Shih-Peng Hsi is an exceptionally talented sculptor whose prodigious output has been exhibited in a wide range of settings. Known for creating work that is uniquely integrated with its environment, in 2011 Mr. Hsi was a resident artist at both the Tungho Steel Mill in Miaoli and the Hermes boutique in Taipei.
Grants Awarded2012 | Visual Art | United States
ACC provided a five-month grant for Mr. Hsi to carry out a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, and to observe contemporary art activities in New York. Ms. Hsi regards his grant as a very important opportunity that will further develop his artistic capabilities and elevate his work to a higher level.
Employing “spectrum of light” as the theme, this exhibition addresses LGBTQ community’s rich history and its appeals for peace, love and diversity with rainbow as its symbol. On the one hand, the spectrum of colors can be seen in a rainbow, a phenomenon caused by the refraction of white light. Rainbow and light are two sides of the same coin, implying that this exhibition is not about the binary opposition between light and darkness, but as diverse and inclusive as the spectrum in terms of its artistic expression and exploration of LGBTQ issues. On the other hand, light is the everlasting source of energy for the creatures on Earth. It treats and nurtures all living organisms fairly and equally, and promises them growth, hope, and kindness. Based on their similar backgrounds in culture, language, geographical location and ethnicity, 22 artists from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Singapore are showcased in the exhibition with a total of 51 artworks. The exhibition represents the life stories and related issues of the post-war Chinese LGBTQ community as the artworks on view touch upon a profusion of subject matters such as identity, equality, exploitation by mass media, social predicaments, comments on individuals/groups, human desire, as well as life and death.