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Cyano-Collage 150

Wu Chi-Tsung Solo Presentation at ADAA Art Show

 Cyano-Collage 150
 Cyano-Collage 150 《氰山集之一百五十》, 2022, 146 x 297cm

Wu Chi-Tsung Solo Presentation ADAA Art Show 2022  
Sean Kelly Gallery | Booth A10 

Preview November 2, 2022
Dates November 3 – 6, 2022
Meet the Artists November 6, 2022, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Wu Chi-Tsung will be present)
Venue Park Avenue Armory, New York

Sean Kelly Gallery will present Wu Chi-Tsung Solo Presentation at the ADAA Art Show in New York as the artist’s debut at the Art Show.

Founded in 1962, ADAA is a national non-profit membership organization of art galleries that promotes the highest standards of connoisseurship, scholarship, and ethical practice in the industry. In the classical and elegant neo-Gothic building of the Park Avenue Armory, the exhibition will feature works of art from the Renaissance to the present, including oil paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photographs.

The Art Show is distinctive for its focus on solo exhibitions since its inception, allowing galleries to present a comprehensive overview of an artist’s career and explore their aesthetic connotations. This year, 55 of the 78 participating galleries will present solo exhibitions of artists.

This is why Chi-Tsung is particularly looking forward to this solo exhibition. With a historical anchor crossing from the classic to the present, as well as the refined and sophisticated aesthetic taste, ADAA’s focus is in alignment with Chi-Tsung’s professional training and artistic pursuit, where he was trained in the traditions of calligraphy, ink painting, watercolor painting and drawing at a young age, and reflects these time-honored idioms in his contemporary practices. 

With new works from the Cyano-Collage Series and a work from the Still Life Series, the solo aims to reveal how Chi-Tsung’s work reflects “the influence of traditional aesthetics in his contemporary works, and at the same time critically consider how the development of media and technology affect the relationship between people and the world.

Cyano-Collage 146
Cyano-Collage 146,《氰山集之一百四十六》,2022, 60 x 60 cm

尚凱利畫廊 | A10展位
預展 2022年11月2日
日期 2022年11月3-6日
藝術家導覽 2022年11月6日正午12時至下午3時 (吳季璁將會在場)
地址 美國紐約公園大道軍械庫




Drawing Study Series will be exhibited in the Museum of Eastern Art of Turin

Drawing Study - Limestone Head of Bodhisattva, Sui Dynasty
Drawing Study – Limestone Head of Bodhisattva, Sui Dynasty
《寫生習作 - 隋 灰石菩薩首像》2021, 00;21;01

Buddha10: A Fragmented display on Buddhist visual evolution 
Dates October 20, 2022 – September 3, 2023
Preview October 19, 2022
Venue Via San Domenico, 11 10122 Torino Italia

Invited by Davide Quadrio, curator of the exhibition who is renowned for working closely in the East Asian art scene over decades, Wu Chi-Tsung’s Drawing Study Series will be presented at Buddha10: A Fragmented display on Buddhist visual evolution at MAO – Museo d’Arte Orientale di Torino (Museum of Eastern Art). 

The MAO exhibition will feature collections from different geographical areas and expand through a wide chronological period in the museum’s collection, among which Buddhist sculptures from the Chinese collection will be the highlight, with the aim to offer different perspectives and reflections on the museum and its proud collection of Asian art. The antiques will be echoed by a number of contemporary art practices and new works including the Drawing Study Series. The series originated in 2021 inspired by Chi-Tsung’s collaboration with TAO ART SPACE for his solo exhibition in Taipei, in which he uses a flashlight as a paintbrush to capture the silhouette of ancient Buddhist statues and records the tails of light in space, allowing the outlines of the statues to gradually appear. The gentle movement and the dim glow have created a yūgenism (profound grace and subtlety) atmosphere, symphonizing the timeless quality of the statues that were created centuries ago.  

Museum of Eastern Art of Turin
Museum of Eastern Art of Turin 杜林東方藝術博物館

展覽日期 2022年10月20日至2023年9月3日
預覽 2022年10月19日
地址 Via San Domenico, 11 10122 Torino Italia

在策展人樂大豆( Davide Quadrio)的邀請下,吳季璁的《寫生習作》系列作品將於杜林東方藝術博物館的群展《Buddha10》中展出。

本次展覽中,策展人從博物館引以為豪的亞洲藝術收藏中精選出來自不同地域、跨越古今的展品,並同時展示與之呼應的當代藝術作品,旨在為亞洲藝術史提供新穎的解讀視角與反思,此觀念與《寫生習作》的創作初衷不謀而合。《寫生習作》佛像系列起源於2021年吳季璁與台北藝術空間TAO ART SPACE的合作,他用手電筒作為畫筆,捕捉古代雕塑的輪廓,記錄空間中的光跡,輕柔的光線緩緩照亮昏暗的佛像,使其輪廓逐漸顯現,創造了一種幽玄的氛圍,映照出佛像幾個世紀以來的永恒與靜謐。


New Cyano-Collages at Frieze London

Cyano-Collage 154,
Cyano-Collage 154,《氰山集之一百五十四》,2022,·85 x  200 cm 

Stand D09, Sean Kelly New York

VIP Preview days
 October 12-13, 2022
Public days October 14-16, 2022
Venue The Regent’s Park, London, UK

VIP預覽 2022年10月12~13日
公眾開放 2022年10月14~16日
地址 倫敦攝政公園內

Represented by Sean Kelly Gallery, Wu Chi-Tsung’s Cyano-Collage will return to Frieze London 2022 after its debut in the world-renowned fair last year. 



New Cyano-Collage presented at The Armory Show

Cyano-Collage 135,《氰山集之一百三十五》,2022,60 x  60 cm 

Sean Kelly Gallery | Booth 120
VIP Preview Sep 8, 2022
Public Days  Sep 9-11, 2022
Venue  Javits Center, 429 11th Ave, New York, NY 10001, United States

Represented by Sean Kelly Gallery, Wu Chi-Tsung’s new work Cyano-Collage 135 will be participating in the Armory Art Show in New York. Founded in 1994, The Armory Show is New York City’s premier art fair and a leading cultural destination for discovering and collecting the world’s most important 20th- and 21st-century art.

Installation view
Installation view 展覽現場
Installation view
Installation view 展覽現場

尚凱利畫廊 | Booth 120
貴賓預展 2022年9月8日
公眾展期  2022年9月9日至11日
會址  美國紐約 11大道429號,賈維茨會議中心(Javits Center)

本月,尚凱利畫廊將帶著吳季璁的的新作《氰山集之一百三十五》參加位於美國紐約的The Armory Art Show 。作为紐約市首屈一指的藝術博覽會,成立於1994年的軍械庫博覽會匯聚國際頂尖畫廊,是收藏世界上最重要的20世紀和21世紀藝術品的極佳舞台。

Cyano-Collage 130

Cyano-Collage Series on Bronze Marks Wu Chi-Tsung’s Debut in Art Basel Basel

Cyano-Collage 130
Cyano-Collage 130,《氰山集之一百三十》,2022,60 x  60 cm 

Sean Kelly Gallery Hall 2.1, Booth P2

VIP Preview Jun 14-15, 2022

Public Days  Jun 16 – 19, 2022

Venue  Messe Basel, Messeplatz 10, 4058 Basel, Switzerland

This June, the first Cyano-Collage Series created on a bronze panel will be exhibited at Sean Kelly Gallery’s booth which marks Wu Chi-Tsung’s debut in Art Basel in Basel. As the development of the series, the artist has experimentally worked with aluminum panels in 2021 and bronze panels this year as a substitute for wooden baseboards to achieve better durability of the works. The metal quality of the baseboard creates a distinct reflection that leaks through the Cyano-Collage landscape and broadens the potential of the series. 

尚凱利畫廊2.1大廳, P2展位

貴賓預展 2022年6月14日至15日

公眾展期  2022年6月16日至19日

會址  瑞士巴塞爾展覽中心



Quadriptych Cyano-Collage Series in Art Basel Hong Kong

 Cyano-Collage 145
 Cyano-Collage 145, 《氰山集之一百四十五》, 2022, 225 x 90cm x 4pcs

Galerie du Monde|Booth 1C11

VIP Preview May 25-27, 2022 

Public Days May 28-29, 2022  

Venue  Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

In late May, new work from the Cyano-Collage Series in a quadriptych composition will be presented at Galerie du Monde’s booth in Art Basel in Hong Kong.  

 Cyano-Collage 145
 Cyano-Collage 145, 《氰山集之一百四十五》, 2022, 225 x 90cm x 4pcs


貴賓預展 2022年5月25日至27日

公眾展期  2022年5月28日至29日

會址  香港國際會議展覽中心


Installation View 展覽現場

installation view
Photography: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York
installation view
Photography: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York


New Works of Cyano-Collage Series and Wrinkled Texture Series at Taipei Dangdai

Wrinkled Texture 118
Wrinkled Texture 118, 《皴法習作118》  , 2021, 213.5 x 92 cm

Galerie du Monde|Booth A08

VIP Preview May 19, 2022

Public Days  May 20 – 22, 2022

Venue  Taipei World Trade Center  Hall 1

New works of Wu Chi-Tsung’s will be showcased in Taipei Dangdai Art Fair represented by Galerie du Monde. This will be the premiere of the Cyano-Collage Series on aluminum in Taiwan. Speaking of the Wrinkled Texture Series and Cyano-Collage Series that both replace the traditional ink and brush used in Chinese Shan Shui painting with experimental photography, Chi-Tsung once shared that “I started to do Cyanotypes simply because I am not satisfied with digital photography nowadays’, and the process of making the two series ‘really similar to how ink painters do Chinese landscapes: they are constructing a world they want to project themselves inside.”

Cyano-Collage 141
Cyano-Collage 141,《氰山集之一百四十一 》, 2022, 225 x 90 cm


貴賓預展 2022年5月19日

公眾展期  2022年5月20日至22日

會址  台北世貿一館





Cyano-Collage 051 will be Presented at Nguyen Art Foundation in Vietnam

Cyano-Collage 051
Cyano-Collage 051,《氰山集之五十一》,2018,90 x  300 cm

Illuminated Curiosities

Opening Reception 18:30, Thursday 05 May 2022 at EMASI Nam Long
Public Days May to December 2022
Opening Hours 10:00 ~16:00, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, by appointment only
Venue EMASI Nam Long and EMASI Van Phuc, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Cyano-Collage 051 will be exhibited in the group exhibition Illuminated Curiosities. Presented by Nguyen Art Foundation (NAF) and Lan Tinh Foundation and featuring 46 artworks from within and outside NAF’s Collection, the exhibition aims to highlight the unique intersection between art and science, especially in today’s world where artistic experimentation and production continue to be ever more diverse, research-driven, and interdisciplinary.

Established in 2018, the Nguyen Art Foundation has worked to build an alternative infrastructure for the arts in Vietnam. It was founded by Quynh Nguyen, under the advisory of Cam Xanh and focuses on artists connected in any way to Vietnam. 

Chi-Tsung met Cam Xanh in Korea in 2016 at the Asia Young 36 exhibition and was later invited by her for an artist residency at MoT+++ which she co-founded. In May 2020, Chi-Tsung and Cam Xanh co-established a studio in Ho Chi Minh City. Except for the Cyano-Collage 051, Still Life 007 – Daffodil and Still Life 012 – Buttercup Treewere also acquired by the foundation. 

The opening reception of the group exhibition will take place on May 5 at EMASI Nam Long where Wu Chi-Tsung’s work will be exhibited. Please RSVP via this link

For general visiting, please make a  reservation prior to your visit via

Still Life 007 – Daffodil
Still Life 007 – Daffodil, 《小品之七 水仙》,2018, 14 min 41 sec
Acquired by the Nguyen Art Foundation 

Illuminated Curiosities

開幕酒會 2022年5月5日18時30分,於EMASI Nam Long
展期  2022年5月至12月
開館時間 每週一、週三、週五10時至16時,預約制
地點  越南胡志明市EMASI Nam Long 與 EMASI Van Phuc

這個5月,《氰山集之五十一》將在群展《Illuminated Curiosities》中展出。該展覽由Nguyen 藝術基金會 (NAF) 與 Lan Tinh基金會主辦,展覽主體為包括吳季璁作品在內的Nguyen 藝術基金會藏品,旨在呈現在藝術創作與實踐走向多樣化、研究導向與跨學科的時代背景下,藝術與科學產生的獨特交集與碰撞。

Nguyen 藝術基金會成立於2018年,由Quynh Nguyen創立、Cam Xanh擔任顧問。基金會致力收藏以各種形式與越南有關聯的當代藝術作品,為越南的藝術生態貢獻了獨特的視角與多元的活力。

吳季璁與Cam Xanh於2016年共同參加韓國Asia Young 36展覽時相識。2018年,吳季璁受邀在Cam Xanh參與創辦的MoT+++空間中進行了為期三個月的駐村。2020年5月,二人在胡志明市共同成立了一個工作室。除《氰山集之五十一》外,《小品之七 水仙》與《小品之十二 彎子木》也由NAF基金會所典藏。

展覽開幕酒會將於5月5日在EMASI Nam Long舉行,吳季璁的作品也將在此展出,請通過此鏈接預約出席。展期內一般參觀,敬請通過 進行預約。

Still Life

Santa Barbara Independent Features: Visual Artists Bring a Gentle Rewiring to Santa Barbara
《Santa Barbara Independent》展評:視覺藝術家們為聖塔芭芭拉帶來思維挑戰

still life series
 Still Life 014 — Yellow Mai Flower, 《小品之十四 黃梅》,2020, 6 min 55 sec
Acquired by Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Still Life 012 – Buttercup Tree and Still Life 014 – Yellow Mai Flower, both acquired by Santa Barbara Museum of Art, are now on view in the group exhibition Mediated Nature of the museum till December. In an exhibition review in Santa Barbara Independent, it is stated that  the works have “challenged our media consumption habits at a different level.” 

“Chi-Tsung enacts a faux-pas in an entertainment landscape where plants are mere mute extras meant to signify exoticism. His shots linger on a stationary plant for more than six minutes. In his work, the medium of video is camouflaged as painting. Although celebrating the mundane can be an oversubscribed concept, the elaborate care in Chi-Tsung’s work — the crispness of the colors, the subtle mist-like atmosphere enveloping the plants — bends time. The viewer wonders, ‘Have I been watching this flower for six minutes or 20’?

When the medium changes, so does the message. Chi-Tsung’s “Still Life 012 — Buttercup Tree” carves new depths within our experience of mundanity. A shivering leaf becomes a noteworthy event, and mist traveling slowly along a plant’s wet roots becomes an erotic experience.”

Still Life
Still Life 012 – Buttercup Tree,《小品之十二彎子木》, 00;06;58, 2019

吳季璁的兩件錄像作品《小品之十二 彎子木》和《小品之十四 黃梅》被美國聖塔巴巴拉美術館收藏,並將於美術館群展《媒介化的自然》中展出至十二月。當地媒體《Santa Barbara Independent》對該展覽的展評稱《小品》系列影像作品從不同角度挑戰了人們的媒介使用習慣。


當媒介改變時,其傳遞的信息也隨之改變。季璁的《小品之十二 彎子木》為我們的日常經驗帶來新的感知可能:一片顫抖的樹葉成為令人注目的焦點,而沿著植物的濕潤根部慢慢遊移的水霧則為畫面增添了調情意味的氛圍。」

Written by 文/ Halim Madi


Financial Times Features: Something in the Water — the Rise of Aquatic Art

 Cyano-Collage 078, 《氰山集之七十八》,85 x 200cm, 2020
Acquired by the UBS Art Collection 

In a recent article featuring the rise of water-themed art in the Financial Times, Wu Chi-Tsung’s Cyano-Collage Series was introduced in detail as a supporting argument for the potential cultural and philosophical depth of Art of this theme. 

It was stated that Wu Chi-Tsung didn’t originally intend his cyanotypes to be about water. He began the works with mountains in mind, but soon saw that his photographic blue spaces resembled tumultuous waves. As the series grew he began to explore ways the works could be interpreted as traditional Shanshui paintings, ocean views and natural landscapes. 

Chi-Tsung shares that “I was thinking I could try the possibilities of combining earlier techniques and materials, and hoping I could work with Xuan paper.” Regarding the production process that is direct and analogue, “I’m basically like a farmer,” he laughs, “it’s physical. I crumble the paper, I feel the paper. When the humidity is different it affects the paper. If it’s drier, it’s harder. If it’s more humid, it’s softer. There are lots of coincidences that I cannot control. That’s the best part.” 

The writer continued to state that the results are abstract but appear like seascapes. “I cannot say if [the work] is concrete or abstract,” Wu adds. “Chinese landscapes never really represent specific mountains. An artist draws their own interpretation of the scene.” Chi-Tsung’s works are growing ever larger: his recent show at Sean Kelly in New York included a triptych of pieces reaching up to 9m high. The works also reflect the artist’s love of rock climbing in Taipei – “facing a giant wall every day and a sea wave just behind me”. Similarly, his aim is to immerse the viewer in the space.





Written by/ 文 Francesca Gavin

still life series

Still Life 014-Yellow Mai Flower Acquired by UBS Art Collection and Exhibited in New York
《小品之十四 黃梅》加入UBS瑞銀藝術收藏並於紐約展出

still life series
Still Life 014 – Yellow Mai flower, 《小品之十四 黃梅》,2020, 6 min 55 sec

Reimagining: New Perspectives
    January 27 – May 30, 2022
Venue 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York

We are delighted to share that Wu Chi-Tsung’s  Still Life 014 – Yellow Mai Flower  was recently acquired by the UBS Art Collection and is featured in the latest exhibition Reimagining: New Perspectives in the UBS Art Gallery in New York. 

Located in UBS’s Midtown New York Headquarters, the UBS Art Gallery was initially established in 1985 and has been closed to the public since 2009. This exhibition marks the reopening of the gallery and provides an opportunity for the public to once again discover in person works from one of most important corporate collections of contemporary art in the world.

The exhibition united new acquisitions of the UBS Art Collection. With over 30,000 artworks by some of the most influential artists of our time, the collection aims to collect the most relevant art made today that both challenges and connects people. In 2020, Cyano-Collage 078 was also acquired by the Collection. 

Cyano-Collage 078
Cyano-Collage 078,《氰山集之七十八》,85 x 200cm, 2020

日期    2022年1月27日~5月30日
地址    紐約美洲大道1285號

小品之十四 黃梅》近日加入UBS瑞銀藝術收藏,並在位於紐約的瑞銀藝術畫廊的最新展覽《重塑:新觀點》中展出。 




Works of Cyano-Collage Series and Wrinkled Texture Series will Participate in Frieze Los Angeles

Cyano-Collage 128
Cyano-Collage 128,《氰山集之一百二十八》,2022,90 x  120 cm

Sean Kelly Gallery | Stand A8
Preview  February 17, 2022
Public Days  February 18-20, 2022
Venue  9900 Wilshire Boulevard,Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Represented by Sean Kelly Gallery, Wu Chi-Tsung’s new works from the Wrinkled Texture Series and the Cyano-Collage Series will be exhibited at Frieze Los Angeles. Last October, upon Chi-Tsung’s first participation in Frieze London, the fair interviewed him in his Taipei studio and produced a documentary video in collaboration with Sean Kelly Gallery. Titled “Wu Chi-Tsung Reinvents Tradition”, the official website of the Frieze featured this video with an article that introduces how he re-evaluates the tradition and his abiding concern with process, perception and vision.

About Frieze 

Frieze Art Fair is an international contemporary art fair in London, New York, and Los Angeles.Frieze London takes place every October in London’s Regent’s Park. In the US, the fair has been running on New York’s Randall’s Island since 2012, with its inaugural Los Angeles edition taking place February 2019.[2][3] The fair was launched by Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, the founders of frieze magazine, and is led by Victoria Siddall, global director of Frieze Fairs. Frieze Art Fair features more than 170 contemporary art galleries, and the fair also includes specially commissioned artists’ projects, a talks programme and an artist-led education schedule.

Cyano-Collage 127
Cyano-Collage 127,《氰山集之一百二十七》,2022,90 x  210 cm

Sean Kelly Gallery | A8展位

公眾開放  2022年2月18~20日
地址  美國加州洛杉磯比佛利山市威爾榭大道9900號,90210



弗里茲藝術博覽會是在倫敦、紐約和洛杉磯舉辦的國際當代藝術博覽會,紐約弗里茲博覽會自2012年起在紐約的蘭德爾島舉辦。博覽會由Frieze雜誌的創始人Amanda Sharp和Matthew Slotover發起,並由Frieze Fairs的全球總監Victoria Siddall領導。 弗里茲藝術博覽會擁有170多家當代藝術畫廊,該博覽會還包括特別委託的藝術家項目、會談項目和藝術家主導的教育日程。

Installation View 展覽現場

installation view
Photography: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York
installation view
Photography: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

installation view

New York Solo Exhibition jing-atmospheres listed as Editors’ Picks by Artnet

Installation View
Installation View

Wu Chi-Tsung’s solo exhibition jing-atmospheres was listed in the Editor’s Pick by Artnet News. Each week, the website search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events, both digitally and in-person in the New York area. Here are editor Sarah Cascone’s introduction to the exhibition:

In his first show at Sean Kelly, Wu Chi-Tsung presents his “Cyano-Collage” series, which reinterprets he traditional ink and brush landscapes of Chinese shan shui paintings—which translates to “mountain-water-pictures”—through the lens of experimental photography. The artist crumples up cyanotype paper that has a photosensitive coating, exposes it to sunlight, and mounts it on aluminum to create collaged images that recall mountainous landscapes.

Artnet於11月2日發表的「本週最佳展覽」推薦版塊中,個展《境》亦被評價為最「激動人心、引人深思」的展覽。網站編輯Sarah Cascone的推薦詞如下:


exhibition view

Ocula Magazine: Wu Chi-Tsung’s Xuan paper collages open up many visual possibilities

Cyano-Collage 119
Wu Chi-Tsung, Cyano-Collage 119 (2021). Cyanotype photography, Xuan paper, acrylic gel, acrylic, mounted on aluminium board in two parts. Each panel: 225 x 91.4 cm; approx. overall: 225 x 180 cm. Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly.

For his first solo exhibition in the United States at Sean Kelly in New York (jing-atmospheres, 5 November–18 December 2021), Taiwanese artist Wu Chi-Tsung reimagines traditional Chinese landscape painting through film, installation, and photography.

Within this stunning, formally innovative body of works, his ‘Cyano-Collage’ series (2021) utilises Xuan paper treated with photosensitive coating and hung outside to expose them to sunlight. After developing the papers under liquid, the artist combines and mounts them on aluminium.

Exhibition view
Exhibition view: Wu Chi-Tsung, jing-atmospheres, Sean Kelly, New York (5 November–18 December 2021). Courtesy Sean Kelly, New York. Photo: Jason Wyche, New York.

Each work in the series contains multiple pieces of Xuan paper, seamlessly collaged into unified compositions with no discernable boundaries. Cyano-Collage 120, for example, resembles a monumental painting of the ocean with thunderous, cerulean waves. These five ‘Cyano-Collage’ works range in size, though the largest ones span entire walls. (The artist built a vast studio to produce this series.) To complete their surfaces, Chi-Tsung applies white acrylic as a mist, which lends a sense of depth to the landscapes. Sometimes this spectral white acrylic resembles an intense energy surge. The beauty of these cyanotype collages is that they are both hyper-realistic and indeterminable, resisting any fixed reading.

‘They could be anything, because they are not representing any real landscape’, the artist has explained. ‘This is the spirit of a Chinese landscape.’

The ‘Cyano-Collage’ works are based on Chinese shan shui paintings, which literally translates to ‘mountain-water-pictures’. And like shan shui, which do not follow Western linear perspective, the ‘Cyano-Collage’ works encourage mobile viewing, inviting the eye to move around the work and construct the image in the process.

Exhibition view: Wu Chi-Tsung, jing-atmospheres, Sean Kelly, New York (5 November–18 December 2021). Courtesy Sean Kelly, New York. Photo: Jason Wyche, New York.

Formally trained in Chinese calligraphy and ink art, Chi-Tsung explores the essence of Chinese landscape painting and what it might offer the viewer. In 2012, he turned to photography to do this. Unsatisfied with the medium’s contemporary formats, Chi-Tsung turned to cyanotype—a method that has been used since the mid-1800s.Various artists, most notably Robert Rauschenberg early in his career, have experimented with the cyanotype process. Drawn to its use of light rather than the dark room, the sun is as important a material to Chi-Tsung as Xuan paper.

Developing the images by exposing them to sunlight, cyanotype offers Chi-Tsung a time- and chance-based process, with the paper’s crumpled surface encouraging different tonalities.

‘The best works,’ the artist has noted, ‘always come from some kind of coincidence . . . Most artists have a strong ego. We try to control our work. But the more you try to control it, the more likely you lose the possibility. Let the work grow in the way it should.’

Exhibition view
Exhibition view: Wu Chi-Tsung, jing-atmospheres, Sean Kelly, New York (5 November–18 December 2021). Courtesy Sean Kelly, New York. Photo: Jason Wyche, New York.

While invigorating the Chinese landscape tradition, cyanotypes also offer an exercise in ego depletion, with Chu-Tsing relinquishing control to put faith in the material instead.

The artist’s deference to the life and agency of materials is also evident in the installation Dust (2006), situated in the lower level of the gallery. A camera is positioned at one end of the darkened room with its lens focused on the light of a projector installed at the opposite end.

The camera feeds a live video signal to the projector, which projects this recording of the circulation of dust particles in the room onto the wall behind the camera. As viewers move through the space, they disrupt and speed up the flickering and glimmering of the enlarged dust particles projected on the wall.The result is unexpectedly spiritual: an effervescent projection of colourful, shimmering dots that swirl and move energetically in an otherworldly ambiance.Particles of dust are transformed into an entire cosmos. The material here is not only the technological support of the camera and projector, but also dust itself—something so banal and ubiquitous­ that Chi-Tsung animates with life and verve of its own.

Chi-Tsung refers to the Buddhist term zi xing (自性), which translates to ‘self-being’, or one’s own nature. ‘If I could just lower my ego,’ he says, ‘and let the material show what it is, at the same time I could get real freedom through that. In this way I am helping the material to find its own being.’

The brilliance of Chi-Tsung’s works lies in the fact that he elevates materials—dust, Xuan paper, and sunlight—beyond human meanings and uses, with an unerring sense that the material is as in control of the final outcome as the artist himself.

By Emily Chun

Exhibition view
Exhibition view: Wu Chi-Tsung, jing-atmospheres, Sean Kelly, New York (5 November–18 December 2021). Courtesy Sean Kelly, New York. Photo: Jason Wyche, New York.

正在尚·凱利畫廊舉辦的「境」(展期:2021 年 11 月 5 日至 12 月 18 日),是臺灣藝術家吳季璁在美國的首次個展。他將中國傳統山水畫的概念轉譯為電影、裝置和攝影的當代語言,產生了形式創新的驚艷作品。新作「氰山集」系列(均作於 2021 年)由八個叠代作品組成。



Cyano-Collage 120
Wu Chi-Tsung in front of Cyano-Collage 120
Courtesy Sean Kelly, New York. Photo: Jason Wyche, New York.




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Exhibition view: Wu Chi-Tsung, jing-atmospheres, Sean Kelly, New York (5 November–18 December 2021). Courtesy Sean Kelly, New York. Photo: Jason Wyche, New York.

吳季璁 2012年開始製作氰版作品,因為不滿於目前大多數的攝影模式,他轉向了早期的攝影技術,特別是自 19 世紀中期以來一直在使用的氰版攝影。氰版因其高度實驗性的特質,曾被眾多藝術家所用,尤為矚目的是羅伯特·勞森伯格(Robert Rauschenberg)1950 年代在其藝術生涯早期的創作。







文/ Emily Chun
譯/ 鐘山雨


Fireze London

Frieze: Wu Chi-Tsung Reinvents Tradition

Produced by Frieze Studios in collaboration with Sean Kelly New York
Frieze Studio製作、尚凱利畫廊協製影片

‘I started to do Cyanotypes simply because I am not satisfied with photography nowadays’ explains artist Wu Chi-Tsung in this video, filmed in his studio in Taipei, Taiwan. A technique drawn from the early era of photography, Wu executes his Cyanotypes by applying chemicals to Xuan paper, which is crumpled by hand and exposed to sunlight on the roof of his studio; the artist then arranges the glacial forms that emerge onto aluminium mounts. The resultant ‘Cyano-Collages’ recalling the landscapes of the traditional shan shuior ‘mountain water’ tradition. 

‘It’s really similar to how ink painters do Chinese landscapes,’ says Chi-Tsung, ‘they are building up, creating the worlds they want to project themselves inside.’ Trained in the traditional idioms of calligraphy and brush and ink Chi-Tsung’s commitment to innovative use of new and historic media and technology has seen him engage photography, projection, installation and moving image in works such as Dust (2006) and Wire VI (2021). Despite this diversity, his practice is united by an abiding, almost spiritual concern with process, perception and vision. ‘I’m helping material to find its own being ’ Chi-Tsung explains, ‘at the same time I open up myself’.

‘Wu Chi-Tsung: jing atmospheres’ is on view at Sean Kelly, New York from 5 November to 18 December 2021.

Cyano-Collage Series
Cyano-Collage Series at Frieze London 《氰山集》系列於倫敦弗里茲藝術博覽會
Photography: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York



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Still Life Series showcased in the group exhibition INK Dreams at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
《小品系列》參展洛杉磯郡藝術博物館群展《Ink Dreams》

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Still Life 012 – Buttercup Tree,小品之十二 彎子木,00;06;58,2019

Still Life 012 – Buttercup Tree was recently donated to Los Angeles County Museum of Art by Ink Foundation and was showcased in the group exhibition INK Dreams of the museum. 

The exhibition featured works from the ink collection of French collectors and philanthropists Gerard Cognie and Dora Cognie, who have lived in Switzerland for nearly 20 years.  In the name of the Ink Foundation, the couple have generously donated nearly 400 works to LACMA, a vast collection of ink-related artworks that will shift the direction of the research on contemporary Chinese art at the museum. 

The Ink Foundation’s research is not limited to Chinese art, but focuses on the spirit of ink painting, and includes international contemporary artworks into it. Artists in this collection includes Chinese artists Bing Yi, Gu Wenda, Li Huasheng, Lin Tianmiao, Liu Dan, Liu Guosong, Xu Bing, and Zheng Chongbin, as well as Japanese, Korean, and international artists such as Park Seo-Bo, Lee U-fan, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, Osamu Suzuki, Kitamura Junko, Idris Khan, Shirazeh Houshiary, Ophelie Asch, Irma Blank, and many others. The works in the collection range from calligraphy to ink paintings, sculpture, prints, and installation works, and Wu Chi-Tsung’s Still Life Series is the only video installation in the collection.

LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with seven galleries and a collection of more than 135,000 objects covering modern and contemporary art, ancient art, American art, Asian art, European art, and more. The Museum is committed to drawing inspiration from the region’s rich cultural heritage and diverse populations, and to sharing a diverse and global-minded art history.

小品之十二 彎子木》則是由來自瑞士的Ink  Foundation捐獻給洛杉磯郡藝術博物館(LACMA),並於群展《INK Dreams》中展出。

《INK Dreams》展覽呈現居於瑞士的法國收藏家與慈善家Gerard Cognie 和Dora Cognie近20年來的水墨藏品。The Cognies以Ink Foundation為名,慷慨捐贈了近400件作品給予LACMA,這批大量的水墨藏品將會改變美術館的當代中國藝術研究方向。Ink Foundation的關注不局限於中國,而是以水墨精神為主,將國際當代的藝術品都納入典藏範疇,收藏藝術家作品包括華人藝術家冰逸、古文達、李華生、林天苗、劉丹、劉國松、徐冰、鄭重賓,日韓與國際藝術家包括朴栖甫(Park Seo-Bo)、李禹煥、杉本博司、鈴木藏、Kitamura Junko、Idris Khan、Shirazeh Houshiary、Ophelie Asch、Irma Blank等。典藏作品自書法到紙本水墨、雕塑、版畫、裝置作品皆有涉獵,而吳季璁的《小品》是唯一一件錄像藏品。


Still Life

Two Still Life Series ACQUIRED BY Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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Still Life 012 – Buttercup Tree,《小品之十二彎子木》, 00;06;58, 2019

Two of Wu Chi-Tsung’s video works, Still Life 012 – Buttercup Tree and Still Life 014 – Yellow Mai Flower, were acquired by Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The works are now exhibited in the group exhibition Mediated Nature.

Located in California, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) was established in 1941, and its building was formerly a post office in the downtown. As a small to medium-sized local museum, the collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Fine Arts is exquisite and delicate, with a high span of works collected across ancient and modern Europe and Asia, including early Greek and Roman artifacts, Asian art and antiquities from China, Japan and Korea, 19th and 20th century European and American paintings, and international contemporary art.

For each collection focus, more than one curator in the museum is responsible for its exhibition and acquisitions plans. It is worth mentioning that the Museum’s Photography and New Media Art is an independent department, currently led by curator Charlie Wylie, and the acquisition of the Still Life Series was carried out by this department. The Museum also has a strong connection to the local community. Many art lovers enthusiastically volunteer to be docents during their leisure time. In addition to private donations as a source of funding, the museum also relies on generous donations from the public, making the museum a place where memories and histories are shared with local residents.

The exhibition will run through Dec 1, 2022. 

吳季璁的兩件錄像作品《小品之十二 彎子木》和《小品之十四 黃梅》被美國聖塔巴巴拉美術館收藏,並於美術館群展《媒介化的自然》中展出。

位於加州的聖塔巴巴拉美術館(SBMA)成立於1941年,其建築物前身為市中心的郵局,後來透過私人捐助等預算不斷擴建館舍,近期才完成耗時七年的裝修改建。 身為中小型的地方博物館,聖塔芭芭拉美術館的藏品精緻細膩,作品收藏跨度極高,橫跨古今歐亞,囊括早期希臘和羅馬文物、亞洲中日韓三地藝術和古物、19和20世紀的歐美繪畫,國際當代藝術,每個收藏重點皆由一位以上館內策展人負責作品展出與購藏的規劃。值得一提的是館內「攝影與新媒體藝術」是獨立出來的部門,目前由策展人Charlie Wylie主導,《小品系列》作品正是由這一部門購藏。




Artnet: Chinese Landscape Painting With Video, Light, and a Big Dose of Chance
Artnet專訪: 由影像、光與隨機性組成的水墨畫

Wu Chi-Tsung Is Drawing Global Notice for Revamping Chinese Landscape Painting With Video, Light, and a Big Dose of Chance

The Taiwanese artist hopes his journey to the international stage might be an inspiration for other young artists from Asia.

Wu Chi-Tsung and his Cyano-Collage series.
Wu Chi-Tsung and his Cyano-Collage series. Photo by Jason Wyche. Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery.

When the artist Wu Chi-Tsung decided to take a leap of faith and seek representation outside his native Taiwan five years ago, he might have only hoped that it was the start of a global adventure. His travels have since taken him to Hong Kong, Berlin and now the U.S., where the 40-year-old has his first solo show this week at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York. Wu sees the exhibition as a major breakthrough not only for his own career but also, possibly, for other Asian artists of his generation.

“I really hope this journey, one that has been full of trial and error in finding a way out, can inspire more young artists to go out to find opportunities, to see this big world,” Wu told Artnet News, speaking on a video call from the New York gallery where he was putting the final touches on his exhibition “Wu Chi-Tsung: jing-atmospheres, opening on November 4.

The embrace of the unknown not only forms the basis of Wu’s philosophy towards his life, but his artistic practice as well. From the production process to the final outcome, his work is often full of surprises, even to the artist himself.

 installation shot
An installation shot of “Wu Chi-Tsung: jing-atmospheres”. Photo: Jason Wyche. Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly

Take his well-known Cyano-Collage series, for example. They might look like traditional Chinese ink landscape paintings from afar, but on closer inspection, the works are an amazing illusion created using cyanotypes on Xuan paper, which is treated with a photosensitive coating and then exposed in the sunlight. The paper is crumpled, forming wrinkles and cracks. Each piece is an experiment, and when they are all put together, they form a collaged image that might resemble a mountain, or sometimes glaciers, or stormy seas.

“Most artists have a strong ego. We try to control our work,” Wu said. “But the more you try to control it, the more likely you lose the possibility. Sometimes, we should just let it go. Let the work grow in the way it should.”

Confronting challenges and changes

Wu has studios in Taipei and Berlin, and he also sometimes works in Vietnam. But his jet-setting practice was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unable to travel abroad, Wu turned to explore his native Taiwan instead, readopting his teenage passion of rock climbing on some of the wildest cliffs that can be found on the island. The challenges to his physical and mental strength that come from dangling over the edge of a precipice also helped reset his views on professional and personal growth.

“I’ve known myself better. It has been a preparation for my life this year,” the artist said.

Drawing Study 001 – Seascapes Longdong
Wu Chi-Tsung, Drawing Study 001 – Seascapes Longdong. Courtesy of the artist.

And it has indeed been a busy year for Wu. Before this month’s show with Sean Kelly, the artist had already staged two solo exhibitions, one with Galerie du Monde in Hong Kong in March, and the other with Tao Art Space in Taipei in May. But while the two Asian shows highlighted the distinctive elements of Wu’s work that are already familiar to local audiences, the New York show takes a completely different approach. “It is a very clear survey of my practice,” Wu said.

The show at Sean Kelly Gallery also acts as a formal introduction of his work to a U.S. audience. A great deal of the artist’s time over the past few months has been spent on discussing the curatorial approach behind the presentation, Wu said, and the result is a streamlined narrative of his career.

At the start of the exhibition is a work from the Wire series, which Wu began developing in 2003. The moving image installation uses a set up similar to a magic lantern (an early type of projector), with a strong light shining through a piece of crumpled wire mesh, while a motor constantly shifts the focus of the projected image on the wall, creating an enigmatic impression of mountains.

The show also includes video works, such as Wu’s Still Life series, which feature hazy close-ups of flowers and plants, as well as Drawing Study 001 – Seascape Longdong, created this year and showing a breathtaking view of Taiwan’s coast.

The centerpieces of the show are the large-scale Cyano-Collage works—one measuring 9 meters by 3 meters and the other a massive circle with a diameter of 3.6 meter. Wu said he had to set up a new studio just to create the monumental works.

Concluding the exhibition is Dust, in which particles floating in the air are projected on the gallery wall. The circular motion of glittering dust “looks like a universe from an Eastern cultural perspective,” Wu said, adding: “I’m happy about the whole show.”

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Installation shot of “Wu Chi-Tsung: jing-atmospheres”. Photo: Jason Wyche. Courtesy of Sean Kelly.

The Journey from Taiwan to an International Stage

Born in 1981, Wu studied oil painting at the Taipei National University of the Arts. He had a few solo shows in Taiwan during the early stages of his career, but the island of around 24 million people was not big enough to contain his ambition.

Wu took up artist residencies in New York, as a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council in 2013, and in Berlin, at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in 2017. Galerie du Monde, one of Hong Kong’s oldest galleries, helped introduce the artist to a more international art crowd, not just through gallery shows but at Art Basel Hong Kong in 2018, with a solo booth that sold out on the fair’s opening day. And Wu’s reinterpretation of traditional Chinese landscape painting won him the coveted Liu Kuo Sung Ink Art Award in Hong Kong.

Today, Wu is among a small group of East Asian artists who are appearing on a world stage thanks to the attention of Western galleries. The accomplishment is even rarer for an artist of his age, and coming from Taiwan. While many leading Western galleries have set up shop in Asia, only a handful of them have brought relatively young Asian artists back to the dealers’ home turf in Europe or the U.S.

Simon Lee Gallery, for example, has shown the Hong Kong-based artist Chris Huen (born 1991) in London in 2020. Cao Fei (born 1978), from mainland China, is now having a solo show with Sprüth Magers in Los Angeles. White Cube has presented the Berlin- and Beijing-based He Xiangyu (born 1986) in London. And Eli Klein Gallery in New York staged a group show of paintings from Taiwan by artists from different generations, including Chou Tai-Chun, Chih-Hung Liu, Hai-Hsin Huang and Hu Chau-Tsung—all born in the 1980s—alongside the work of Modern masters such as Hsiao Chin and Ho Kan.

Wu Chi-Tsung, Dust (2021). Photo: Sylvia Lee. Courtesy of the artist.

Sean Kelly, who opened a project space in Taipei in the beginning of 2019,  saw adding Wu to his star-studded roster of artists as “a big responsibility and a big opportunity,” he told Artnet News. “I was just immediately really impressed with him. I was very drawn to the fact that he had a rigorous formal training in Chinese ink landscape painting. But at the same time, clearly, his intelligence and natural inquisitiveness has led him from the traditional form of depiction to a very postmodern position of questioning his formal training, [and] the formal presentation of the work.”

Kelly has included Wu’s work in previous group shows and brought it to art fairs, most recently Frieze London, where three of Wu’s works sold on the opening day. “Frankly, he was the star of the show,” the dealer said. “If we’d had 10 of his works, we would’ve sold them all.”

Kelly also believes that the artist has what it takes to weather the art world’s shifting tastes. “Wu Chi-tsung has a very distinctive language, one that is rooted in traditions but also feels very international and contemporary,” the dealer noted.

And Wu is certainly ready to embark on the next chapter of his career. His work is already included in some institutions in the U.S., such as the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. He is now spending around two months in America, traveling between the East and West coast shows.

“I don’t feel that I’m bringing my work around to show people, but rather, my art takes me around and shows me the world,” Wu said, adding: “It’s a privilege to be an artist. Our lives are unexpected, full of possibilities. We never know what will happen.”

Written by/ Vivienne Chow

近日,吳季璁接受Artnet專訪,分享目前於Sean Kelly Gallery進行的紐約個展《境》的細節與創作心得。



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Wu Chi-Tsung’s Solo Exhibition Jing-atmospheres at Sean Kelly New York

Cyano-Collage production


November 5 – December 18, 2021
Opening Reception Thursday, November 4, 6-8pm

Sean Kelly is delighted to present jing-atmospheres, Wu Chi-Tsung’s first solo exhibition in the gallery and indeed the United States. Chi-Tsung’s innovative body of work encompasses a broad range of media including photography, video, installation, and painting, in which he combines traditional and contemporary forms and methodologies to explore perceptions of the physical and natural worlds. This exhibition features new Cyano-Collages, videos, and an immersive film installation. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, November 4 from 6-8pm, the artist will be present at the gallery.

Wu Chi-Tsung was trained from an early age in the traditions of Chinese calligraphy, Chinese ink painting, watercolor, and drawing, and worked in these time-honored idioms for many years. While those practices still inform his process, Chi-Tsung’s current work seeks to understand how media and technology are manipulated to represent our relationship to the world. In the main gallery, there are new iterations of his Cyano-Collage series, in which he connects Eastern and Western culture and art to integrate traditional aesthetics within a striking contemporary language. His Cyano-Collages replace the traditional ink and brush used in Chinese shan shui paintings –literally, “mountain-water-pictures”—with experimental photography to reinvigorate the traditional landscape language. To create these stunning images, Chi-Tsung prepares hundreds of cyanotype photographic papers—Xuan paper treated with a photosensitive coating—that are crumpled, exposed to sunlight, and then mounted onto aluminum, creating a spectrum of tonalities. The results are collaged images that resemble the mountainous landscapes often found in Chinese shan shui paintings, but which are produced using completely a contemporary process.

Utilizing video, installation, and photography, Wu Chi-Tsung discovered in these new media compelling conceptual stratagems that spurred new and dynamic approaches to image making. Featured in the main gallery are two new films from Wu Chi-Tsung’s Still Life series, that conceptually translate motifs of traditional cut-branch flower painting into time-based moving images. Describing these works, Chi-Tsung stated that they are inspired, “by a cherished memory of painting; however, the mourning over this lost memory might not be limited to painting only. Some nameless emotions and memories unconsciously and slowly dissipate until, to our surprise, they are far away and cloaked by a white mist, their appearances obscured.”

In the front gallery, is a work from Wu Chi-Tsung’s Wire series, begun in 2003. Applying a structure similar to a magic lantern – an early type of image projector that used a light source, pictures printed on transparent plates, and one or more lenses – Chi-Tsung’s Wire VI, uses an automated mechanical control to repeatedly adjust the focal length of a camera trained on a single piece of wire mesh. A strong light illuminates the mesh and is directed through a large camera lens that projects a continually evolving image onto the wall. The result is a moving image that suggests an exquisite Chinese landscape. With this work, Wu Chi-Tsung explores how images change the way we see and imagine the outside world. 

In the lower gallery, Chi-Tsung’s 2006 installation, Dust, investigates the artist’s deep concern with our relationship to images. A camera, positioned at one end of the darkened gallery, has its lens focused on the light of a projector installed at the opposite end of the room. The camera is focused on the center of the room and sends a live video signal to the projector. Thus, a recording of the reflection of the circulation of dust particles moving about the room are projected on the wall, wavering and glimmering. As viewers progress through the space, disrupting the flow of air, the images of flickering dust change constantly and instantaneously. The emerging and hidden images in Chi-Tsung’s work suggests a new relationship between artist and media, image and viewer.

Born in 1981 in Taipei, Wu Chi-Tsung currently lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan and Berlin, Germany. He was the recipient of the Liu Kuo Sung Ink Art Award, Hong Kong and Taiwan, 2019, the WRO Media Art Biennial, 2013 and the Taipei Arts Award, 2003. He was short-listed for the Prudential Eye Awards, 2015 and the Artes Mundi, 2006. His work has been included in international exhibitions at institutions such as the Mori Art Museum, Japan; the National Museum Cardiff, United Kingdom; the Long Beach Museum of Art, Los Angeles; the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art Contemporain, Luxembourg; the Museo Del Palacio De Bellas Artes, Mexico; the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) Art Museum, Beijing, China; Shanghai Art Museum, China; the Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea; the Minsheng 21st Century Museum, Shanghai, China; the Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan, China; the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan amongst others. His work is included in renowned collections such as the Arario Museum, Seoul, South Korea; the Borusan contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey; the M+ Museum, Hong Kong, China; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California; the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas; the The University of Salford Art Collection, Salford, United Kingdom; the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China; the White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale, Australia; the Yu Hsiu Museum of Art, Nantou, Taiwan and the Post Vidai Collection, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Production process of Cyano-Collage 120, 2021, 300 x 900cm

Being listed as one of the ‘most exciting and thought-provoking’ show in New York area by the Artnet, Wu Chi-Tsung’s solo exhibition jing-atmospheres will be closing tomorrow. 

Wu considers the New York show a very clear survey of his practice. The show features works that span his whole artist career, as early as the Wire VI which has been developed since he was a college student, as well as the installation work Dust, and as recent as the two huge Cyano-Collage Series that were conducted at the new Tamsui studio, and three video works.

Before the exhibition’s opening, Wu Chi-Tsung was interviewed by author Vivienne Chow at Artnet. Her article, titled Wu Chi-Tsung Is Drawing Global Notice for Revamping Chinese Landscape Painting With Video, Light, and a Big Dose of Chance reviewed Wu Chi-Tsung’s international journey after he realized that Taiwan is not big enough to contain his ambition. 

The article states that Wu is now “among a small group of East Asian artists who are appearing on a world stage thanks to the attention of Western galleries. The accomplishment is even rarer for an artist of his age, and coming from Taiwan. While many leading Western galleries have set up shop in Asia, only a handful of them have brought relatively young Asian artists back to the dealers’ home turf in Europe or the U.S.”

Wire VI ,2021
Wire VI ,2021

Wu Chi-Tsung has received art training from both Eastern and Western sources, which is a common upbringing in Taiwan.“We actually grew up bilingual, and it is unlikely that a Western artist would have practiced calligraphy and ink painting since childhood, but Asian artists are generally trained in Western art, and this is obviously our best characteristic and competitive advantage”, said the artist to Vogue Taiwan in an interview prior to the show. In addition, he has taken up artist residencies in several countries. In addition to the two studios in Taiwan, he has set up studios in Saigon and Berlin. The intensity of his experience in both Eastern and Western cultures, as well as the breadth of his vision has contributed to the fascinating diversity and openness in his works, from materials, aesthetic to concept. Whether to audiences from different cultures or professionals in the fields of new media, ink painting, or photography, his work always strikes them as a mixture of familiarity and surprise. By introspecting and outlooking, Wu Chi-Tsung has formed an unique artistic language that is rich and liberated, and free from language and cultural barriers. 

Wu shared that, “I really hope this journey, one that has been full of trial and error in finding a way out, can inspire more young artists to go out to find opportunities, to see this big world.”

Produced by Frieze Studios, in collaboration with Sean Kelly, New York 


日期 2021年11月5日-12月18日
開幕酒會 11月4日(週四),下午6-8點



吳季璁亦靈活利用影像、裝置和攝影等新媒體媒材,以傳達他對於「影像」的持續思考與探索。本次,《小品之十四 黃梅》也將在主展廳中呈現。據藝術家介紹,這一系列作品將傳統繪畫中的折枝花鳥畫轉化為時基影像,其靈感來自於「對繪畫的緬懷;但緬懷追悼的,或許不僅止於繪畫。某些無以名狀的情感和記憶,不知不覺中慢慢的消逝,等到你忽然驚覺,它們早已遠去,淹沒在一片白霧中,面目模糊難以辨識。」



吳季璁1981年生於臺北,目前在臺灣臺北和德國柏林生活和工作2019年獲港台劉國松水墨藝術獎、2013年波蘭媒體藝術雙年展藝評與藝術雜誌編輯獎(WRO)、2003年獲台北美術獎首獎。他曾入圍英國世界藝術獎(Artes Mundi,2006)、英國保誠當代藝術獎(Prudential Eye Awards,2015)。他的作品曾於日本森美術館、英國卡迪夫國家博物館、洛杉磯長灘美術館、盧森堡卡西諾當代藝術中心、墨西哥藝術宮、中國北京中央美術學院美術館、中國上海美術館、韓國首爾美術館、中國上海民生21世紀博物館、中國銀川當代藝術館、日本廣島市現代藝術館、中國北京尤倫斯當代藝術中心(UCCA)和臺灣臺北市立美術館等國內外藝術機構展出。他的作品被多家著名博物館收藏,如韓國首爾阿拉里奧美術館、土耳其伊斯坦堡的Borusan Contemporary Art Collection、香港的M+博物館、美國加州聖巴巴拉藝術博物館、斯賓塞藝術博物館、英國索爾福德大學藝術館,英國索爾福德市、中國尤倫斯當代藝術中心、澳大利亞白兔美術館、台灣南投毓秀美術館、越南Post Vidai Collection等。

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Wu Chi-Tsung in front of Cyano-Collage 121 吳季璁與《氰山集之一百二十一》
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York, Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

個展《境》,被Artnet News列為紐約地區「最激動人心與令人深思」的展覽之一。


展覽開幕前,吳季璁在畫廊接受了Artnet作者Vivienne Chow的專訪。文章標題點出吳季璁「以其由光、影和隨機性組成的水墨創作贏得了全球注目」,並回顧了藝術家在「不滿足於台灣的發展空間」後進行的國際化探索。

Artnet文章介紹,吳季璁是 「極少數受到西方畫廊關注並活躍於世界舞台上的東亞藝術家之一。對於這個年紀且來自台灣的藝術家而言,這個成就更屬罕見。目前,雖然許多頂尖西方畫廊已經進軍亞洲,但是只有少數畫廊會將較為年輕的亞洲藝術家帶到歐美的主戰場辦展」。





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Ocula: Wu Chi-Tsung’s Xuan Paper Collages Open Up Many Visual Possibilities 

Interview with Artist Wu Chi-Tsung: Art is never a Blank Sheet of Paper  

Wu Chi-Tsung’s Solo Exhibition jing-atmospheres at Sean Kelly New York 

Exhibition Film Produced by Frieze Studios in Collaboration with Sean Kelly New York
Frieze Studio製作、尚凱利畫廊協製《境》展覽影片

Installation view 展覽現場

Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Photography 攝影/ Jason Wyche, New York, Courtesy 致謝/ Sean Kelly, New York

Wu Chi-Tsung portrait

Interview with artist Wu Chi-Tsung: Art is never a blank sheet of paper by Vogue Taiwan

Wu Chi-Tsung in Tamsui studio
Photo: Hedy Chan Credit: Vogue Taiwan 

Bustling back and forth over cities across the world, Wu Chi-Tsung dexterously shuttled through the art world,  as if it was a natural practice.  This day we came to Wu Chi-Tsung’s new studio in Tamsui, Taipei. Apart from here, he also has studios in Yuanshan in Taipei, Berlin, and  Ho Chi Minh City. These studios scattered around the world are not only for practical needs but also for Wu Chi-Tsung’s strategy of observing the world. 

A studio space that can accommodate museum level presentation 

“This is the most well-equipped space I have ever had. It’s like working in an art museum.” Wu Chi-Tsung sat in a corner of his new studio, and the sunlight fell through the large glass windows and landed on his shoulders.

This new studio is located in the residential area of Danhai New Town. Facing a wide, neat street, it locates on the first floor with high ceilings. Here, Wu Chi-Tsung drives a scissor lift,  ascending and descending in the spacious space, busy making two huge  “Cyano-Collage Series” to be exhibited at Sean Kelly Gallery in  New York. This will be his first solo exhibition in New York– his new studio coming out of a need for this work. 

The main exhibition hall of Sean Kelly Gallery in New York is the size of a  basketball court. Two large works are required, which are difficult to be accommodated in his old Yuanshan studio. “In Yuanshan, when you want to see the complete composition of  the work, you have to open the iron rolling door on the first floor and retreat  across the road.” One of the new “Cyano-Collage Series” scales three meters by nine meters in size. “It is unlikely that I would create works larger than this anymore. We have already challenged the limits of the new space by creating it” While standing in front of the large “Cyano-Collage Series” work, people would feel as if they are in a real mountain, and would almost lose control to dive in. 

A studio is different from an art gallery. It is a place where the artist lowers his head and sweats to work. However, Wu Chi-Tsung planned his new studio according to the specifications of an exhibition hall, aligning the working environment with the exhibition conditions. Therefore, “Before I arrive in New York, I can already accurately foresee what the work looks like on-site.” He said that the most difficult aspect of space planning is to master good scale and proportions. For example, some exhibition spaces have very high ceilings, but the proportion between the work and the space as well as between viewers and the space may be weird. Having spacious space and high ceilings do not necessarily bring enjoyable visiting experiences. 

During his creating process, Wu Chi-Tsung skillfully uses scaffolding and scissor lifts to move across the work, like playing with a toy.  “Compared to see the completed work at the exhibition site, where everything is neatly presented, sometimes the creative process is more interesting.” Wu says, looking up at the “Cyano-Collage Series”, the upper part of which has not yet been completed. Xuan papers are selected to be mounted on the aluminum plate, blowing under the fanlike ocean waves. ” Normally audiences won’t have the chance to see this kind of scene of the Cyano-Collage Series.  The nature of this work is actually a collage of randomnesses formed by wrinkled pieces of Xuan paper.” 

Wu Chi-Tsung said that interacting with materials and technology is what he finds the most interesting. With a large high-ceilinged studio and the help of scaffolding and scissor lifts, he is able to change the way of interacting with his works. “When people see what is behind-the-scene, they can understand how the work is created step by step and will have a completely different understanding to the work.” Chi-Tsung and his team have moved to the new studio for less than a month, and there is already a thin layer of paper scraps and glue on the ground underneath the work. “This is a habit of mine in the studio. Basically,  everyone is not allowed to clean up the ground.” 

Everything that happened in the studio left traces. When the artist picks his brush, the glue drips along the way and leaves marks. When piles of Xuan paper soaked in photosensitive solution generally turn into different shades of blue, they would dye the floor on the ground.” In contrast,  I will feel a  lot of pressure if the space is too neat and tidy, so I will have to be constantly aware of not to mess the space up,  and my  attention will be distracted.” In the artist’s studio, randomness can also be a precious inspiration. ‘

Physical and spiritual polished by trainings of rock-climbing 

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Wu Chi-Tsung exposes cyanotype-treated xuan paper on the rooftop of Yuanshan Studio 

“I also plan to install a climbing wall here.” Until now, Wu Chi-Tsung still always recalls the training time when he was in the rock climbing team back in high school. He shared with us the three-day round of intensive training routine at that time. Back then, he only wanted to be stronger and freer. Rock climbing is all about the present. Wu  Chi-Tsung said “Sometimes you will find yourself in a tricky stage seven or eight stories above the ground. You may fall at any time.  And this is time you have to think about nothing but to concentrate on every action at the moment.” Rock climbing and art creation are similar things, both require your spirituality and physicality to be present. When you challenge the limitations of your body, you may find the essence of your existence. “It’s a kind of freedom.” 

“Freedom” has always been a keyword to Wu Chi-Tsung: the freedom to exceed the limits of the body when exercising, the freedom to imagine when creating.  “However, freedom does not mean to do anything without rules, but something that I, the materials and tools in my hand conform to each other and develop  together in the most natural and comfortable state of each other.” 

Looking at the half-completed “Cyano-Collage Series” on one side of the studio and the wall with only aluminum panels on the other side, Wu introduces, “These two huge works are like marathons. They are very tiring and require strong organizational skills and concentration, but I enjoy this unprecedented  challenge a lot.” After this, he jumped on the scissor lift again, taking the time to finish the ‘clouds’ on the aluminum plate. 

Awakening the Study on Materials of Traditional Media

Wu Chi-Tsung has received art training from both Eastern and Western sources, which is a common upbringing in Taiwan. “We actually grew up bilingual, and it is unlikely that a Western artist would have practiced calligraphy and ink painting since childhood, but Asian artists are generally trained in Western art, and this is obviously our best characteristic and competitive advantage.” This has prompted him to reexamine the classic as well as learn from the West, to explore personal, regional, and contemporary particularities, and to try to mend the gap between East and West, tradition and modernity.

Wu Chi-Tsung believes that it will be a hard act to follow what has been achieved by the ancient people, so he has taken a different path by replacing ink and brush with other media and using experimental photography to continue the landscape tradition. He said, “After all, the ancients could not be possible to climb onto the rock wall and observe them as I do. “

For the “Cyano-Collage” series, Wu Chi-Tsung conducted research on Xuan paper, learning about the material.  

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In the creation of the “Cyano-Collage” series, it is necessary to apply a layer of acrylic gel for the collage of xuan paper  (Photo: Hedy Chan Credit: Vogue Taiwan)

In 2018, he established a studio in a residential building with a rooftop in Yuanshan. The daily  routine of this studio was almost revolving around “paper” and the four floors of the building each has their own function:the rooftop for exposing cyanotype-treated xuan paper, the fourth floor for “washing” the paper and other machinery works, the third floor for the creation and presentation of the works, and the paper scraps and traces of glue on the floor of the second floor have reached the thickness of snow…“In order to find the most suitable type of xuan paper for the cyanotype process, we have experimented on dozens of types of them. By countless research and experiments, we get to understand the material better”. This is also what he differs from painters and calligraphers from the past.  To Wu, xuan paper is the paper with the most complicated and sensitive quality among all. With different manufacturing methods, they are capable to carry out broad color variations of ink that are extremely delicate. 

The cultivation of the two cultures of the East and the West gave Wu Chi-Tsung a broader mind and vision, and his works that combined Western contemporary media and the spirit of Eastern aesthetics translated the world they were not familiar with to Western audiences. “Through my work, xuan paper is able to be noticed by more people. For example, when I was exhibiting in Europe when the audience learned about the production process of the “Cyano-Collage Series”, they were all amazed by the outstanding resilience of the xuan paper after being crumpled, flattened, soaked, and dried. If in this way, more artists from other countries will also start to become interested in this material and begin to use it in their creations, can this traditional eastern media breathe a new life in the contemporary art world? “If 20% of the artists working with paper in Europe adapt xuan paper, the  whole industry will be resurrected.” 

Wu Chi-Tsung believes that the overall consideration and management of art from the stage of the production of materials is a practical matter. “I spend so much time researching materials, of course, I hope that it will continue to be produced.  People tend to think that art is something remote and abstract. In fact, it IS such a practical thing. Interacting with materials and technology is part of the creation.”

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“Wire II”, metal, glass, acrylic, 2003 ZENARI 

Be natural, be harmonic

Behind the huge Cyano-Collage landscape, the research and application of materials also embody Eastern philosophies and fundamentally establish the aesthetic tone and value orientation of the works.  “Western paper was developed for a high degree of control, while Eastern paper  has a high degree of variability in aesthetic values.” This is the so-called  “naturally.” When creating, Wu Chi-Tsung thought about how to make the material develop. For example, rice paper is thin and tough. When crumpled, its characteristics can be expressed naturally. But if you make origami, expect it to  have a specific shape, “I will do it very painfully, and the paper will probably be  very uncomfortable.” The idea of control arises, and the characteristics of paper cannot be unfolded, so the more you create, the more limited it becomes. 

It is necessary to minimize control and allow the integration of materials and technologies to occur naturally. Only then can the underlying “own being” unfold. He showed us the pottery he made in his spare time during the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that while making pottery,  you also need to learn to interact with the clay, not attempting to control them. “Every material  has its own character, just like people, we can only follow it to dig out its unique texture, or the unique chemical reaction between me  and the material.” 

International studio across Europe and Asia 

Speaking of his life as an international artist, Wu Chi-Tsung introduces, “If it weren’t for the Covid-19, I would be spending maybe only one-third of the  year in Taiwan, and other times I would be living, creating, finding inspiration, or conducting research on materials and technology in my studios around the world.”  

The two huge “Cyano-Collage Series” on the wall of the Tamsui studio will be sent to the United States immediately after completion. While being asked why not consider establishing a studio in New York? Wu Chi-Tsung replied, “New York is too charming for anyone to dislike. But it may not be suitable as a base for  artists to create.” In 2013, Wu Chi-Tsung was granted by the Asian Cultural Council  (ACC) for a half-year residency program. It is when he realized that the high cost of goods and intense competition made it a difficult place to live and work in as a young artist. “It’s not a place where people can calm down and be focused.” 

“I like Vietnam very much. Compared with New York, it is a jungle where everything is in a very initial and chaotic state.” It is an art world that is growing and forming its shape, and the experience here is unprecedented. “For example”, Wu Chi-Tsung said,  “if you hold an open studio in Saigon, half of the Saigon art circle will show up, and the art ecology here is a close community. ” Berlin is an intermediate value for Wu  Chi-Tsung. The historical background and economic structure of the city have brought artists from all over the world into the city, forming another spectacle full of life. “Berlin has changed a lot. My studio is the place where the secret police  gathered in the old East Germany.” The history of political prisoners and the political atmosphere of the East German era are still there, but at the same time, it is an inclusive city “Why there can there be so many interesting things happening in Berlin? The relatively low price is absolutely the key.” Because the space cost is low, you can try as much as you want without the pressure to succeed. 

2018 at Bali Studio
2018 at Bali Studio, now relocated 

Free artistic spirit 

He added that as an artist, he is very lucky. He travels around the world and communicates with different people. Through traveling and working in various cities, he accumulates the experience of interacting with different people. He sees that people have very different imaginations towards what it means to work with art.  

“Most people consider that artists are people who make works, which is incorrect. The creation of works is only part of the work. What we do is ‘the whole thing about  art’.” Wu Chi-Tsung said. “Including academic research, art market operation,  international relations, and even thinking about the production of materials. The international studio layout allows him to integrate information and resources most efficiently, and to re-recognize himself from the perspective of others so that he can really know himself and understand his uniqueness compared to others.  “When I was in Taiwan, I didn’t think there were any problems; after I left Taiwan, I  could see its characteristics and limitations.” 

He chose to transcend limitations. He is exploring to make use of his studios in Berlin, Ho Chi Minh City,  Yuanshan, and Tamsui. In each of them, an aspect of Wu Chi-Tsung’s personality dwells. Shuttling between the past and now, east and west, his personality and creativity never stop growing. 

 cyanotype-treated xuan paper
The cyanotype-treated xuan paper  in the sun, the color is gradually  developing under the light due to the impact of photosensitive solutions

The settings of these studios seem to be rational and full of logic, but they actually more of a natural result of Chi-Tsung’s career development to fit his need than a deliberate arrangement. . And the fundamental reason that drives him to bravely cross the border may be just the kind of spirit he has experienced in many years of rock climbing training, that is, beyond the limits, the spirit of freedom.

Editor Nicole Lee
Text by Jing

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Photo: Hedy Chan Credit: Vogue Taiwan 




這個新的工作室座落在淡海新市鎮住宅區,街道寬闊,一樓挑高氣派。吳季璁駕駛著高空作業車,在偌大的方正空間中上升下降,忙著製作即將前往紐約 Sean Kelly Gallery展覽的巨幅《氰山集》系列新作。這將是他首次在紐約的個人展覽,而這個新工作室基本上也是為此誕生。

紐約 Sean Kelly Gallery的主展場有籃球場這麼大,需要兩件大型作品,原有的圓山工作室空間受限。「在圓山,要看作品完整構圖時,得把一樓的鐵捲門打開退到馬路對街,才能看到整體。」新工作室挑高五米七,主牆寬度十米,牆面上一幅創作中的《氰山集》,尺寸是三米乘九米。「應該很少會有比這個尺幅更大的作品了,已經用到這個空間的極限。」巨幅的《氰山集》像一座巨山真的矗立於眼前,稍一走神就想往作品裡面奔去。




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Photo: Hedy Chan Credit: Vogue Taiwan 



「我還打算在這裡弄一塊攀岩牆。」到現在,吳季璁還很懷念高中時作為攀岩選手的訓練,他分享當時三天一輪的訓練菜單,當時一心只想讓自己變強, 心無雜塵。攀岩是一件徹底當下的事,吳季璁說:「有時在一個離地面七、八層樓高的難關,去挑戰自己能力極限的動作,隨時可能墜落,只能心無旁騖專注在當下的每個動作。「攀岩和創作都是,你的精神性和身體性是一致的。超越你身體、物質各方面的侷限,那個東西是人存在的重點,那是一種自由。」



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Photo: Hedy Chan Credit: Vogue Taiwan 












淡水工作室牆面上那兩幅巨大《氰山集》,完成後就要立刻飛往美國,被問到為何不考慮在紐約也設立工作室?吳季璁回答:「紐約是一個太有魅力的城市了,沒有人會不喜歡它。但未必適合作為一個藝術家創作的base。」2013年吳季璁到Asian Cultural Council (ACC)駐村半年,發現其發展階段並不合適紐約這個城市,高物價成本,機會和競爭抗衡抵銷,對起步的藝術家來說難以消化。「它不是一個可以讓人安靜、專注的地方。」

「我很喜歡越南,和紐約比起來它就是一個叢林,在叢林一切東西都是很初始、混亂的狀態。」它是正在成形的藝術世界,這裡的體驗是前所未有的。吳季璁舉例,在西貢舉辦一個open studio,半個西貢藝術圈都來了,這裡的藝術生態是一個緊密的社群。柏林對吳季璁來說則是一個中間值,城市的歷史背景和經濟結構,使世界各地的藝術家傾城湧入,構成另一種充滿生命力的奇觀。「柏林的變化很大,我的工作室是舊東德聚集秘密警察的地方。」關政治犯的歷史以及東德時期的政治氛圍都還殘留,卻同時無奇不有。「為什麼柏林可以有這麼多有趣的東西,便宜——絕對是關鍵。」因為空間成本低,可盡情嘗試,沒有非成功不可的壓力。


“Dust”, video camera, projector, tripod, 2006, taken by the artist at the Kunstfest Weimar 2019 in Germany 



文/ Jing
編輯/ Nicole Lee


Drawing Study Series and Cyano-Collage Series in Frieze London

Drawing study series

Stand D15, Sean Kelly New York
VIP Preview days October 13-14, 2021
Public days October 15-17, 2021 
Venue The Regent’s Park, London, UK

Sharing sceneries of mountains and oceans that were either captured in Taiwan or from his imagination to yet another continent,  Works of Wu Chi-Tsung’s will be showcased at Frieze London 2021. They will be presented along with creations of other young artists of Sean Kelly Gallery. The visually dynamic group of works will mark the gallery’s inaugural participation in the show. 

It is noteworthy that the Drawing Study Series will be presented overseas for the first time. The Drawing Study 001 – Seascape LongDong captures actual real-time sceneries, the reprocessed videos show visual variations to create a perceptive confusion suspended between moving and static images. Although they originate from reality, what the artist offers are sceneries that can never happen in the phenomenal world. Meanwhile, three aluminum boarded Cyano-Collage Series will be presented.

About Frieze London

Frieze London is one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs, focusing only on contemporary art and living artists, and takes place each October in The Regent’s Park, in the heart of London.

Frieze London was founded in 2003. The fair is one of the world’s key contemporary art fairs, focusing only on contemporary art. The 2021 edition of the fair showcases over 160 of the most notable galleries from around the world.


Stand D15, Sean Kelly New York
VIP預覽 2021年10月13~14日
公眾開放 2021年10月15~17日
地址 倫敦攝政公園內






Installation Views 展覽現場

Installation view of Frieze London
Photography: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Frieze London
Photography: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of Frieze London
Photography: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York


Aluminum Paneled Cyano-Collage 114’s Participation in The Armory Art Show in New York
氰山集系列鋁底板作品《氰山集之一百一十四》將參展紐約The Armory Art Show

cyano-colllage 114

Sean Kelly Gallery | Booth 120

Preview  September 9, 10am-8pm

Public Days  September 10-12

Venue  Javits Center, 429 11th Ave, New York, NY 10001, United States

Represented by Sean Kelly Gallery, Wu Chi-Tsung’s new work Cyano-Collage 114 will be participating in the Armory Art Show in New York. It marks the first time the artist attends the renowned fair. The Cyano-Collage 114 is created on an aluminum panel, which is a main exploration of the Series in 2021. 

About the fair

The Armory Show is New York City’s premier art fair and a leading cultural destination for discovering and collecting the world’s most important 20th- and 21st-century art. The Armory Show features presentations by leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions, and dynamic public programs. Since its founding in 1994, The Armory Show has served as a nexus for the art world, inspiring dialogue, discovery, and patronage in the visual arts.

Sean Kelly Gallery | 120 展位

預覽 2021年9月9日

公眾開放 2021年9月10~12日

地址 美國紐約 11大道429號,賈維茨會議中心(Javits Center)

本月,尚凱利畫廊將帶著吳季璁的的新作《氰山集之一百一十四》參加位於美國紐約的The Armory Art Show ,亦是藝術家首次參與這個藝術博覽會。這件作品延續了吳季璁2021年在《氰山集》系列中使用鋁製底板的探索方向。

關於The Armory Art Show

The Armory Art Show是紐約市首屈一指的藝術博覽會,是發掘與收藏世界上最重要的20世紀和21世紀藝術品的極佳舞台,展示著國際領先的畫廊、充滿創新精神的藝術家與特色的公共項目。自1994年成立以來,The Armory Art Show一直是藝術界的一個紐帶,激發了視覺藝術的對話、發現和讚助。

installation view of the exhibiton

[Exhibition Review by Living and Design] Beyond the Physical Form
[Living and Design 住宅美學專稿] 超脫物形的藝術旅程

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Recently, Wu Chi-Tsung’s new solo exhibition “Seeing Through Light” at Tao Art Space was reported by Living and Design Magazine.

The article introduces, ‘In this exhibition, Wu Chi-Tsung retraces his initial interests and continues his exploration of visual expressions, and once again develops a different video shooting technique.

For Wu Chi-tsung, it is not necessary to pay too much attention to the individual works themselves. What is more crucial is to develop a unique Weltanschauung and to establish the form, language, thinking and perspective of viewing art in the process of developing the works. The value of the artwork as a “thing” is not high, but as a starting point to lead into a certain spiritual journey, in which the artist gives the object to verify the existence of the journey, giving it an “intangible” value.


  在海外發展多年的現代藝術家-吳季璁,除了香港世界畫廊正在進行中的個展-《現》外,回到故鄉台北,由策展人王嘉驥老師在Tao Art Space策劃今年另一個展「照見」,少時在傳統學院派的藝術薰陶浸淫多年的吳季璁,自大學開始才進入當代藝術的領域,發展如影片、攝影、光影裝置等新媒體的創作方法,新舊衝突下的斷裂與拉扯中,成就自身的藝術方向,而場地為去年成立的Tao Art Space,因一張委託的《氰山集》系列作品,經介紹認識業主及收藏家Vicky,而開啟了這次展覽的緣分。

installation view of the exhibiton

修行即為創作  作品驗證藝術旅程



 重現傳統攝影技術  擷取「無常」中的真實

   本次展覽《照見》也特別呈現了幾件吳季璁早期作品, 2004年的《自畫像》詮釋人是不斷變動的一種生物,如佛家談到的「無常」,也是時間流中的一部分碎片,利用攝影技法捕捉流逝的「剎那」,在暗室中面對鏡頭,使用手電筒描繪臉部,長曝後呈現不完全的面部狀態,並透過幻燈片與暗房沖洗,反映影像的可能性與有別於傳統自畫像命題的樣貌。當年度正是傳統底片攝影逐漸式微,數位影像抬頭興起的階段,藝術家以作品自身作為一份傳統攝影的紀念,呈現衝突且看似失真的真實紀錄。


超脫時間的完美狀態  放下「我執」重新導引

  許久未在台北發表作品的吳季璁,經介紹了收藏家及展場業主,Vicky 和父親都熱愛收藏,父親偏愛以佛像和宋元瓷器為主的古美術及台灣現代藝術,而 Vikcy 則是以國內外當代藝術為主。Tao Art 獨有的兩代收藏經歷,揉雜古今正好與吳季璁的創作路線不謀而和,成就了這次吳季璁和 Tao Art 胡不堂佛像收藏的合作。


Written by 文/ Erin Song


“Seeing Through Light: Wu Chi-Tsung Solo Exhibition” Introducing New Work and Technique

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Public Dates  Jul 13 – Oct 2, 2021, Tue – Sat, 11 am – 7 pm
Venue  Tao Art Space, 8f, No.79-1, Zhouzi St., Neihu Dist., Taipei city

 On Jul 13, “Seeing Through Light: Wu Chi-Tsung Solo Exhibition” opens at Tao Art Space in Taipei. Curated by renowned curator Chia Chi Jason Wang, the exhibition marks the premiere of a series of experimental video works, the Drawing Study Series. Applying a special video-filming technique, Wu Chi-Tsung offers an alternative way of looking at reality through the work.

Tao Art Space is jointly founded by art collector Vicky Chen and her father.  Parallel to their collection and presentation of contemporary art, Tao Art Space has also established a remarkable collection of antiques under the name “Hu Bu Tang.” Both believing that Art could transcend time, Wu Chi-Tsung and Tao Art started this collaboration. The artist presents a special feature of ancient Buddhist sculptures from Tao Art’s Hu Bu Tang Collection as part of the Drawing Studies Series,bringinga modern “exposure” to the antiques. Alongside, early works such as Rain and Self-Portrait will be exhibited to ‘pan across’ Wu Chi-Tsung’s artistic journey with video and photography. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tao Art Space is limiting the number of people in the Gallery at any one time and is open by appointment only. Meanwhile, the Gallery has introduced a number of measures to keep the visitors and staff safe. Please click the button below to RSVP and enjoy your visit.

Seeing Through Light: Wu Chi-Tsung Solo Exhibition

Curated by Chia Chi Jason Wang

Once during nightfall, sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) held a lamp and led art critic Paul Gsell (1870-1947) to see an ancient Greek statue of Venus in the dark. With the dim lamplight, the sculptor turned the movable platform that held the statue, and made the critic look closely at the torso of Venus, illuminating the complex and intricate projections and depressions. This way, Rodin helped Gsell to discover the beauty of flesh represented by artists in the Classical period.[1]

During his youth, Wu Chi-Tsung was still exploring creative possibilities, and had also seen himself through light. In the dark, he replaced paintbrush with a flashlight, and pointed it at his face to capture his own portrait, while also setting the camera on long exposure (B mode) to allow the trail of light to simultaneously develop on the film. The printed and enlarged images became his earliest “Self-Portrait” series (2004). Based on this, “seeing through light” is not just a metaphor of Wu Chi-Tsung’s personal enlightenment and self-discovery, but also his unique creative means.

Rain 雨景, 13:00, 2002

Before the “Self-Portrait” series, he tried to capture the scenery outside his home window using high shutter speed (1/8000 second) for “Rain” (2002). In the video, the constantly skipping raindrops are a sharp comparison to the seemingly stationary landscape of the Tamsui River far away, especially the Guandu Bridge that spans over the river, as well as the roads and surrounding woods. Between those things moving at a high speed and remaining stationary are the endless traffic on the bridge and the road. Through camera and video camera, Wu Chi-Tsung repeatedly reverses and topples human’s daily vision, as well as their perceptive experience of reality. Consciously, Wu Chi-Tsung manipulates the “moment” in time by stretching and slowing it down or rapidly accelerating and speeding it up, through which he offers an alternative way of looking at reality.

“Seeing through light” is a common term in Buddhist scriptures, referring to the thorough understanding and transcendence of enlightenment. In May 2021, Wu Chi-Tsung holds a solo exhibition at TAO ART Space. In response to the gallery’s collection of classical sculptures, Wu has specially selected five Buddhist statues from different dynasties that have unique aesthetics and spiritual significances, including: “Gilded and Colored Limestone Head of Buddha” from Eastern Wei to Northern Qi (6th century), “Limestone Head of Buddha” and “Limestone Standing Bodhisattva” from Northern Qi (6th century), “Limestone Head of Bodhisattva” from Sui (6th-7th century), and “Wooden Standing Venerable Ānanda” from Song (10th-13th century), as the source images to develop a series of videos. The title, “Seeing Through Light,” not only reflects the curator‘s observation on Wu Chi-Tsung’s art from the past to present, but also echoes these Buddhist statue-themed new works featured in this exhibition.

 Drawing Study - Limestone Head of Buddha
 Drawing Study – Limestone Head of Buddha(screenshot)  寫生習作 - 北齊 灰石佛首像(截圖)

Like a brush made of light, the artist points a flashlight at the Buddhist statues and sketches; a video camera is fixed on the side to record the movements of the light beam in the space, as well as the end results of the manifestation of the Buddhist statues through the trail of light. The recorded videos, in the post-production process, are retouched using a digital program developed by the artist. Targeting each frame (30 frames/1 second), Wu Chi-Tsung sets for each layer a brightness parameter, so that it increases as the layers pile up. This way, the videos processed through the computer algorithm not only preserve the original temporal linearity, but also intensify with the piling up of layers to create a stunning visual effect, as if physical thickness were added to time.

Back in 2003, Wu Chi-Tsung was already experimenting with video creations of the same principle. The difference is that, back then, digital computing was still in the cradle, and he could only possess and access limited post-production tools, and make use of inexpensive equipment he had around to layer the pictures a frame at a time, completing “The Self-Portrait of 71 Frames.” Today, nearly 20 years later, with more advanced digital equipment and programs to assist his shooting and computing, the artist carries on and expands this concept that he was unable to thoroughly realize early on, achieving further development.

Early on, Wu Chi-Tsung completed many works simply titled “Self-Portrait” through exploring and experimenting on his own. From knowing self to observing reality, image tools were the core media he used to probe into the authenticity of phenomena. Contemplating on the nature of video and viewing, he often started from the rhetoric of suspicion and rhetorical question to establish the problematic. Paradox within suspense was almost an indispensable aesthetic quality of his video works.

Self-portrait No.4, 自畫像No.4, 2004

Continuing the existing style and video thinking, Wu Chi-Tsung’s seeing the Buddhist statues through light is obviously an exploration of artistic creation, which is concretely different than the Buddhist notion of enlightenment and seeing through reality and illusion. Despite this, the images of the Buddhist statues have been converted by him to gradually become illuminated in the dark, from partially to entirely, allowing audience to really witness the beauty of “seeing through light.” Wu Chi-Tsung conjures the embodied spiritual power of the statues to manifest its mysterious nature, while also turning the viewing experience into an enriched journey of discovery.

Wu Chi-Tsung continued to apply the same video post-production technique to the selected coasts and cities he shot, creating the “Drawing Study” series (2021). Regardless of the oceanic scenery at Longdong in northern Taiwan, or the urban landscapes of Taipei City, which are all actual real-time sceneries, the reprocessed videos show visual variations to create a perceptive confusion suspended between to be or not to be. Whether it is natural landscapes or urban crowds, they are all consistently changing to begin with; however, through the artist’s unique digital manipulation, they instantly consolidate into solid scenic spectacles, leaving everyone in awe. Although they originate from reality, what the artist offers are sceneries that can never happen in the phenomenal world. The artificial fabulation of Wu Chi-Tsung exists in-between reality and fiction, expanding for the works room of philosophical and aesthetic dialectics, and allowing viewers to ruminate on the notion of noumenon ( or thing-in-itself) and truth.

Matching the new videos created by Wu Chi-Tsung using the archived Buddhist statues of TAO ART Space as the source images with the spatial utilization, “Seeing Through Light: Wu Chi-Tsung Solo Exhibition” arranges for the original Buddhist statues seen in the videos to also be exhibited, hoping to trigger intriguing dialogues for the unexpected encounter of ancient and contemporary arts. Also, at the entrance of the first gallery, a special display of hand-puppet and hand-puppetry stage is specially organized—these are also unique items in the collection of TAO ART Space. The stages and puppets exude distinctive qualities of human drama, and the special display aims to welcome the guests of the exhibition, and usher them into the exhibition space.

As mentioned above, “Seeing Through Light: Wu Chi-Tsung Solo Exhibition” gathers works of the artist starting from his younger days of self-exploration, including “Self-Portrait,” “The Self-Portrait of 71 Frames,” and “Rain,” which are highly experimental, to all new works created in 2021, which include serval videos and photographic outputs using Buddhist statues as the theme, as well as two videos entitled the “Drawing Study” series that depict the oceanic scenery of Longdong and urban sceneries of Taipei. Comparing his earlier and new works not only helps audience to understand his latest works through learning about his past, but also allows audience to see Wu Chi-Tsung’s creative path and aesthetic preferences over the past 20 years.

[1] Auguste Rodin, Art: Conversations with Paul Gsell, trans. Jacques de Caso & Patricia B. Sanders (Berkeley and Los Angles: University of California Press, 1984), pp. 22-26.

Drawing Study 001 – Seascape LongDong 寫生習作 001 – 龍洞海景

日期 2021年7月13日 – 10月2日, 週二至週六11am – 7 pm
地址 Tao Art Space,台北市內湖區洲子街79-1號8樓

由策展人王嘉驥策劃的吳季璁個展《照見》,今日起於台北Tao Art Space開展。展覽將首次呈現藝術家使用新的拍攝技術完成的實驗影像《寫生習作》,展現其另類觀照現實之道。

TAO ART 由 Vicky Chen(陳薇捷)和父親共同創立,除了致力於當代藝術的收藏與展覽外,亦還建立了名為「胡不堂」的古物收藏,因其收藏路徑與吳季璁的創作方向不謀而合,本次,吳季璁特別與胡步堂合作,在《寫生習作》系列中,呈現了胡不堂收藏的佛像藏品,以現代之眼為古物賦予了全新的詮釋空間與觀看可能。此外,《雨景》、《自畫像》等早期影像作品也將展出,從而「全景」呈現出藝術家十餘年來對於實驗影像的思考與探索歷程。




Seeing Through Light: Wu Chi-Tsung Solo Exhibition


雕塑家羅丹(Auguste Rodin, 1840-1917)曾經趁著黃昏入夜的時間,持燈引導藝評家葛賽爾(Paul Gsell, 1870-1947),在黑暗之中欣賞古希臘的維納斯雕像。透過幽微燈光的映照,雕塑家同步推移承載雕像的轉盤,讓藝評家的目光緊盯愛神像的軀體,照見細膩有致的凹凸變化。藉此,羅丹讓葛賽爾發現了古典時代藝術家再現的肉體之美。[1]



「照見」也是佛典常見常用的語彙,指向開悟成佛的透徹與超脫。2021年5月,吳季璁在Tao Art Space發表個展,特別因應此一機構的經典雕刻收藏,選擇了五件別具美感與精神意涵的歷代佛像,包括:東魏至北齊(6世紀)的灰石貼金帶彩佛首像、北齊(6世紀)的灰石佛首像和菩薩立像、隋代(6-7世紀)灰石菩薩首像,以及宋代(10-13世紀)木雕阿難尊者立像等,作為文本,發展出一系列的錄像作品。借「照見」之名,除了反映策展人對於吳季璁過往以來的藝術觀察,也對應他此次以佛像為題的這些新作。

Drawing Study – Wood Standing Ananda, Song Dynasty 《寫生習作 - 宋 木雕阿難尊者立像》





Drawing Study 002
Drawing Study 002 – Urbanscape Taipei《寫生習作 002 – 台北市景》


搭配吳季璁以Tao Art Space所藏佛像為文本的影像新作,「照見:吳季璁個展」在空間的運用上,也安排影像中所見的各尊佛像原作一同展出,期盼增添古代與當代藝術不期而遇的對話趣味。同時,第一展廳的入口處,特別安排了掌中劇的舞臺及戲偶展出──也是Tao Art Space的特別收藏。戲臺與人偶帶著鮮明的人間戲劇特質,也藉此迎賓,引領觀眾進入展場空間。


[1] Auguste Rodin, Art: Conversations with Paul Gsell, trans. Jacques de Caso & Patricia B. Sanders (Berkeley and Los Angles: University of California Press, 1984), pp. 22-26. 亦參閱《羅丹藝術論》,羅丹口述,葛賽爾筆記(臺北:雄獅圖書股份有限公司,1992),頁45-51。

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[Exhibition Review by ArtAsiaParcific] BENEATH THE SURFACE: WU CHI-TSUNG

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Cyano-Collage 095,氰山集之九十五, 200x 200 cm x 3 pcs , 2021

At the entrance of Wu Chi-Tsung’s exhibition “Exposé” (2021), curated by Ying Kwok at Galerie du Monde, stood a six-part folding screen depicting blue mountain peaks. The work was made from cyanotype-treated Xuan paper (Chinese rice paper), a laborious process derived from early photography whereby Wu translates the markings of light and time into shades of blue.

The folding screen ushered visitors into the main exhibition space, where the eye-catching, three-part Cyano-Collage­­ 095 (2021) evoked a great mountain range across an entire wall. Its wrinkled texture mimics the contours of majestic slopes and valleys, while the contrast between its deep indigo shades and its misty white layers recall the subtle ink-control seen in Chinese shanshui painting. Wu is heavily inspired by traditional Chinese landscapes, although he eschews the traditional medium of ink in favor of cyanotype. Trained from a young age in Chinese calligraphy, ink painting, and watercolor, Wu turned to cyanotype as a way to simultaneously pay homage to and reinvigorate classical ink aesthetics. 

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Cyano-Collage 094, 氰山集之九十四, 225 × 540 cm,2021,

Wu started experimenting with cyanotype in his Wrinkled Texture (2012– ) series as a means of reinterpreting the cun fa (texturing method) of Chinese landscape painting. Wu’s creative process is a strenuous one. To start, he soaks Xuan paper in a photosensitive solution. Then, he crumples the paper and exposes it in the sun for 30 minutes. Strong sunlight results in dark indigo hues, while cloudier days bring lighter blues. The paper is subsequently washed and flattened in a water tank for an hour to set the final image; it is during this step that Wu first sees his work. After selecting a section he finds interesting, he crops and mounts it on a canvas or scroll. “My creative practice is filled with endless experimentations. Every step along the process, I am constantly exploring the possibilities within, and always failing too,” Wu said in an interview with Obscura magazine. Even with limited control over the final image, Wu still manages to capture the essence of shanshui painting through his strategic cropping and framing of the work. In Wrinkled Texture 107 (2021), for instance, the placement of darker blues at the bottom of the frame grounds the image against its overexposed counterparts, and creates an illusion suggestive of shanshui’s classic peaks.

In his Cyano-Collage (2015– )series, Wu harnesses the uncontrollable aspects of this process—the weather, light intensity, wrinkle patterns—by collaging multiple sheets of paper on a canvas and sealing them with several layers of matte acrylic gel. In Cyano-Collage 086 (2020), for example, he adds layers of white rice paper on top of dark blue pieces to create an illusion of mist wavering between valleys. Paper fibers can even be seen in some white layers, highlighting its soft, nebulous quality. Such fine details achieved through his delicate craftsmanship create an impressive dimensionality. Meanwhile, Cyano-Collage 096 (2021) overlays treated Xuan paper in a blue gradient onto an unexposed paper background, a nod to the traditional Chinese painting technique liu bai (leaving areas blank) that creates breathing room. 

“Exposé” demonstrated Wu’s ability to reconcile seemingly contradictory qualities. The depth and elevation created by the textures in his works belie the flatness and smoothness of their surface. The illusions of ink mountains are reconsidered on closer inspection. What was unintentional—colors and patterns dependent on natural forces—transforms into intention through Wu’s meticulous arrangements. Wu’s inventive practice reinterprets the traditions of Chinese art, and invokes hidden depths beneath the works’ surface.

Written by Judy Chiu, an editorial intern at ArtAsiaPacific.

Wu Chi-Tsung’s “Exposé” was on view at Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong, from March 24 to June 13, 2021.

近日,《ArtAsiaPacific》雜誌發表專稿介紹吳季璁於Galerie du Monde的個展《Exposé現》。ArtAsiaPacific雜誌成立於1993年,是世界領先的介紹亞洲、太平洋地區與中東地區當代藝術與文化的英語媒體。