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Tan Sian-Hua
LAST UPDATE : 2018.10.19 / EDITOR : sculpture
27 artworks / 24 exhibition

Tan Sian-Hua was born in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1978. He received his Master’s degree in fine arts from Taipei National University of the Arts in 2006. Before his graduation he had already earned honorable mentions from Taipei Arts Awards, Kaohsiung Awards, and had been offered First Place for Taoyuan Creation Award. For his early creation period, the figure sculptures were reflections of both his inner emotional complex and objective consciousness, whereas his installations were manifestations of social observations and collective discourses.

He had been studied with Lee Kuang-Yu and had made prototype sculptures for Yang Mao-Lin. With both of these master sculptors, Tan’s skills were developing into perfection, as well as obtaining a profound examination of his own role in the art field. For him, what supported artists in their backbone was the spirit of labor. His subject matter thus primarily dealt with the identity of labor in their social strata. In the series of The Hiddens and The Humbles he had therefore implanted within and connected the image of labor with different identity, creating new implications and meanings for it as he helped the society to look at the image of labor with new insights.

Apart from sculpturing, Tan had also explored other art forms. In 2012 the installation “City Wonder” had witnessed one of his explorations, deriving from his usual cares and reflections for the society. He created house-shaped extension cords, rendering them into merchandised objects which the viewers could actually buy and conveying an art intention that included the very actions of vending and purchasing. While the viewers were buying the works, they themselves were involved in the changement, though minor in scale, of the figurative cityscape.

2015 had seen the start of Tan’s Express Time & Space series. He began to take molds directly from construction equipments and vehicles. As he took molds from heavy duty machines, which were not supposed to be present in the finished buildings, he was observing the absence of labor and was exposing a fact that labors were facing in our society. Though his artistic methods were completely different, he was actually laying his eyes on what he had cared for years. This project was a turning point of his artistic career, whether the works should be molds of construction vehicles or slices of certain space and time, they were all the artist’s self-digging process as well as a study to nowaday society.

birth year
1978
Place of Birth
Taipei
Taiwan
education
MFA Department of fine art
Taipei National University of the Arts
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CURRICULUM VITAE
2016
Express Time & Space Delivery
Taishin Art Foundation , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
City Wonder
Art Revolution Taipei , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
The Enlightenment of Labor. Chapter II : The Humbles
Art Revolution , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
The Enlightenment of Labor. Chapter I: The Hiddens
William Art Space Gallery, , Taipei , Taiwan
2010
The Enlightenment of Labor. The Sublime Labor
Art & Julia's Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2004
Follow Nature
Nan Bei Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2004
The World for All
Nan Bei Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2001
Contemplation
Nan Bei Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
Incommensurable Formosa Sculpture Biennial 2015
Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2015
2015 Artist fair Taiwan
Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Friends for Always-The Artistic Bond between TW & JP»
SENDAI , ,Japan
2014
Fun Art Asia
Taoyuan international airport, , Taoyuan , Taiwan
2012
Art Beijing Contemporary Art
Fair William Contemporary Art Space , Beijing , China
2011
Shanghai Art Fair
William Contemporary Art Space , Shanghai , China
2011
Art Taipei 2011
Taipei World Trade Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
Young Art Taipei
Sunworld Dynasty Hotel , Taipei , Taiwan
2010
Art Taipei 2010
Taipei World Trade Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2006
The Unusual Signs»
aiwan New Art Contemporary Art Space , Tainan , Taiwan
2006
Kaohsiung Art Award Exhibition
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2005
Grand Monument
Chinese Culture and Movie Center, , Taipei , Taiwan
2005
The 22nd Kaohsiung Fine Arts Exhibition
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2005
The Legend of the Sculpture Heroes
One Vote In Person Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2005
Incredible!
Museum of Contemporary Art , Taipei , Taiwan
2004
Huashan Sword the 3rd
Huashan 1914 Creative Park, , Taipei , Taiwan
2004
Taoyuan Creation Award Exposition
Taoyuan Culture Center , Taoyuan , Taiwan
2004
aipei Art Award Exhibition
Taipei Fine Art Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2006
Place of Excellence
Kaohsiung Awards 2006,
 
Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2005
Place of Excellence
Kaohsiung Awards 2005
 
Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2004
1st Place
Taoyuan Creation Award
 
Taoyuan , Taiwan
2004
Honorable Mention
Taipei Arts Awards
 
Taipei , Taiwan
2001
3rd Place
2001 Taiwan Provincial Fine Arts Award
 
Taichung , Taiwan
2001
1st Place,
Taipei National University of Arts Award
 
Taipei , Taiwan
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170x55x78 cm
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Here
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467x503x320 cm
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260x73x45 cm
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Will
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220x155x90 cm
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Night Chords
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