- 2022/12/21 - 2023/03/05
- Taoyuan Children's Art Center
Light occupies a significant part of our daily lives, but its intrinsic intangibleness often leads us to take it for granted. This exhibition, Let There Be Light, brings together works from seven artists/groups, including Wang Ya Hui, Wang Poyen, Li Ping-Yi, Hsieh Yu-Cheng, Tsai Yi-Ting, Flying Group Theatre, and Liu Kuo-Sung, in order to showcase the multifaceted aspects of light. The exhibition presents various guises and portrayals of light, as captured in modern art forms such as film, paintings, interactive installations, and theater, in order to seek the essential nature of light, as well as propose potential depictions and representations.
Under the theme, Candle Flame, the artist Hsieh Yu-Cheng has set up seven windowsills in the exhibition space, and makes clever use of the interplay between image projection and still objects to encourage children to observe, experiment, and engage in a game of capturing shadows cast by the dancing candlelight. The artist Tsai Yi-Ting made use of motors, ultraviolet light, and color-shifting light-sensitive paint to capture tracks of moving light, thereby creating a massive Light Canvas upon which parents and children can paint upon using handheld ultraviolet light sources, a concept that has never been previously exhibited before. The Flying Group Theatre has also set up a Drama of Light and Shadow installation onsite, and invites parents and children attending the exhibition to participate in a human-puppet joint performance that uses light and shadow to tell stories.
The artist Liu Kuo-Sung ingeniously flipped the day-to-day perspective of the Moon, to present instead a view of the Earth in the eyes of an astronaut walking on the Moon. The artists Wang Ya Hui and Li Ping-Yi seek to guide children into a world of nighttime light, and expand their imaginations regarding light at night. The artist Wang Poyen used animations to present rapidly changing patterns of sunlight on a fine day, and further utilizes a Lightscape Capture Wall to enable children to collaborate and draw the flowing patterns of sunlight. In these ways, the curation team of this exhibition invites children to observe, record, and create light through extemporaneous creation and physical engagement, and use light as a tool to tell their own stories.
The exhibition also brings together children’s works, picture book reading areas, self-guided teaching materials, and imagination-building activities from the STEAM Workshop, and by presenting the different sensibilities and reasoning of various artists, endeavors to guide children on a journey of contemplation focused upon light.