I can’t tell the difference between a Monet and a Debussy but I’ve always loved art museums. Art museums give me hope. I sometimes look at an artwork, smack myself in the head and think, “I could have done that! If only I had thought of it first.”
Case in point: Bug’s Traces by artist Xiao-Yuan Hu, now showing at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum as part of Taipei Biennial 2014 (TB 2014). A variety of critters are dipped in ink, dropped onto a scroll of paper and left to their own devices. The result? An abstract ink painting courtesy of those garden insects.
TB 2014, with its theme The Great Acceleration, is a “tribute to the coactivity amongst humans and animals, plants and objects.” Such lofty ambitions aside, the exhibition is a fascinating display of what this relationship means to 52 different artists. From the beautiful to the grotesque, the uplifting to the ridiculous, these artists have interpreted the theme according to their own personalities.
Scroll through for a snapshot of some of my favorite art pieces.
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