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TKG+ Projects Taipei
2017.07.08 Sat - 2017.09.10 Sun
Opening Exhibition
台北市114內湖區瑞光路548巷15號B1&4樓 B1&4F, No.15, Ln. 548, Ruiguang Rd., Neihu Dist., Taipei 114, Taiwan
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Tuesday - Sunday (close on Mondays) 11 am - 7 pm
星期二-星期日(周一休息) 11:00——19:00

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TKG+ Projects|Two Trees and a Mountain ─ Shi Jin-Hua Solo Exhibitio
[Press Release]

Shi Jin-Hua’s practice pivots around his life experiences. In an attempt to blur the boundary between art and life, the artist cultivates an awareness and attitude that allows him to oscillate between art and life, instilling a sense of passion and energy in the emptiness of being, showing the viewer through his work possible ways to fathom all life’s mysteries and connotations, looking in the face life’s inevitability and constraints.

The exhibition title “Two Trees and a Mountain” refers to the three works on view: The Sacrifice Tree (2016), The Yoga Tree (1994–1996), and Pen Walking #160 — Pilgrimage to Mount Kailash (2017). The three series span over two decades. The tree and the little boy from The Sacrifice, which the artist saw back in college, have become a recurrent motif in his work, appearing as themselves in different stages. The artist adapted the story of the little boy who took care of the tree from the film, without realizing the tale of the boy and tree would later become the omen of his life. At first he thought he was a little disciple in the new version of the story, but later realized — when he went to school in California, where he practiced yoga and meditation before a tree in which a large iron nail lodged, the very same tree in the work Yoga Tree — that he was the tree and the deeply lodged nail was his illness, something he could not remove but had to coexist with.

After he returned to Taiwan from the U.S., Shi Jin-Hua began his “Pen Walking” series, where he captures the remnants and transience of life through the brushstrokes and the wear of pencils. He thinks of himself as an apprentice of the pencil, creating myriad brushstrokes and traces on paper or canvas, helping the pencil complete its life cycle. As a continuation of this metaphor for life, the “Pen Walking — Mount Kailash” series documents the artist’s pilgrimage to Mount Kailash in Tibet. With pencils in hand, he embarked on the pilgrimage to seek enlightenment. The pencils slowly shortened just as the pilgrim gradually abandoned his obsession with the self and the material world, endlessly pursuing the spiritual emancipation.


About Shi Jin-Hua

Born on the island of Penghu in 1964, Shi Jin-Hua is a conceptual and performance artist currently living and working in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. As Shi is a type 1 diabetic, monitoring and recording physical conditions and insulin injections has been a part of his life since he was 17. Constantly confronting the stern matter of life and death, Shi treats his own body as an instrument for artistic execution. His practice relates closely to measuring and recording, reflecting an extraordinary spirit of perseverance. He has exhibited in the Taipei Biennial and Asian Art Biennial. His work is housed in public collections, including the White Rabbit Collection, Australia; Taiwan Art Bank, Taiwan; Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan. An upcoming solo exhibition of the artist is to be held at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in October 2017.