the artist’s mental space, everything has the possibility of a new interpretation. The birth of formless form not only signifies that mental images convey the idea of life, but it also touches upon such diverse aspects as intuition, imagination, memory, matter, time and space.

Broadly speaking, the background against which the school of abstract art developed may also be divided into rational expression and visceral, lyrical expression. The former variety has by and large produced messages regarding painting itself, employing strict geometrical shapes and rich variations in color. From the perspective of form and content, for example, it tends toward an exploration of thought and compositional concepts. Lyrical abstract art, however, pours out subjective, rich emotions onto the canvas, even opening up the possibility of unearthing an artistic language from within the subconscious. Since the 1960s Taiwanese abstract art has gradually developed into a mature school of art, worthy of in-depth research and exploration. This exhibition, curated by Taipei Fine Arts Museum, brings together paintings and sculptures by Taiwanese abstract artists of different generations, from Lee Chun-Shan to Wu Tung-long. Those artists producing emotive abstract paintings include: Hsiao Chin, Paul Chiang, Yang Chi-hung, Miche Huang, Ye Chu-Sheng, Jun T. Lai, Chen Shen-son, Ava Pao-shia Hsueh, Lin Jaw-tsang, Lin Hong-wen, Tao Wen-yueh, and Tung Hsin-ru. Those tending toward rational painting forms include: Richard Lin, Liu Sheng-rong, Chu Wei-bor, Ho Kan, Liao Shiou-ping, Lee Shi-chi, Tsong Pu,  Chu Teh-I, Hu Kuen-rong, and Jason Chi. Abstract sculptors include: Lee Tsai-chien, Lee Mao-chung, Kao Tsan-hsing, Lai Chi-man, Yang Po-lin, and Jian Shen-min. This exhibition features 70 works by more than 30 Taiwanese artists. Arising from a wellspring of the soul fraught with tension, these works project free, abundant visual metaphors, exuding the spiritual quality of formless form.