Reading Image

17-27F|Mixed media 150x50×15cm 2017



Waves undulating in the distance are waves because that’s the name we have learned in a textbook; therefore, they are called waves. But is this so? Why do I think it is the hair of Gaia gently rippling?” Chu Fang-Yi, an expert at using ceramics as a medium for his creative work and who also has made a practice of observing the structure underlying objects, symbols, memories, and images over the years, thinks “image readings” are not done to obtain information about the images themselves but to absorb the poetic quality and essential soul of the images through instinctive perception. He tries to discover other possibilities in image readings not bound by cultural restrictions and frameworks.

From the ancient times until now, the physical expression of the human perception of images has accumulated until it has itself become an interactive communicative medium. Instinct intrudes itself into the cognitive perceptions of the human mind to make a continuous interpretative identification which “grows” from subconscious feelings. The ability of humans to read and envision images has always existed; however, forms of expression and the significance of imagery are subject to social values and, as a result, the scope of image cognition has become more standardized and narrower. People have even lost the ability to conceptualize and feel moved by images. Chu Fang-Yi hopes to use image reading to help people become aware of the reading instinct hidden deep down inside all of us.

Chu Fang-Yi

2005 MFA, Institute of Applied Arts, Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan,Taiwan
1999 BFA, Department of Industrial Arts, Taiwan College of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 "Reading Image", Cultural Affairs Department, Taipei, Taiwan
2014 "Object of Reading", National Taiwan University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
2012 "Pseudo-object -ART TAIPEI 2012", Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
2012 "Pseudo-object", Accton Arts Foundation, Hsinchu, Taiwan
2010 "White Objects", Andenne Ceramics Museum, Andenne, Belgium

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 "The Delight of Chinese Character Festival 2017", The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2017 "Infinite Forms", A Cross-Field exhibition, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2016 "On the Road-2016", Nomination Exhibition of Chinese Young Artists, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
2016 "Reverse Reality", The Contemporary Arts Exhibition, Lee Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2015 "2015 Kaohsiung Young Art Fair", The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Awards
2015 SELECTED of the 9 th Cheongju International Craft Competition, Chungcheongbuk-do, Korea
2013 SELECTED of Kaohsiung Contemporary Art Award, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2012 MERIT PRIZE of Austronesia International Arts Award 2012, Taiwan
2011 SPECIAL AWARD of the 6 th World Ceramic Biennale Korea International Competition, Korea
2008 SELECTED of the 8 th International Ceramics Competition, Gifu, Japan

Collections
2017 ALIEN Art Co. Ltd., Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2016 White Rabbit Art Museum, Sydney, Australia
2015 Art Bank, Ministry of Culture, Taichung, Taiwan
2014 Art Bank, Ministry of Culture, Taichung, Taiwan
2013 Art Bank, Ministry of Culture, Taichung, Taiwan
2013 Hong Kong Tourism Board, Hong Kong, China

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