11 Jan

Encountering a Wonderous Installation of Paper

I had a wonderful busy weekend hanging out with artists, visiting galleries and studios, seeing art, and talking with artists over good food. It all started with a visit to the Museum of Anthropology to see (In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art.

As soon as we walked in my friends and I were all completely smitten with the Water Fairies Reproduction Project, which is the gorgeous installation pictured here created by Chiu Yu-Wen. It envelops the main hallway of the exhibition space beginning at the entrance of the show. It is made of a gauzy draped fabric and thousands of pieces of cut paper

Water Fairies Reproduction Project, 2004–2015, Chiu Yu-Wen-5

Water Fairies Reproduction Project, 2004–2015, Chiu Yu-Wen

We spent a long time looking at this piece from many angles, and enjoying the calm and peaceful atmosphere you experience while walking through it.

Water Fairies Reproduction Project, 2004–2015, Chiu Yu-Wen-4

Water Fairies Reproduction Project, 2004–2015, Chiu Yu-Wen-3

Water Fairies Reproduction Project, 2004–2015, Chiu Yu-Wen-2

I am inspired by this piece because I aspire to make paper based installations on this scale. It also feels like a rare opportunity to come across work like this in Vancouver, because most exhibitions spaces don’t have the space or mandate to display installations on this scale or type.

(In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art continues at the Museum of Anthropology until April 3, 2016.

3 comments

  1. Wow! Thanks for the heads up about this marvellous show at the Museum of Anthropology: my husband and I will be in Vancouver in a few weeks (I’ve got a complex cloth workshop at Maiwa) and we’ll make the pilgrimage out to UBC to see this show. I think your paper-cutting style and skill would definitely lend themselves to an installation on this scale. Enjoyed your pics of Gathie Falk’s retrospective as well. I have a family connection to her: my uncle knows her well and worked on the cabbage installation at VAG decades ago. Fun to see her work again on your blog.

  2. I think you’ll really love this show. I’d also recommend the latest show opening at Back Gallery Project this Friday, with paper cut illustrations. I’m very excited about that one.

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