Louise Benson in Artnet News: ‘Tishan Hsu’s Art Preceded Internet Aesthetics by Decades. Now, His Prescient Work Is Finally Getting Its Due. A digitally native generation has become captivated by the New York artist, who is in his 70s.’
“Tishan Hsu is an artist in search of his own vision of the future. His creative journey has unfolded over almost five decades as Hsu has refined and honed his visceral interrogation of the collapse between human and machine. Yet, following a handful of solo shows staged in New York during the 1980s, including one with famed dealer Leo Castelli, for over 30 years Hsu rarely exhibited his work publicly at all. Instead, he chose to privately focus on his relentless quest to capture a new kind of embodied technology that had not yet come into being.”
In Artsy Magazine by Christina Ko: Two artists hosting exhibitions at Empty Gallery’s Hong Kong gallery also hold pride of place at its booth. Jes Fan’s aqua resin, selenium, glass, and pigment sculptures, draw from Fan’s glassmaking expertise and are merged with scientific processes to deal with questions of biology and flux states, which relate to the artist’s cultural and gender identity.
Tishan Hsu’s work also explores hybrid spaces, though primarily exploring the divide between tactile and digital. breath 9 is a wall-mounted sculpture made from UV-cured inkjet, acrylic, silicone, and ink on wood, for a final product that teases both the eye and mind.
Caroline Goldstein writes about Jes Fan’s new solo exhibition in this feature tying back to his 2019 Art21 documentary.
“In this age where substances that sustain identity categories can be bought, and sold, and made, and commissioned, how am I, as a vessel of these identities, exist?” the artist asks in the video, which first aired back in 2019. His most recent projects, on view now at Empty Gallery in Hong Kong during the city’s annual Art Week, take even more conceptual approaches to marrying identity markers with the native Pinctada fucata oyster, a native mollusk to Hong Kong.
M+ Museum’s Sigg Prize 2023 will showcase the works of six shortlisted artists for the award. Open to artists born or working in the Greater China region, the award recognises important artistic practices in the region and aims to highlight and promote diverse works on an international scale. This exhibition is the second edition of the prize, which will present a wide range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, video, and installation. Through the works, the artists demonstrate their unique visions and approaches to current urgent contemporary issues, fostering the cultural dialogues emerging from the region in response to a critical transitional period of the world.
The six shortlisted artists are Jes Fan (b. 1990, lives and works in Hong Kong and New York); Miao Ying (b. 1985, lives and works in New York); Wang Tuo (b. 1984, lives and works in Beijing); Xie Nanxing (b. 1970, lives and works in Beijing and Chengdu); Trevor Yeung (b. 1988, lives and works in Hong Kong); and Yu Ji (b. 1985, lives and works in Berlin).
The Sigg Prize 2023 winner will be announced in early 2024.
To kickstart Art Basel 2023, Duddell’s Hong Kong presents ‘The Drifters’ from 19 March through May 13. Spotlighting artworks owned by Hong Kong-based collectors, including Alan Lo, Evan Chow, Lawrence Chu, etc., the works present transient memories and fragmented dreamscapes to explore the fleeting moments that straddle between euphoria, freedom, and unnerving vulnerability. Curated by Eunice Tsang. Featured artists include: Christina Quarles, Christopher K. Ho, Gross Arnold, Inka Eissenhigh, Matt Connors, Samson Young, Tabaimo, Tala Madani, Tang Dixin, Taro Masushio, Ticko Liu, Tomo Campbell and Yin Yeung Lau.
From 19 March through 23 July, Human Is is on view at the Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin.
“Distinctions between dystopia and reality are increasingly collapsing in the face of inexhorable tech-nological and ecological upheavals. Against this backdrop, Human Is employs science fiction as a spiritual and aesthetic vehicle to mobilize alternative futures, political imagination and a new posthuman ethics. This exhibition borrows its name from the eponymous short story by Philip K. Dick (1955) and investigates the idea of being human as a contestable and reversible category.”
Artists: Joachim Bandau, Ivana Bašić, Ian Cheng, David Cronenberg, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Tishan Hsu, Laika, Fritz Lang, Mike Kelley, Alexander Kluge, Tetsumi Kudo, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Nour Mobarak, Sandra Mujinga, Mary Shelley, Diane Severin Nguyen, Ovartaci, Analisa Teachworth, Suzanne Treister and WangShui.
Taipei Biennial is pleased to announce the curatorial concept for the 13th edition of Taipei Biennial, running from November 18, 2023 to March 24, 2024 at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM). Curated by independent curator Freya Chou, writer and editor Brian Kuan Wood, and curator Reem Shadid, this year’s Taipei Biennial is titled “Small World”. In this iteration, a number of artists are selected to produce or premier new works including Pio Abad (London), Nadim Abbas (Hong Kong), Nesrine Khodr (Beirut), Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork (Los Angeles), Lai Chi Sheng (Taipei), Li Yi Fan (Taipei), Jen Liu (New York), Natascha Sadr Haghighian (Berlin/Tehran), dj sniff (Los Angeles/Tokyo), and Yang Chi Chuan (Taipei).
Xper.Xr is a sui generis Hong Kong artist, noise musician, event organizer, as well as an expert storyteller, and this exhibition features his creative archives and activities since the late 1980s. Curated by Empty Gallery, this exhibition previously toured Hong Kong and New York. It is scheduled to be on view at TheCube in Taipei from 11 March to 14 May 2023. TheCube specifically juxtaposes the timelines of Xper.Xr and Taiwan’s noise movement for reference in the context of this exhibition.
Co-organised by TheCube Project Space and Empty Gallery. Sponsored by the National Cultural and Arts Foundation.
Of Mythic Worlds brings together more than fifty rarely-seen works by a diverse group of artists to highlight the ways in which rituals, myths, traditions, ideologies, and beliefs can intersect across cultures, histories, and time periods. Curated by Olivia Shao, the exhibition will be on view at The Drawing Center New York from March 8 through May 14th, 2023.
Jes Fan’s work is the subject of a new feature ‘Precious Wounds’ by Mimi Wong in ArtAsiaPacific issue 132, March/April 2023. “In late 2022, for the first time since the pandemic began, I was able to fly the 15 hours from the United States to Hong Kong with my mother to visit our family. We had been planning the reunion with my relatives for more than one year. Still, I could not have anticipated how emotional I would feel to be able to travel again to a place that had always felt like a cultural home. Just three months earlier, artist Jes Fan was making a similar journey from New York to reunite with his immediate family, whom he hadn’t seen in three years. He landed the day after the government ended Hong Kong’s quarantine measures. “I arrived with a full plane of babies,” he remembered, alluding to the many parents bringing their one- and two-year-olds back with them for the first time. “They were crying, but it was adorable.”
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Empty Gallery is proud to announce the return of our annual rave. We are excited to welcome back friends—old and new, from near and far—at the gallery.
The event will begin on March 24th Friday, running all night long with Pessimist, Tara Clerkin Trio, Conna Haraway, Special Guest DJ and Exael.
Time: March 24, 9 pm – 5 am
Address: 18/F Grand Marine Centre, 3 Yue Fung Street, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
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