“Between Reality and Fiction: Sceneries of the Mind”

“Between Reality and Fiction: Sceneries of the Mind”

Exhibition Period
09 Jun 2012 - 08 Jul 2012
ESLITE GALLERY∣5F, No. 11, Songgao Rd., Taipei 11073, Taiwan
Opening Hours
12 May 2012, Saturday, 3-5pm

The works had taken him four years to prepare, the longest time for the artist’s entire career and this marks the most important solo exhibition for the artist to date.

Born in 1962, LIEN Chien Hsing grew up in the Taiwanese port city of Keelung, where he saw the fishing industry collapse due to overfishing, as well as the decline of the gold, copper, and coal industries in the area as mining depleted the resources. These events caused industries that had in the past flourished to gradually disappear or facilities to be abandoned as prosperity was lost. During field surveys and explorations, LIEN witnessed the abandonment and ruin of shipbuilding plants and mining operations. With the passing of the years, an allure to drawing the desolation of such sites emerged. This local allure encompassed a vast language of place and spiritual significance. Whether it is Jinguashi’s Taiwan Metal Mining Corporation, the abandoned electrical power plant in Keelung’s Badouzi, or the Jianji coal mine along the Rueibin seacoast, these places, with their rich and distinctive language of place, have served as sources of creative inspiration to LIEN. And as LIEN explored and manipulated fable-like imaginary worlds through the depiction of these desolate locales, he developed his style of magic realism while infusing it with a cultured outlook and calm sensibility.

LIEN’s works of abandoned sites convey a certain sense of inner yearning for the sublime. They are not merely depictions of the physical ruins because the remaining desolation is not frightening but what inspires fear is the sense of lost and diminishment in humanity, as well as the submerged memories everyone holds deep in their hearts, like the ruins themselves. On the subject of ruins, when people speak of these locales, it coalesces a civilizational memory of a particular time, and life only begins at that moment when there is a chance to renew the promise of land. LIEN hopes to create a space of spiritual transcendence and elevated consciousness through these works. Just as he said, “I can sense the transformation of industries, changes in the flourishing and decline of different parts of society; I can contemplate the conflict between tradition and innovation, and the awakening of a crisis mentality about overdevelopment of the natural environment. I hope that these works can stimulate people’s sense of belonging and affirmation for this land and culture, and restore the original beauty and glory of this place—and serve as a stimulus and source of hope for personal creativity.”

LIEN Chien Hsing

LIEN Chien Hsing first began in the early 1980s as a surrealist concerned with ecological and environmental protection before evolving into a neo-expressionist in the late 1980s, focusing on critiques of modern day consumerism and vanity. Since 1989, LIEN has directed his attention to magical realism, reflecting his sentimentality regarding the lost of traditional values, humanity and nature. The artist continues his line of magical realism by setting his works against a background of ruins and imbues them with symbols, metaphors, elements in order to hint the motives and purpose behind their creation. His works show his concern for the degradation of the natural environment and reflect his ruminations about civilization and humanity. 

1962        Born in Keelung, Taiwan
1984        B.A., Department of Fine Arts, Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan
2004        M.F.A., Graduate School of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
2012        "Between Reality and Fiction: Sceneries of the Mind", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2008        "Desolate Fantasy", ESLITE GALLERY, Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
2006        "Small Puppet Theater", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2004        "Le Dialogue Between Abstract and Realism: Tao Wen-yuei vs. LIEN Chien Hsing",

                Keelung Municipal Culture Center, Keelung, Taiwan
               "Desolate Magic", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2002        "LIEN Chien Hsing", Metropolitan Art Space, Tainan, Taiwan
2001        "Lonely Earth", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2000        "Solo Exhibition - Mixed Media", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
1999        Metropolitan Art Space, Tainan, Taiwan
1998        "Abandoned Realm", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
1997        Metropolitan Art Space, Tainan, Taiwan
1996        "Magic Realism", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan 
1994        "Spiritual Awakening", New Trends Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
1993        "C.H. LIEN: Works 1976 – 1993", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
1991        "LIEN Chien Hsing and LEE Chun Kong Solo Exhibitions", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
1989        "Second Annual Taipei New Painting Festival of 1980's", Tri-Color Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
1984        "The Desire to Look Up to the Sky", Today Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2011        "The Sentimental Boys! Hantoo Joint Exhibition", Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts,

                Kaohsiung, Taiwan
               "Scenery and Vistas of Taiwan Through the Eyes of Artists: A Century of

                Taiwanese Landscape and Scenic Art", National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts,

                Taichung, Taiwan
2010        "Hantoo Art Group 2.0", Taichung Creative and Cultural Park, Taichung, Taiwan
               "Amazement and Astonishment - Hantoo Art Group's Adventure to the West",

                Chongqing Art Museum, Chongqing, China
2009        "Viewpoints and Viewing Points - Asian Art Biennial", National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts,

                Taichung, Taiwan
               "Hantoo Group Show", Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Madden Reality: Post - Taipei Art Group", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2008        "HANTOO IMPRESS", Impressions Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
               "SWEETIES: Celebrating 20 Years of IT Park", IT Park Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
               "2008 Taiwan Biennial: Home", National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
               "The Empire Strikes Back: Episode II/Surprise Attack", Impressions Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Exchange Exhibition of Fine Arts of Sino-Korean", National Taiwan Arts Education Center,

                Taipei, Taiwan
2007        "Theme of The Exhibition - Art Breakthrough: Asia Gallery Invitation Exhibition", Art Bejing

                2007 Contemporary Art Fair, Bejing, China
2006        "Odd Art: Graphic Art Group Exhibition", AKI Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Macro Vision, Micro Analysis, Multiple Reflections - Contemporary Art in Taiwan in the

                Post-Martial Law Era", National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
               "The 9th LEE Chun - Shang Visual Arts Award", National Cheng Kung University Art Center,

                Tainan, Taiwan; Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan
2005        "Collision and Action - the Development of Modem Art in Post-war Taiwan", National Taiwan

                Museum Of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
               "MS 8+5 Hantoo Mambo", National Taiwan Museum Of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
               "Place / Displace: Three Generations of Taiwanese Art", Richmond Art Gallery,

                Vancouver, Canada; Gallery of Columbus State University, Georgia, USA; Pacific Asia Museum,

                Los Angeles, USA; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
               "Eye Dream: Multiple Realities in Taiwan Contemporary Photography and Painting",

                Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Taiwan Cultural Centre Paris, Paris,

                France; City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

2004        "The Multiform Nineties - Taiwan's Art Branches Out", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Posture.Actuality", GSR Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
               "Scylla and Charybdis in Love: The Challenges Facing Contemporary Taiwanese Artists",

                National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan; Gwangju Art Museum, Gwangju,

                Korea; Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

               "Transitional Eighties: Taiwan's Art Breaks New Ground", Taipei Fine Arts Museum,

                Taipei, Taiwan
2003        "The 25th Anniversary Exhibition", Keelung Municipal Cultural Center, Keelung, Taiwan
               "Discourses on Love: 64 Conversations in SARS' Era", IT Park, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Hantoo Art Group Exhibition", The Pier-2 Art District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
               "Hantoo Art Group Exhibition", Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Hantoo Art Group Exhibition", Stock 20, Taichung, Taiwan
2002        "Oeuvre of Contemporary Art in Taiwan", Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Art Roaming and Social Sensation: Cultural Observation for 8 Kinds of Art Expressions",

                Main Trend Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2000        "North Taipei Artists Group Exhibition", Julia Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1999        "Visions of Pluralism—Contemporary Art in Taiwan, 1988-1999", National Museum of History,

                Taipei, Taiwan; Mountain Art Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; China Art Museum, Beijing, China
               "Landform: The Land on the Mind", National Arts Club, New York, USA; Oklahoma State

                Capitol Gallery, Oklahoma, USA
               "Magnetic Writing: Marching Ideas, Works on Paper", IT Park, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Hantoo Association Group Exhibition", G. Zen 50 Art Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
1998        "Hantoo Association Group Exhibition", Crown Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Reflection and Reconsideration: 2.28 Commemorative Exhibition", Taipei Fine 
                Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1995        "Group Exhibition", Metropolitan Art Space, Tainan, Taiwan
               "Culture 1995", Impressions Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Art Taiwan" touring exhibition, Australia
1994        "Two-Sided Realism Group Exhibition", Up Gallery, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
               "Culture", Impressions Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1993        "Marching Toward the Peak", G. Zen 50 Art Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
1992        "Asian International Fine Arts Fair", Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center,

                Hong Kong, China
               "New Artists Five-Person Joint Exhibition", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Taipei Painting Group Exhibition", Modern Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
               "Taipei Painting Group Exhibition", Taipei Fine Arts Museum Taiwan Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Loving Taiwan Poster Exhibition", IT Park, Taipei, Taiwan
               "Sixth Asian International Fine Arts Exhibition", Tagawa Fine Arts Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
1991        "Taipei Affairs: Fun and Fury of Life", Wood Stone Affinity, Taipei, Taiwan
1989        "Taipei Painting Group Exhibition", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1988        "The R.O.C. Fine Arts Development Exhibition: Opening Exhibition of Taiwan Museum of Arts",

                Taiwan Museum of Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
               "Extracts on Trial", Howard Salon, Taipei, Taiwan
1987        "The Third Modern Painting Interchange Exhibition of the R.O.C. and Korea", Taipei County

                Cultural Center, New Taipei City, Taiwan; Kuan Hsan Fine Arts Museum, Seoul, Korea
               "New Painting Exhibition", Gwo-Chaan Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
               "SHEE De-Jinn Memorial Prize Group Exhibition", National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
1986        "R.O.C. New Look Exhibition of Modern Art", National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan
               "New Form Exhibition", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1984        "The Cultural Interchange Exhibition of the R.O.C. and Japan", Kariya City Art Museum,

                Aichi, Japan
               "Taipei Progressionists' Modern Art Group: The Sensibility to Civilization", American

                Cultural Center, Taipei, Taiwan
               "The First R.O.C. New Prospect Exhibition of Modern Paintings", Taipei Fine Arts Museum,

                Taipei, Taiwan


LIEN Chien Hsing

Author / LIEN Chien Hsing
  • Language
  • PriceNT$1800
  • PublisherThe Eslite
  • Size25.5x25.5 cm
  • Publication Date2012/06
  • ISBN9789868786059
 LIEN Chien Hsing

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