​ CHAN Yung-Jen

If we collect the memories and days we move around in the city , grey is the most common color we see in daily life: The cement mansion building, the asphalt that replaces the meadow or turf , the spreading smoke and dust in the air , the halo of flickering signboards, and those abstract compromises which are neither good nor bad. Grey roads reach everywhere. They are contacted when different events happened and also link those interspaces within life. They are the first medium people encounter while moving around in the city.
Since 2014, I have started to cast holes and cracks on roads around Taipei , Taiwan. Using those holes as molds , I molded the inner space of them. I found these ‘wrinkles of the road’ are interesting, they are not like lifeless cracks but more like organic objects. They were created for being perished by someone. I attempt to collect these cracks whose amount should be less by less due to government’s repairing project, but still keep showing up like a group of animal welcome their newborn babies. The asphalt road became those cracks’ habitat. The repairing project became a nature strategy to control numbers.
For me, the way I mold a road is not only just replicating it but marking those holes on it. The whole process is like I solidified the air above hole , changed from yin to yan, negative space became positive. And those asphalt, leaves , and dust stocked on the surface, or we could say they have moved from this space to the other. I turned over the concept of empty and solid, so the invisible , empty space reappeared as solid , mini cement islands. Then I put a flag on each island , to show the ‘true’ evidence that they (each hole) were there , at somewhere , on the road in Taipei. I attempt to make a sample of that certain time and space , try to keep every certain moment which is no longer exist. 
Each mold I’ve made present the real size and depth of each hole on road. Through the shadow under glass, audience could see the exactly shape of the original ones. I symbolize the roads as the medium of people’s daily life by using the mold of the road pavement to create and to gather the damages as well as the traces of human activities. I attempt to seek the realistic existence corresponding to the traffic conditions in daily life , which cannot be easily understood or puzzled out.

Chan Yung-Jen  CV



2018    Master of Fine Arts , Taipei National University of the Arts , Taiwan
2017    exchanged to Taideyliopiston Kuvataideakatemia (Academy of Fine Arts , Helsinki)in         sculpture
2013    Bachelor of Fine Arts , Taipei National University of the Arts , Taiwan


2017    An Open-Air Collection and A Map, Rota Town , Cádiz, Spain
2017    The Truly Ugly Duckling , Arkadia International Bookshop , Helsinki , Finland
2016    Unsolved Grey , FreeS Art Space , Taiwan


2018    Infinity Japan Art Fair , Hotel Royal-Nikko Taipei , Taiwan
2018    London Art Fair , London, United Kingdom
2017    On AiR - temporär zu Hause , Landratsamt Tübingen , Tübingen , Germany 
2017    Project+ , THZ Gallery , Taiwan
2017    HOLLOW, Vapaan Taiteen Tila , Helsinki , Finland 
2017    Art Sound Playground! , Temporary , Helsinki , Finland
2016    “1+1+1=?" , THZ Gallery , Taiwan
2016    When Comics Intervene the Society , The Pier-2 Art Center , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2016    Taiwan Annual 2016 1st , Taipei , Taiwan
2016    The Landscapes of Body , THZ Gallery , Taiwan
2016    Tiny Movement 2.0 , YIRI ARTS Taipei Space , Taiwan
2016    Asia Contemporary Art Show , Hong Kong
2016    PASADENA 24H Closed , NO. 33 Art Corner , Taiwan
2016    Room No.7 , Taipei Artist Village , Taiwan
2016    The New Generation Arts, Shin-Ban Gallery , Banqiao , Taiwan
2015    Taipei Free Art Fair , Huashan 1914 Creative Park , Taipei , Taiwan
2015    Lifestyle Guru Haunted by Anxiety, Underground Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2015    HAIKU-Sculpture 2015, Chiang Mai , Thailand
2015    The Meaning of Life, TNUA F306 , Taipei , Taiwan
2015    Hyper-surreal: treasures in the pocket , NCU Art Center , Taoyuan , Taiwan
2015    Outstanding Art Prize: This is not a poisoned apple, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2014    Bodily Folds: A Cross-generational Artistic Practice , 435 Art Zone , New Taipei City ,         Taiwan
2014    Kaohsiung Awards 2014 , Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2014    Beatrice and Virgil, Yiri Arts , Tainan , Taiwan
2013    the Clam , Underground Museum of Fine Arts , Taiwan
2013    Super Working:Displacement 0, Underground Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
2013    The Young Voice , Fu-Xing Barn , Changhua , Taiwan
2013    The 11th Taoyuan Contemporary Arts Award , Taoyuan , Taiwan
2013    e04 , The 26th Exhibition of FAD , Underground Museum , Taipei , Taiwan 
2012    30 cubic , Underground Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan
2012    Scene 1 , Nan-Bei Gallery , Taipei , Taiwan        
2011    Pure Nature , Underground Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan 
2011    Circle , Underground Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan 
2010    Bubble Star , Underground Museum of Fine Arts , Taipei , Taiwan



2014    Outstanding Art Work Prize , Taipei
2014    Honorable Mention , Kaohsiung Awards 2014 , Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts , Kaohsiung
2013    Honorable Mention , The 11th Taoyuan Contemporary Arts Award , Taoyuan
2012    First Place Award of Sculpture/ Gold Medal Award of all , ‘e04’ The 26th Exhibition of     FAD , TNUA , Taipei


2017    PINEA-LINEA art space , Cádiz, Spain
2017    ELEVEN art space , Germany



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