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Contemporary Prints from Central Taiwan

  • Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • On View: September 14, 2013 – November 23, 2013

Highpoint Center for Printmaking proudly announces its tenth international exhibition, Contemporary Prints from Central Taiwan. Curated by Jon Renzella, a former Highpoint Studio Intern and Jerome Resident who now lives and works in Taiwan, this exhibition features a variety of prints by 21 artists living and working in the Taiwanese cities of Taichung and Miaoli. The exhibition features woodcuts, relief prints, intaglio prints, and mixed media.

With just over 2.6 million people, Taichung is Taiwan’s third largest city. Home to the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, several universities, art centers, galleries, and a myriad of important cultural and historic landmarks, Taichung is a center for arts and culture. In contrast to the international, global character of the capitol city, Taipei, the central region’s cities foster a truly Taiwanese creative ethos, and Taichung and nearby Miaoli are particular catalysts for creativity in the area. Large enough to provide opportunities and creative stimuli, but small enough to foster community spirit, it is a place where ‘Minnesota Nice’ meets urban Asia.

Much of the work in this exhibit reflects tension, ambivalence, and questions about the complex relationship between Taiwan and mainland China. Surrounded by the massive cultural influences of America, China, and Japan, many of these prints suggest a new path forged in the spaces between an expression of the complex tensions that exist between the embrace of Taiwan’s history and a desire to move forward.

The 21 featured artists include:

  • Meng-yao Pan
  • Jessica Tao
  • Max Chang
  • Rui-zhi Xu
  • Chao-long Ni
  • Lynn Hsieh
  • Zhi-wei Su
  • Yuan-hsiang Li
  • Leanie Wessels
  • Zi-wei Hong
  • Hanny Chao
  • Yu-chen Chen
  • Ting-yu Huang
  • Yu-ting Wei
  • Li-wen Wang
  • Jon Renzella
  • Zi-yun Huang
  • Yu-chi Huang
  • Chia-ying Lin
  • Chun-ying Kao
  • Ying-ying Chen