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Made in Taiwan: Politics - Limbs-Trunk Sign Section, Slogan Section, N Ways of Understanding Carrot, The Phantom of a Deer
1989-1991
BY
Yang Mao-Lin
MADE IN TAIWAN‧Limbs-Trunk Sign Section II
1990
Mixed media
160x320cm
MADE IN TAIWAN‧Limbs-Trunk Sign Section VI
1990
Mixed media
175x350cm
MADE IN TAIWAN‧Slogan Section IV
1990
Mixed media
260x350cm
MADE IN TAIWAN‧Slogan Section VI
1990
Mixed media
190x350cm
N Ways of Understanding Carrot I
1991
Mixed media
77x57cm
The Phantom of a Deer M9101
1991
mixed media
67X129 cm
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Words and phrases first started to make an appearance in Yang’s works in the early 1990s. Indeed, Made in Taiwan – Slogan Section (1990) contained the phrases “Made in Taiwan” and “Tomorrow will be better.” Interestingly, the artist continued to use “Made in Taiwan” throughout his extremely varied portfolio of work on history and culture. However, these phrases were not merely one of multiple creative elements they also served their own distinctive function and in addition to establishing a “picture-language” relationship with depicted images added to the “realism” of the pieces. At the same time, the words and phrases also had a title type visual effect when viewed. This achieved the objective desired by the artist and despite differences in the meaning of individual words the creative motivation remained entirely consistent.

For a long time now, the relationship between political language used by government officials and real society has been reduced to something akin to the rules of linguistics. What this means is that certain words and phrases are sufficient to signify a social phenomenon and the relationship between people and society or politics can be similarly constructed on the basis of artificial methods that manipulate language. In Made in Taiwan – Politics Section, Yang Mao-lin demonstrates how political language is used and showcases the fact that this approach is so ingrained as to completely hide the reality of politics, which as a result becomes largely unknowable to normal people.

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12 artworks / 205 exhibition
Painting , Installation Art , Sculpture
The history of Taiwan is replete with numerous cultural interactions, the constant interplay of which has resulted in the evolution of unique cultural DNA. Over many years, Yang Mao-lin has consistently used art as a vehicle to express his opinion ...
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Yang Mao-Lin, 2003-2006, Sculpture
Yang Mao-Lin, 2006-2009, Sculpture
Yang Mao-Lin, 1991-1995, Painting
Yang Mao-Lin, 2012-today, Sculpture
Yang Mao-Lin, 2009-2011, Sculpture
Yang Mao-Lin, 2002-2003, Sculpture
Yang Mao-Lin, 1991-1995, Painting
Yang Mao-Lin, 2010-2011, Sculpture
Yang Mao-Lin, 2010-2011, Sculpture
Yang Mao-Lin, 2005-2007,
Yang Mao-Lin, 2007-2009, Sculpture