Winter
Frozen Stream, 2017, inkjet print, 147.3 x 184.2 cm (58" x 72.5"), ed 1/5

August 31 - September 30

Chih-Chien Wang
Winter connects us, then spring arrives

Opening Thursday August 31st from 6pm to 8pm
Artist in attendance

963 rue Rachel Est
Montréal QC H2J 2J4

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ABOUT THE SHOW

Winter connects us, then spring arrives

The process of documentation gradually stirs and alters the happening of events. Far from being passive, it offers structure to its subjects; it ritualizes their daily existence, both private and professional. It participates in events and further generates energy or regulates progress. The act of documenting possesses certain forms, and this work seeks to recognize their various facades that simultaneously replace the original and acquire authenticity.

This work includes documentation of traces in domestic and exterior environments. It combines senses of representation and interpretation within a personal context that lends itself to fictional readings. Its inherent shift of perspectives might relate to an autobiographical or ideological intent in which body becomes a political presence, and space turns into an arena for testing and examining hypothetical perfection. As an anticipation of the uprising of new generations and the transition of authority, this work is about the process of looking at self as past.

The earth rotates, and the sun rises and sets. Seasons change, snow melts, and spring comes. Life reveals its rotative form, as new generations sprout, confronting and rebelling. The conflict between the past and the future implies a challenging process of destructing and balancing, reaching for harmony in a new order. Looking at the growth and the development of my now 8-year-old son, I question the role of father, caretaker and educator, and wonder about the imagination I have encouraged and the limits I have unconsciously set. In observing the universe he has at once disturbed and generated, I feel inspired by the overlapping perceptions of fiction and reality.

Photographs and videos gently intertwine in the exhibition space to construct a cohesive environmental and visual context that refers to various interests, including transition, fiction, space, body, power, will and narrative. This photographic and video imagery proposes a self-contained world where objects bear witness to quotidian gestures and fragments resonate to an abstracted form of everyday life. These elements rotate as they take part in the endless circle of a personal life, within which one ultimately longs for a sky and the ability to fly.

- Chih-Chien Wang

The gallery is proud that this exhibition was chosen as one of the satellite exhibitions of the Momenta Biennale

The artist thanks the Canada Council for the Arts

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Chih-Chien Wang was born in Taiwan and has resided in Montreal since 2002, where he obtained a MFA degree at Concordia University following studies at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Taiwan. His recent solo exhibitions could be seen at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin (2016) the Art Gallery of Mississauga (2015), the Darling Foundry in Montreal (2015), Expression in Saint-Hyacinthe (2014), the Musée régional de Rimouski (2013) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2012), and he has been included in group exhibitions, including the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, The Quebec Triennial at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the National Gallery of Canada, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery in Montreal, Zenith Gallery in Beijing, Aperture in New York, Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne Switzerland. His work can be seen this Fall at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (« Hommage to collector Roy Heenan » ), at the Kamloops Art Gallery in British Columbia (« Since Then » group exhibition) and at the at Art Museum at the University of Toronto/ Justina M. Barnicke Gallery ( « Far and Near: the Distance(s) between Us »). The Canada Council of the Arts awarded Chih-Chien Wang the 2017 Duke and Duchess of York Prize in photography.

His works figure prominently in several public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Ville de Montréal - and in corporate and private collections such as Hydro Quebec, Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank Group, Fédération des Caisses Desjardins, Banque nationale, Giverny Capital and Caisse de dépôt et placement.

PHOTOS


Winter   Winter   Winter
Cloud Apple
2017
inkjet print
16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
ed 1/5
  Snow and Branches
2017
inkjet print
28 x 42 in. (71.1 x 106.7 cm)
ed 1/5
  Paper Fold
2017
inkjet print
24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm)
ed 1/5


Winter   Winter   Winter
Frozen Stream
2017
inkjet print
58 x 72 1/2 in. (147.3 x 184.2 cm)
ed 1/5
  Building Sun Reflection
2017
inkjet print
28 x 42 in. (71.1 x 106.7 cm)
ed 1/5
  Cloud 86
2017
inkjet print
16 x 24 in. (40.6 x 61 cm)
ed 1/5


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Cloud 87
2017
inkjet print
16 x 24 in. (40.6 x 61 cm)
ed 1/5
Stem by Marble
2017
inkjet print
32 x 40 in. (81.3 x 101.6 cm)
ed 1/5
Orange Skin Tree
2017
inkjet print
32 x 40 in. (81.3 x 101.6 cm)
ed 1/5


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Light on Wall
2017
inkjet print
58 x 72 in. (147.3 x 184.2 cm)
ed 1/5
Chair and Tapes
2017
inkjet print
40" x 32” (101.6 x 81.3 cm)
ed 1/5
Blind Shadow
2017
inkjet print
101.6 x 81.3 cm (40" x 32”)
ed 1/5


Winter Winter Winter
Pear and Glass Water
2017
inkjet print
40 x 32 in. (101.6 x 81.3 cm)
ed 1/5
Needle Orange
2017
inkjet print
32 x 40 in. (81.3 x 101.6 cm)
ed 1/5
Dry Flower Paper Roll
2017
inkjet print
42 x 28 in. (106.7 x 71.1 cm)
ed 1/5


Winter Winter
Shaore 59
2017
inkjet print
60 x 40 in. (152.4 x 101.6 cm)
ed 1/5
Shaore 61
2017
inkjet print
60 x 40 in. (152.4 x 101.6 cm)
ed 1/5
 


WORKS

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VIDEOS

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Cloud and Air
2017
HD video
1m32s loop
Man in Square
2017
HD video
2m loop
Sky Rotation
2017
Hd video
8m loop


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Cube Rotation
2017
HD video
2m17s loop
Shaore Rotation
2017
HD video
46s loop
 



LINKS

- Chih-Chien Wang's website
- Chih-Chien Wang's page on the PFOAC website
- Click here to download the artist's recent C.V.



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