September 11, 2013
By Tang Hsiang-Yi
Taipei’s art scene has one more addition. The Bluerider ART gallery celebrated its grand opening last week with two solo exhibitions and a long-term collaboration with Chicago’s Zhou B Art Center.
Elsa Wang (王薇薇), the gallery’s founder, explained that the name Bluerider comes from late russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, who formed the Blue Rider group in 1911 to pursue the nature of art.
“I named my gallery after Kandinsky’s ‘Blue Rider’ to commemorate the great artist and educator, and to continue the pursuit of spiritulaity in art. In this materialized era, I hope art becomes a spiritual food for thought,” Wang said.
The two exhibitions on display are “Comouflage” by Australian body artist Emma Hack and “Volossom” by Korean-American artist InJung Oh, who is based in Chicago.
The concept behind “Volossom” began with a vision Oh had in 2004, in which she wore a giant skirt, like a flower floating in the sky. According to Oh, “Volossom” is a new world and visual language she created which refers to “blossom as a manifestation of wish or will”.
Oh explained that soon after the vision she began the “King and I” series, which also draws inspiration from a tragic story of Korean history. The story portrays Koren King Euy Ja’s 3,000 wives jumping off a cliff when he was removed from power.
“It’s a very tragic piece of history that I learned; however, it really stood out to me almost like a calling that I have to paint,” Oh said.
Women’s legs and billowing skirts transform into something more floral. “People wondered why I painted it as a flower, as something that gives you hope. It is not just women dying; it doesn’t end that way.” she added.
Oh’s personal growth is also reflected in the process from “King and I” to “Volossom.” “As I mature from a woman to a mother, I experience more life, and my work develops,” She concluded.