2019 October, Manhattan, New York] With the collaboration of the Hsinchu City Cultural Affairs Foundation in Taiwan and the Taiwanese American Arts Council, Chih-Hui Chuang will hold his first New York solo exhibition. The opening reception will be October 24 at E. TAY Galley in TRIBECA, New York City, and the exhibition will run until November 17th.
Born in Penhu, living and working in HsinChu, Taiwan, Chuang has been a full-time artist for 30 years. Chuang not only has had extraordinary achievements in the art of graphic painting, but also has a rich and varied expression in the use of color. Through gradual blending and smearing, the saturation of the color is reduced, which makes the picture surface moister and allows introverted and subtle changes, sometimes romantic adventures, and sometimes calm and detached emotions. In recent years, he has explored the relationship between the external world and the inner mind. To do so, he refers to nature and stars, the mountains and rivers, concepts from space to time, the vortex and derived images. These have greatly enriched the symbolism of his work.
Chuang Chi-Hui, has paid special attention to the large number of messages and symbols generated by the world, and has seen the hidden metaphors. He observes the patterns in social standards to which human normally adapt themselves, while forgetting the value of their own existence. He summed up the theme of the exhibit as “memory and symbols to highlight real life.” To him, human beings choose from memory, and encode life in repetition. He points out that memory can be a trap, whether it is positive or negative. He also thinks about how to decode his life through creation. Chuang said: ”
Executive Director of the Taiwanese American Arts Council (TAAC) and co-curator of the exhibition Luchia Meihua Lee remarked: “Chuang Chi-Hui’s works travel in a different time and space. In his paintings, four-dimensional space is extended, spanning the complexity of surrealism and cubism with Buddhism philosophy, by use of simple lines and details, and neutral tones with warm and rich colors, that stir the viewer’s mind. In the art of Chuang Chi-Hui, there always appear staircases, or spirals or curly lines circling into the distance or floating in the depth of the space. Visual transgressions and complications endow the art with extra dimensions and layers of meaning; some might think of indigenous masks or even fairy tale imaginings.”
Artist Chuang Chi-Hui said: “The memory of self-identification from the collective effect is to form a self-protection effect, but finally evolves into the self-characteristic trait. The individual’s thinking and behavior patterns are also gradually reduced from the initial macro-scale. Turning into a point. We repeat in the trap of memory, the unconscious life and death rotation, time stops in this endless cycle.”
Through his long creative years, he used a brush to sway the memory of life, and transform his thoughts into color and symbol, and creation inspired his doubts about existence, good and evil, and the value of human things. His work poses the questions: How are the standards of the world defined? Who made us what we are now? How is the world operated? The artwork “Butterfly Effect” – on display here – is an example of such thought. Curator Yang Sumin said Chuang exhibits innovative forms, beautiful and pure, and profound metaphors. From his introspective creation, the viewer can project the truest self-centered state from the work. She also emphasized that for Chuang certain social moral standards recognized by modern people further highlight the absurdity and sorrow experienced under the hypnosis of collective consciousness.
Chuang Chihui’s works and thoughts are full of Zen thinking. In the face of many problems in the human world, what he wants to express is that the world’s operation has its own law of birth and death. The only thing that remains unchanged is the constant change, perfection is not perfect. In reality, environmental protection and non-environmental protection are natural images. Greed and goodness coexist, and the most important thing depends on a pure and unstained heart
Chih-Hui Chuang-Coding & Decoding
opening Reception：Thursday October 24 , 6-8 pm
October 24 – November 17, 2019
TAAC TriBeCa/ E.TAY Gallery
39 White St, New York, NY 10013
Gallery Hours: Tuesday -Saturday 12-18 pm & by Appointment
Chih-Hui Chuang-「Coding＆Decoding」(莊志輝紐約個展『記。符號』) 新聞稿
Chih-Hui Chuang-Coding & Decoding
開幕酒會opening Reception：Thursday October 24 (四) 6-8 pm
展期：October 24 – November 17, 2019(二-六) 12-18 pm
地點Venue: TAAC TriBeCa/ E.TAY Gallery
地址：39 White St, New York, NY 10013