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Meng Chuan Isa Ho

Taiwan

Grants Awarded

2016 | Film, Video, Photography | United States

for a three-week grant to complete a project inspired by her 2012 ACC fellowship in New York City

2012 | Film, Video, & Photography | United States

ACC funding allowed Ms. Ho to spend five months observing contemporary art activities and investigating the unique urban environment of New York City. Additionally, ACC sponsored Ms. Ho's participation in a creative residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, and a program at Parsons The New School of Design in New York City allowing her to sit in on classes, interact with students, and work with faculty members at this world-renowned institution.

Events

Not the Chelsea Hotel: Isa Ho Solo Exhibition

七月 29, 2017 - 九月 3, 2017

Double Square Gallery is pleased to present Not the Chelsea Hotel - ISA HO solo exhibition, on view from July 29 to September 3. The exhibition will showcase Isa Ho’s ongoing series of the “Westbeth” project and the newly developed serial work “My Peony Pavilion.” While the subject matter of the two series seem to sit on the opposite end of a spectrum: the young and the elderly, the East and the West; the difference between the series embodies Ho’s continual focus on socio-cultural issues. The “Westbeth” series was inspired by and shot at the Westbeth Artists Housing in New York, where Ho spent over four years documenting the senior artists living there, their daily lives and environment. “My Peony Pavilion” utilizes and blends the traditional Chinese Kunqu Opera and Korean popular music K-pop to picture female self-identity in two juxtaposed temporal and spatial frameworks, by leveraging similar pop culture element. The exhibition title Not the Chelsea Hotel (Chinese Title: The Black Swan Effect) points to a key concept: the everyday mundaneness taken for granted might be overturned by a new piece of information – just as when a black swan was “discovered” by an explorer in Australia in 1697, only then people started to realize not all swans were white and their understanding was partial. The concept of the Black Swan Effect becomes the connecting thread: through presenting the two series together in this show, the artist wants to inform the audience’s preconceived notions of facts having the possibility to formulate utterly opposing meanings, once approached with a new angle with a new piece of information presented.

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Exhibition / Taiwan

版藝新象

七月 21, 2017 - 九月 24, 2017

本展旨在探討藝術家們運用版畫從事創作,或將版畫視為表現手法之一,進而與其他媒材相互融合的藝術實踐。參展者大多深耕於台灣、倫敦和馬德里等三地,我們可以從作品中看到每個國家文化傳統對其藝術創作之影響,以及傳統版畫技巧如何被運用甚或排除的狀況。他們的作品代表一種受到當前數位媒體,還有以繪畫和攝影為基礎媒材等影響的新型態創作;另外,部分藝術家也試著將長時性裝置和表演藝術融入作品。展覽試圖透過版畫的概念傳達其藝術表現,從不同面向與途徑來詮釋版畫創作,期能帶給觀者有別於以往傳統的視野,也為版畫藝術發展帶來新氣象。

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Grantees: Jui-Chung Yao, Jun-Jieh Wang, Meng Chuan Isa Ho

Westbeth Project - Isa Ho Solo Exhibition

八月 31, 2018 - 十月 6, 2018

Isa Ho’s solo exhibition Westbeth Project is a five-year photography project that began in 2013 while she was in New York on her ACC fellowship and portrays artists in their flats, thus blurring the line between artists and their home. Isa Ho, who studied painting, uses an editing technic which brings her photographs closer to portrait paintings, and sees her photographs as realistic. “For me, a photograph is a platform on which to create a scene, rather than capture a narrative”, says the artist. Her photographs offer a critical approach to art and growing old in a capitalistic society, alongside questions regarding memory and loneliness.

The exhibition follows the artist's winning the first prize of the prestigious Arte Lagunacompetition, last March. It is the result of the collaboration between Nira Itzhaki of Chelouche Gallery and the competition’s initiatives. Itzhaki served in the jury committee which awarded the first prize to the artist.

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