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LAI Chih-Sheng
LAST UPDATE : 2019.10.20 / EDITOR : avatintern
30 artworks / 53 exhibition

Born 1971 in Taipei, Taiwan; based in Taipei, Taiwan

During the 1990s Lai Chih-Sheng was a member of the conceptual art group National Oxygen, presenting his early work in disused structures around the periphery of Taipei, which often involved seemingly futile labor, combined with reference to the transformation of site or the reign of absolutism. Examples include an installation in which he stacked a column of 100 bricks up to the ceiling of an empty factory; and another in which he felled a hollow area of an abandoned building with methyl cellulose, forming an artificial water line that met with the surrounding floor. He creates a minimalist, atypical reality within everyday circumstances. His artwork has a site-specic quality, involving concepts of labor and consumption, and raises questions about art and its production, while also drawing on his 13 years of experience as a professional bricklayer.

Extending the tradition of self-reflexivity seen in conceptual art, Lai’s recent work responds to the contemporary art world’s reliance on display systems of self-reference in an exploration of minute perceptions. Such approaches are to be observed in works such as Artwork, a sculpture that mirrors and forms its own pedestal, and Life-Size Drawing (2012), a painting action that hews close to reality, relying on a high investment of labor to trace the very texture of the exhibition venue. Lai strives to remove all vestiges of self-expression from his work, even going so far as transferring the responsibility for its completion onto his audience or the workers who install the exhibition. Such inversions are also demonstrated in Border (2013), in which visitors edge along a narrow path suspended from the venue’s walls, above a centerpiece of discarded materials left behind by exhibition installers, taking to a stage in which one simultaneously observes and is observed.

birth year
1971
Place of Birth
Taipei
Taiwan
Place of Residence
Taipei
Taiwan
education
2003
M.F.A Institute of Plastic Arts
Tainan National College of the Arts
1996
B.F.A Department of Fine Art
National Institute of the Arts
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CURRICULUM VITAE
2015
Scene
ESLITE GALLERY , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
Room1734
Cité Internationale des Arts , Paris , France
2013
Lai Chih-Sheng: Instant
Project One , Hong Kong
2013
Instant
IT PARK , Taipei , Taiwan
2011
An Exception to Reality: Lai Chih-Sheng
ESLITE GALLERY , Taipei , Taiwan
2005
1996 – 2005 Someday, Something and Someone
IT PARK , Taipei , Taiwan
2004
Reality in the Sky
Domicile , Taipei , Taiwan
2001
Combined
Paint House , Tainan , Taiwan
2017
“Kau-Puê, Mutual Companionship in Near Future” Soulangh International Contemporary Art Festival 2017
Soulangh Cultural Park , Tainan , Taiwan
2016
If it be your will, that I speak no more
ESLITE GALLERY , Taipei , Taiwan
2016
Aichi Triennale 2016_Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan
Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya City Art Museum , Aichi, Nagoya, Toyohashi, Okazaki , Japan
2016
Delayed
NHCUE ART SPACE , Hsinchu , Taiwan
2016
Untitled
ESLITE GALLERY , Taipei , Taiwan
2016
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
NO SHOW MUSEUM , North America Tour – In 80 Days Across America , United States of America
2016
Utopias and Heterotopias
The First Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition , Zhejiang , China
2016
SILK ROAD INTERNATIONAL
AMNUA Internatinal Project II , Nanjing , China
2015
At
Project Fulfill Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
The 13th Biennale de Lyon: La vie Moderne
Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art , Lyon , France
2015
Alice’s Rabbit Hole–Everyday Life, Comprehensible and Incomprehensible
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
Abstract on-site
ESLITE GALLERY , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
A Hundred Years of Shame- Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations
Para Site Hong Kong
2014
The Pioneers of Taiwanese Artists, 1971-1980
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2014
The 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, 2014_We have never participated
Shenzhen OCT Contemporary Art Terminal , Shenzhen , China
2014
Margin Archive & Film Fest
ESLITE GALLERY , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
NO SHOW MUSEUM
www.noshowmuseum.com
2014
“Bloom" Eslite Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition
ESLITE GALLERY , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
YES, TAIWAN - 2014 Taiwan Biennial
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2014
Art for Oneself
Tina Keng Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Transcoding: The Geography of Digital Images
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2013
Mind on Forms
Mobile Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
Asia Cruise—Evidence
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2013
Drawing·Expression and Limit
AMNUA , Nanjing , China
2012
Invisible: Art of the Unseen 1957—2012
Hayward Gallery , London , United Kingdom
2011
2nd Chongqing Biennale for Young Artists
Sichuan , China
2011
The 2011 Material Language—Soil
Juming Museum Taiwan
2010
Micro-Image
Ping Pong Art Space, Paint House , Taipei, Tainan , Taiwan
2009
LOOKING UP! LOOKING DOWN!
Eslite Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2008
Ctrl Z
inFIDI space , Taipei , Taiwan
2006
A Realm with No Coordinates
1a Space Hong Kong
2006
A Realm with No Coordinates
NTUE Nan Hai Gallery, NUTN Artistic Special Zone , Taipei, Tainan , Taiwan
2005
Every Time
Nanhai Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan
2002
First Tainan Biennial
Tainan Municipal Cultural Center , Tainan , Taiwan
2002
CO2
Huashan Culture Park , Taipei , Taiwan
2001
Cross-cultural Project in Asia
Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia
2001
Cross-cultural Project in Asia
Taipei, Chiayi , Taiwan
2001
Cross-cultural Project in Asia
Hong Kong
2001
Cross-cultural Project in Asia
Beijing, Shanghai , China
2001
First Taiwan Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition
Huashan Culture Park , Taipei , Taiwan
1999
Nation Oxygen Group Exhibition Part I
Bali Abandoned House , Taipei , Taiwan
1999
Nation Oxygen Group Exhibition Part II
Shin Leh Yuan Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
1999
Island, Penghu, Nation Oxygen
Penghu Islands , Taiwan
1996
Experiment, Interaction
Shanchi Abandoned Factory , Taipei , Taiwan
2014
Cité Internationale des Arts
Paris , France
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