Benrei HUANG Solo Exhibition: I Know My Taichi

Benrei HUANG Solo Exhibition: I Know My Taichi

Exhibition Period
12 May 2012 - 03 Jun 2012
ESLITE GALLERY∣5F, No. 11, Songgao Rd., Taipei 11073, Taiwan
Opening Hours
12 May 2012, Saturday, 3-5pm

This will be HUANG’s third solo exhibition with the gallery since 2009. Nini continues to be active on HUANG’s canvas, even though she is older and inevitably her words have grown, her expressions more complex, and she occasionally rides through emotional waves. Rabbit Nini’s exterior appears to be warm and fragile, and she plays both the protagonist and supporting role. The whole canvas – sky, earth, night sky, or sea, etc. – represents an initiative to conduct a narrative. When Nini leaps into the scene, HUANG Benrei defines her through a painting language of symbols, colors, and shapes … and organizes these elements into a visual story full of content.

Through Nini, HUANG Benrei freely expresses the inner thoughts of humankind - sometimes touched, sometimes worried, sometimes insightful about life. For example, I love you more and more (2010) blossomed during a time when she was sick and grateful for her older sister’s care. This occurred close to the Sichuan earthquake, and when she saw how the victims were able to accept the love and help of strangers, she thought “human nature is prone to pessimism, because it often seems that every man is for himself, trying to outwit one another. But to act for others, it takes courage.” Or in Let no shadow slow you down, I brought mine on board (2011), she says that the shadows become the main character’s counterpart, not only as proof of the self’s existence, but also as a constant representation of the self, in dialogue with the body. In these works, Benrei HUANG uses shadows as a symbol of matters that we cannot control or see clearly. They often disturb us before we are able to take genuine action. Once we see our doubts and confusion are merely a matter of mind, and understand that hesitation comes only from an overly cautious attitude, these black shadows are revealed as nothing more than an emptiness, and cannot truly control what we do.

All of the small and large paintings may look easy to create, but for Benrei HUANG, it is always an endless battle. As an artist, she feels as if her mind is constantly “walking on thin ice.” As she completes paintings one by one, she often feels as if she is looking back on past versions of Nini that with her eyes, “Nini hasn’t changed, but you cannot always stay the same….” In this exhibition, audiences are offered a glimpse into the inner world of Benrei HUANG, whose paintings follow a sincere protagonist caught in both warm as well as powerless moments.

Benrei HUANG

Benrei HUANG draws inspiration from everyday life and uses Nini the rabbit as a vehicle for contemplation and reflection on her experiences. From Benrei HUANG's paintings we can get a glimpse of the artist's inner world, as most of them are inspired, directly and indirectly, by the people, things and events that take place in her immediate environment. Sometimes a painting comes from her mourning for the loss of a pet; sometimes it could be an afterthought when she encountered a street performer (singer) in the subway; and sometimes it may be to express her anxiety about environmental degradation. Benrei HUANG believes that all creatures on Earth are only a small part of the universe. Although the course of nature and life are beyond our control, optimism and a fighting spirit may be our only way to give meaning to our existence. As such, HUANG's works often emanate a hint of sadness and helplessness yet at the same time filled with warmth and humor. Though personal, her works contain emotions that are universal to us, and thus they become a mirror of our own experiences, and from them we are able to see a bit of ourselves.

1959        Born in Taipei, Taiwan
1982        BA, Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
1992        MFA, Illustration as Visual Essay, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA


Solo Exhibitions

2017       "In The Name Of Flower", Eslte Spectrum Suzhou, Suzhou, China

2015        "Om at the Breakfast Table", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2013        "Dreams for Sale", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

               PROJECT ONE, Hong Kong, China  

2012        "I Know My Taichi", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2010        "An Angel on My Table", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan 
               Cypress College Arts Theater, Los Angeles, USA
2009        "Last Night Butterfly Brought Me Dreams", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan 
               "Here with Me", Taipei Cultural Center, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, New York, USA


Group Exhibitions
2013        "Being Entangled with Paper: An International Survey of Works on /by /of /with /from Paper", Star Gallery,

               Beijing; Halcyon Gallery, Shanghai, China
               "Fun and Whimsy", Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, USA
1997        "Giggling Bubbling", Da Gallery, New York, USA

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