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LAI Chih-Sheng
LAST UPDATE : 2022.07.22 / EDITOR : tcaa
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Born 1971 in Taipei, Taiwan; based in Taipei, Taiwan

Delicate interventions in space and the landscape - a pulled thread, a hole gathering droplets of water, a tree emerging from the walls. Lai Chih-Sheng (b. 1971, Taiwan) pursues a practice that plays with tension, the everyday and personal encounters across multiple mediums in particular installation and sculpture. There is a playful minimalism in the way he observes detail and creates relationships between different parts of a room, engaging the viewer’s sense of body and presence. 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 labour. As such, there are certain pervading traits throughout his work: an affinity to environment and space, a sense of expanse, a lyrical delicacy that engages our curiosity.

Interested in self-reflexivity and how it applies to the tradition of conceptual art, Lai Chih-Sheng engages with a practice that is aware of its own ‘artificiality’ or absurdity. He consciously creates atypical realities within everyday circumstances that have a site-specific quality. In line with this consciousness of absurdity or atypicality, he explores minute perceptions. Lai Chih-Sheng also draws on his personal experience of working for 13 years as a professional bricklayer, using this as a foundation to comment on labour and consumption. As such, 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.

Consider, for example, ‘Drifting Sandbar’ (2018) presented at the 2nd Great Taipei Biennial of Contemporary Art. A range of metallic cords stretch and string across the room, creating interventions in the space that at once delicately fill it but also make its emptiness all the more palpable. A raised plank of the same glossy grey colour as the floor acts as the anchor for the strings and a portal for visitors to walk down and engage. This act of tracing space also appears, albeit in a different way, in the earlier work ‘Life-Size Drawing’ (2012) presented at the Hayward Gallery, London in which single lines were drawn around the architecture of the space - delicate outlines, linear in form, but comparatively invisible to the naked eye. A drawing or painting action that relied heavily on labour, there is a pointing to futility while also honouring the textures of space.

Further interventions include Border (2013), recreated and presented at the Lyon Biennial in 2015 and Aichi in 2017, 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, the mind is engaged as one is conscious of the generated waste but equally our bodies respond to the tight elevated walkway one has been granted by comparison to the below expanse of detritus. A sense of space and distortion is equally achieved in ‘Scene’ (2015) in which the ceiling is lowered so it hovers right above visitors heads, as if entering a darkened yet luminous cave.

Ultimately, Lai Chih-Sheng prompts us to pay that little more attention to our surroundings, to what we contribute and how, engaging with our contexts, the peculiarities of space and the present. Through his subtle and delicate interventions and alterations, he points to the correlation between magnanimity and impact, demonstrating the weight and value of the subtle and minimal.

Lai Chih-Sheng has exhibited internationally including solo exhibitions at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (2020), Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima(2019), Observations Society, Guangzhou (2018), Eslite Gallery, Taipei (2017) and participated in group exhibitions at Aichi Triennale, Nagoya(2016), Lyon Biennial, Lyon(2015), OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen (2014) and Hayward Gallery, London(2012).

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
2020
Closer
Taipei Fine Arts Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2020
Linger
Alien Art Centre , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2019
Besides
Kirishima Open Air Museum , Kagoshima , Japan
2018
Canton Flower Bridge
Observation Society , Guangzhou , China
2017
Between Dog and Wolf
ESLITE GALLERY , Taipei , Taiwan
2015
At
Project Fulfill Art Space , Taipei , Taiwan
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
2022
Orientation of daily life: A Biopsy of our life
Tainan Art Museum , Tainan , Taiwan
2022
2222
Chiayi Art Museum , Chiayi , Taiwan
2021
RHE—Shape of Water
Edouard Malingue Gallery/ EMG HK Tin Wan Studio Hong Kong
2021
creN/Ature
TKG+ Projects , Taipei , Taiwan
2021
Places of Being- Space and Materiality in Taiwan's Avant-Garde Art, 1980-2021
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2020
To Martian Anthropologists
New Taipei City Arts Center , Taipei , Taiwan
2019
Healthier, simpler, wiser
Edouard Malingue Gallery , Shanghai , China
2019
Close
Crane Gallery , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2019
Folded Veil
Edouard Malingue Gallery , Central , Hong Kong
2019
Art of Absence
ESLITE GALLERY , Taipei , Taiwan
2019
This is very simple. Who wouldn't be able to do it?
EXPO Dome , Taipei , Taiwan
2018
Daily-The 2th Greater Taipei Biennial of Contemporary Art
NTUA , Taipei , Taiwan
2018
Sui Generis-Jing-Pai of Taiwan
IT PARK , Taipei , Taiwan
2018
Video On the Phone
Hong Gah Museum , Taipei , 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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