"Note Colours" Art Residency / Hsinchu, Taiwan

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Colors are, as physics describe, the perception deriving from the stimulation of cone cells in the human eye, caused by the light wavelengths in the visible spectrum reflected from different objects.

Colors, on the other hand, are able to transmit emotions and meanings to human beings, and they have been used in visual arts to module the impressions, meaning and symbolism that a visual art work - from paintings to cinema - can transmit to the viewer.

Colors, on the other hand, are able to transmit emotions and meanings to human beings, and they have been used in visual arts to module the impressions, meaning and symbolism that a visual art work - from paintings to cinema - can transmit to the viewer. 

This exhibition addresses the color perception of the same object, in this case the city of Hsinchu, by the eyes of 5 different artists, three local Hsinchu residents and two Polish urban artists.

The urban landscape is full of invisible structures, messages and stories transmitted through its colors, shapes and sounds. For the familiar eye of the local artist, Hsinchu colors offer a range of subtle tonalities, secret meanings hidden behind the first ray of
light striking the city. For the fresh eye of the visiting artist, the city blooms with vivid, raw emotions and feelings.

This exhibition gathers five artists from different backgrounds invited to see and research Hsinchu from the perspective of its colors and sounds. As if each of the artists would be a prism being passed through by a light beam, they create a series of works from their own research and experience.

Bartek Świątecki and Maciej Świątnicki, both from Poland, are abstract painters who have grown as artists in the urban environment, developing each own’s style influenced by the city and the elements on it. In the city, colors are limited. As the prestigious architect Benedetta Tagliabue stated: “Color is something that architects are usually afraid of”. Bartek and Maciej have learnt to see through that limitation in the urban landscape, insufflating their art with color, and making it one of the core elements of their creations. 

In the exhibition, the visitor will be able to contemplate previous creations of the featured artists. Visitors will experience the artists’ creative process and influence of Hsinchu colors and sounds in the works resulting from the artists’ research. Finally, Mixing Studio, a local sound studio will add a new sensory dimension to the artists’ visual works by bringing the city sounds right into the exhibition space, making the visitor experience the full context of the artistic creation.

The exhibition, co-curated between Sonder Foundation and the local WòWò Aesthetics Foundation  was hosted at Hsinchu City Museum during the months of July, August and September of 2019. 

 

Participants: Bartek Świątecki (PL), Maciej Swiatnicki (PL)
 

Organizers: WòWò Aesthetics and Sonder Foundation

Sponsors: Polish Office in Taipei and WòWò Aesthetics

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