Exhibition & Residency:
July 1 – September 30, 2014
Tsai Shih-hung is a Taiwanese visual artist whose residency in July-September 2014 is supported by 18th Street’s ongoing partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan. Tsai treats his canvas like a computer screen, copying and pasting avatars to populate a tech-smart and slightly menacing world. He perceives an information explosion caused by overwhelming mass media which forces people to keep moving without a destination, without the capacity to understand or digest the information. Tsai feels that technology dispatches and controls our humanity easily, without the need for violent force. He treats the canvas as a “digital monitor,” copying and over-working virtual figures into his scenes to question what is real and what is virtual.
Tsai earned an MFA from the Taipei National University of the Arts in 2006. He has won several awards including ART TAIPEI MIT and Art Tainan in 2013, and a Kaohsiung Award in 2012.
Tsai Shih-hung’s residency at 18th Street Arts Center has been generously funded by: