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Born 1971 in Taipei, Taiwan; based in Taipei, Taiwan

 

During the 1990s Lai Chih-Sheng was a member of the conceptual art group National Oxygen, presenting his early work in disused structures around the periphery of Taipei, which often involved seemingly futile labor, combined with reference to the transformation of site or the reign of absolutism. Examples include an installation in which he stacked a column of 100 bricks up to the ceiling of an empty factory; and another in which he felled a hollow area of an abandoned building with methyl cellulose, forming an artificial water line that met with the surrounding floor. He creates a minimalist, atypical reality within everyday circumstances. His artwork has a site-specic quality, involving concepts of labor and consumption, and raises questions about art and its production, while also drawing on his 13 years of experience as a professional bricklayer.

Extending the tradition of self-reflexivity seen in conceptual art, Lai’s recent work responds to the contemporary art world’s reliance on display systems of self-reference in an exploration of minute perceptions. Such approaches are to be observed in works such as Artwork, a sculpture that mirrors and forms its own pedestal, and Life-Size Drawing (2012), a painting action that hews close to reality, relying on a high investment of labor to trace the very texture of the exhibition venue. Lai strives to remove all vestiges of self-expression from his work, even going so far as transferring the responsibility for its completion onto his audience or the workers who install the exhibition. Such inversions are also demonstrated in Border (2013), in which visitors edge along a narrow path suspended from the venue’s walls, above a centerpiece of discarded materials left behind by exhibition installers, taking to a stage in which one simultaneously observes and is observed.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 “Scene”, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
  “Room1734”, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2013 “Lai Chih-Sheng: Instant”, Project One, Hong Kong
“Instant”, IT PARK, Taipei, Taiwan
2011 “An Exception to Reality: Lai Chih-Sheng”, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
2005 “1996 – 2005 Someday, Something and Someone”, IT PARK, Taipei, Taiwan
2004 “Reality in the Sky”, Domicile, Taipei, Taiwan
2001 “Combined”, Paint House, Tainan, Taiwan 

  

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 “Kau-Puê, Mutual Companionship in Near Future” Soulangh International Contemporary Art Festival 2017, Soulangh Cultural Park, Tainan, Taiwan
2016 "If it be your will, that I speak no more", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
"Aichi Triennale 2016_Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan", Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya city, Toyohashi city, Okazaki city, Japan
  "Delayed", NHCUE ART SPACE, Hsinchu, Taiwan
  "Untitled", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
  "NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE", NO SHOW MUSEUM, North America Tour – In 80 Days Across America
  "Utopias and Heterotopias" The First Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Zhejiang, China
  “SILK ROAD INTERNATIONAL" AMNUA Internatinal Project II, AMNUA, Nanjing, China
2015 “At" Lai Chih-Sheng & Lee Kit, Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
“The 13th Biennale de Lyon: La vie Moderne”, Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France
  “Alice’s Rabbit Hole–Everyday Life, Comprehensible and Incomprehensible", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  “Abstract on-site”, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
  “A Hundred Years of Shame- Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations", Para Site, Hong Kong, China
2014 “The Pioneers of Taiwanese Artists, 1971-1980", National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
  “The 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, 2014_We have never participated”,Shenzhen OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, China
  “Margin Archive & Film Fest”, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
“NO SHOW MUSEUM”, www.noshowmuseum.com
“Bloom" Eslite Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan
“YES, TAIWAN - 2014 Taiwan Biennial", National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
“Art for Oneself", Tina Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
“Transcoding: The Geography of Digital Images", National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
2013 “Mind on Forms”, Mobile Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  “Asia Cruise—Evidence”, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
“Drawing·Expression and Limit”, AMNUA, Nanjing, China
2012 “Invisible: Art of the Unseen 1957—2012”, Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2011 “2nd Chongqing Biennale for Young Artists”, Sichuan, China
  “The 2011 Material Language—Soil”, Juming Museum, Taiwan
2010 “Micro-Image”, Ping Pong Art Space, Paint House, Taipei, Tainan, Taiwan
2009 “LOOKING UP! LOOKING DOWN!”, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2008 “Ctrl Z”, inFIDI space, Taipei, Taiwan
2006 “A Realm with No Coordinates”, 1a Space, Hong Kong; NTUE Nan Hai Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan; NUTN Artistic Special Zone, Tainan, Taiwan
2005 “Every Time”, Nanhai Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2003 “Taipei Arts Award“(Honorable Mention), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2002 “First Tainan Biennial”, Tainan Municipal Cultural Center, Tainan, Taiwan
  "CO2", Huashan Culture Park, Taiwan
2001

“Cross-cultural Project in Asia”, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Taipei, Chiayi,Taiwan / Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, China

  “First Taiwan Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition”, Huashan Culture Park, Taiwan
1999 “Nation Oxygen Group Exhibition Part I”, Bali Abandoned House, Taipei, Taiwan
  “Nation Oxygen Group Exhibition Part II”, Shin Leh Yuan Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
 

“Island, Penghu, Nation Oxygen”, Penghu Islands, Taiwan

1996 “Experiment, Interaction”, Shanchi Abandoned Factory, Taipei, Taiwan

  

Residency
2014  Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
 

 

Program & Participation
2016  saT CHAT presents: Lai Chih-Sheng “Life-Size Drawing”, Stanley Picker Gallery, London, United Kingdom        
2016  Work: Water Event, YOKO ONO Lumière de L’aube at MAC Lyon, Lyon, France
2016  KANNO So+yang02 Work: "Asemic Languages", Aichi Triennale 2016, Aichi Arts Center, Aichi, Japan

 

Education

 
1996 B.F.A., Department of Fine Art, Taipei, National Institute of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
2003 M.F.A., Institute of Plastic Arts, Tainan National College of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan