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Born in Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 1986, Chou Tai-Chun received his MFA degree with a specialization in painting from the Taipei National University of the Arts in 2012. His artworks have become a part of various domestic and foreign museum collections. Chou’s paintings have also been selected for the Made in Taiwan – Art Taipei Young Artist Discovery in 2012. His solo exhibition named “State of Flux” currently is on display at Taipei Fine Arts Museum. In the earlier series of works Globe Silent and the series Beyond the Silence, which the artist has been working on since 2013, Chou Tai-Chun has been gradually constructing a unique visual experience and imagination manifesting itself in the era the artist is living in now. Although the science-fictional setting and atmosphere he is portraying seems to be remote from reality, yet there are few signifiers in his paintings alluding to the current situation of the world.

Artist Statement
Written by CHOU Tai-Chun

I have always been interested in various kinds of “interfaces.” After Japan’s 311 Earthquake in 2011, I saw a news photo on the Internet of a destroyed street in the disaster area and the photo inspired me to explore “screen interface” in the series Global Silence.

Every day, we know what happens around the world through the interface – “screen.” Among many information sources, media coverage is the most important one. Since the real world is encapsulated in the virtual space, we need to be particularly careful about the authenticity of the information received. Every time when something happens in the other part of the world, we are usually informed through the messages on the Internet instead of witnessing it in person. It thus creates a contradiction – the cyberspace is bustling with noise while the disaster scene is often filled with silence. In the series works, my focus is not on the post-disaster reconstruction of the destroyed area but the real scene itself. In every painting, I try to rebuild the scene, which I have never been present. The world being constructed is the subject I attempt to explore.

For me, it is fascinating to capture the present space-time we exist in through painting. Meanwhile, I am wondering how painting can once again be part of the world of images as a medium to create a new communicational interface.

The concept of the latest series works Beyond the Silence comes from Taiwan’s unstable land after several devastating earthquakes, the fake news, the 24-hour news channels, the fragments of images propagated around the cyberspace, and the disturbances which cannot be disguised while they are also necessary for painting. The issue of “interface” has always been my artist concern. Every day, this interface helps us to know what happens around the world. The information exaggerated by media is the key element for us to know about the world. Since the real world is encapsulated in the virtual space, we need to be particularly careful about the authenticity of the information received.

The 921 Earthquake began the era of mudflows in Taiwan. How should we depict the post-921 Taiwan? Or, what does it signify to depict the post-921 Taiwan? The 921 Earthquake was like a landmark showing that Taiwan had entered the “creative crisis.” The liquid modernity described by Zygmunt Bauman is truthfully embodied by the unstable land in Taiwan. The malicious political wrestling on the one hand ignores the arbitrary and unauthorized development projects, which might harm the environment, while it on the other hand eagerly centralizes and accumulates capital to speed up the economic inequality, causing the society to suffer the endless anxiety. In my paintings, landscape becomes a destroying theater, while the landscape being painted is a topographic chart which crosses different time-spaces in the globalized world, marking the space of the colonizing modernity experienced by contemporary Taiwan.

birth year
1986
Place of Birth
Hsinchu
Taiwan
Place of Residence
Taipei
Taiwan
education
2012
MFA
Taipei National University of the Arts
2008
BFA
Taipei National University of the Arts
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CURRICULUM VITAE
2016
State of Flux
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
Made in Taiwan – Art Taipei Young Artist Discovery
Art Taipei 2012 , Taipei , Taiwan
2010
Rear Area
VT Art Salon , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
The Story Preamble: Miss
Nan-Bei Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2016
Art Taipei 2016
Taipei World Trade Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
Art Kaohsiung 2015
The Pier-2 Art Center , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2015
Art Taichung 2015
Millennium Hotels , Taichung , Taiwan
2015
Freshness of March
Liang Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
What Is & What Will Be, I and II
Show Gallery , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2014
The Present and Future of Japanese and Taiwanese Contemporary Art – Amplitude of the Global and Locality
Tokyo University of the Arts , Tokyo , Japan
2014
Nintender 2.0
Inart Space , Tainan , Taiwan
2014
Dream of a Better Tomorrow
Liang Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
Format Daily
Liang Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
Matchmaker
FreeS Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
Inter-vision: A Contemporary Art Exhibition Across the Strait
National Art Museum of China , Beijing , China
2013
Inter-vision: A Contemporary Art Exhibition Across the Strait
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2012
Crush on EMU
Museum of Contemporary Art , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
Manifestation of Homunculi
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2012
If Otaku Reads About Gilles Louis René Deleuze
Taoyuan County Performing Arts Center, , Taoyuan , Taiwan
2012
Viewpoint – Point of View: To View and to Be Viewed
Da Xiang Art Space , Taichung , Taiwan
2012
Borderless Map: Taiwanese Painting Now
Rooster Gallery , New York , USA
2012
Gaze
Soka Art Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
Nintender
VT Art Salon , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
Why So Serious?
Tunghai University Art Gallery , Taichung , Taiwan
2011
Creating Spaces – The 5th Anniversary of VT
The 5th Anniversary of VT , Taipei , Taiwan
2010
Smooth
King Car Art Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2010
Young Art Taipei 2010
Sunworld Dynasty Hotels , Taipei , Taiwan
2009
Kaleidoscope
Show Gallery , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2009
Reality / Fantasy
Modern Art Gallery , Taichung , Taiwan
2009
About the Orientation of the 21st Century Artists
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2009
Art on Balcony
Project Fulfill Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
The Pen-She Project / Too Swift
Underground Art Museum of the Taipei National University of the Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
Yes We Can College
Garden City Publishers , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
Floating Buffer Zone
Pingpong Artspace , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
The 2nd Long Yen Artistic Creation Exhibition of Arts
Kingstone , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
The 2nd Long Yen Artistic Creation Exhibition of Arts
Kingstone , Taichung , Taiwan
2008
The 2nd Long Yen Artistic Creation Exhibition of Arts
Kingstone , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2007
A4
Underground Art Museum of the Taipei National University of the Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2006
Miao La Jia Gao Chao
Underground Art Museum of the Taipei National University of the Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2006
Moving
Huashan 1914 Creative Park , Taipei , Taiwan
2006
People at Jiang Hu – Plan on Tamsui River
ITPARK , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Selected
Li Chun-Shan Foundation
Visual Arts Award
Taiwan
2014
Selected
2D Creation Series
Exhibition of the Newly Emerging Artists in Taiwan
Taiwan
2013
Selected
Kaohsiung Awards
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2012
Selected
Art Taipei Young Artist Discovery
Made in Taiwan
Taiwan
2011
Selected
Plastic Arts Category
S-An Cultural Foundation Award
Taiwan
2011
Selected
Kaohsiung Awards
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2010
Selected
Collecting Young Artists’ Works Project
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Taichung , Taiwan
2009
Selected
Outstanding Art Prize
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts
Taipei , Taiwan
2008
Selected
Plastic Arts Category
S-An Cultural Foundation Award
Taiwan
2008
First Prize
Art Award
Taoyuan Contemporary
Taoyuan , Taiwan
2007
First Prize in Graphic Arts
A4: The 21st Exhibition of the Taipei National University of the Arts
 
Taipei , Taiwan
2007
Selected
Arts Award
The 2nd Long Yen Foundation Creative
Taiwan
2007
Selected
2D Creation Series
Exhibition of the Newly Emerging Artists in Taiwan
Selected
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