Floating Mind- Kuo Chwen Solo Exhibition

Floating Mind- Kuo Chwen Solo Exhibition

Exhibition Period
06 Oct 2007 - 28 Oct 2007
Opening Hours
17 Apr 2007

KUO Chwen

KUO Chwen was born in Taiwan in 1965. He went to the National Taiwan Art School. Soon after his graduation from the School of Visual Arts in New York, he won the First Prize from The 3rd Annual Grand Award of “Prix de Paris”. He has participated times at the Taipei Annual Arts Competition.

KUO’s earlier works display all the characteristics of someone in the midst of change, someone seeking his own voice, letting go the austerity of his education without sacrificing the best of it. As the strong social criticism faded away, he turned to the exploration of the mind. A number of surrealist elements remain as he moved away from the powerful surrealism of his architectural works into a more macabre world.

The reoccurring theme in his work is the solitude of life, the purposeless of existence, and the blindness of love. An important image of his work is the blushed skulls that are characterized by their lively postures, playful expressions and lust in their eyes. The skull symbolizes death as the base of life, men ripped of their flesh and left with their bones. Sometimes the skeleton is presented along with mixtures of animal figures, which serves as a metaphor for the beastliness within men. Eyeballs are also frequently shown in his work, it presents the artist’s eye that is looking at reality and the virtual landscape of the mind.

A dream-like quality of his images suggests a literary-poetic nature in the artist. As he puts it: “I am very interested in Surrealism since it is my way to look into myself. This is the most important thing for me as an artist. I want to look at something in the ark areas within myself, you know, violence, cruelty, and so on. For me as an artist I have to explore the unconscious.”

As a strong believer of Art, he painted till the end until he died of cancer at the age of 46 in 2012, leaving us with his last exhibition, the “Floating Mind”.

1965    Born in Pingtung, Taiwan
2011    Passed away in Pingtung, Taiwan
1994        School of Visual Arts, MFA, New York, USA
1995        First Prize, The 3rd Annual “Prix de Paris” Grand Award, Taiwan
2011        ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2007        "Floating Mind", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2003        "Illusion & Realization", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2000        "1994-2000", NHCTC Artist Space, Hsinchu, Taiwan
2000        "Dark Room", Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1998        "Taipei Alternative", Charming Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2006        "Funny Realistic Painting", AKI Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2005        "Three Generations of Taiwanese Art", The Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, Louisville;

               Columbus State University, Columbus; Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, USA; Richmond Art

               Gallery, Richmond, Canada / National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

2005        "The Moment of Contemplation", Chienkuo Technology University Collection Hall,

               Changhua, Taiwan
               "Art of the 'E' generation in Taiwan", National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts,

               Taichung, Taiwan
2004        "Posture & Reality", GSR Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
               "Intuition & Vibration", Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan
               "Borderline Realist Symptom", Pacific Culture Foundation Art Gallery, Tainan, Taiwan
2003        "Blossomy World", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2002        "Analogous Classicalism in 90's", Main Trend Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1999        "Original & Heteromorphic", National Taipei University of The Art, Taipei, Taiwan
1998        "Charming Gallery Group Exhibition 98", Charming Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1998        "The 25th Taipei Annual Arts Competition", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1996        "The 23rd Taipei Annual Arts Competition", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1995        "The 3rd Annual Grand Award of 'Prix de Paris'", Holly Affinity Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1994        "MAF as Visual Essay", SVA Gallery & Visual Arts Museum, New York, USA
1993        "The Turning Page", Art Directors Club, New York, USA



Floating Mino

Author / KUO Chwen
  • Language
  • PriceNT$200
  • PublisherThe Eslite
  • Size17x14 cm
  • Publication Date2007/10
  • ISBN
Floating Mino

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