Exhibitions

LAI Chih-Sheng: Instant

LAI Chih-Sheng: Instant

Exhibition Period
20 Sep 2013 - 10 Nov 2013
Address
ESLITE Bookstore Causeway Bay Branch: 9th Floor, Hysan Place - 500 Hennessey Road
Opening Hours
20 Sep 2013

Instant is a useless image from reality that consumes time. With it, LAI Chih-Sheng creates a singular gaze, and eternalizes the way it is presented.  

 

It begins the moment you enter into a state of waiting. You instinctually begin to prepare yourself for an experience, and are possibly a bit preoccupied or distracted. From the very beginning however, you were never meant to encounter anything other than the preparation, which then becomes the only experience you will ever obtain from looking at this work. Perhaps more importantly, this transition experience is the work itself! This work was created by LAI, but the completion of this work relies upon you and your experience for it to become a reality. It begins the moment you lay your eyes on it and ends as soon as you turn away from it.

As you wait, will something ever happen? The lack of content found in Instant reveals a critical point and brings to light the void, emptiness and consumption of the present moment. The work asks us to ponder about this in-between period as well as the state of our lives.

 

LAI Chih-Sheng

LAI Chih-Sheng’s work is not based on artistic technique but conceptual

practice that imparts his audience a familiar yet new experience that is both immediate and poetic. Born in 1971 in Taipei, LAI’s recent solo exhibitions include “An Exception to Reality—LAI Chih-Sheng” (ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, 2011), “Instant” (IT Park Gallery, Taipei, 2013). In 2012, his work Life-Size Drawing was invited to participate in “Invisible: Art of the Unseen 1957-2012” (Hayward Gallery, London, 2013). 

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