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.

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