ONE KIND OF BEHAVIOR:An outdoor installation by SHYU Ruey-Shiann
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Beginning May 1, The Bronx Museum of the Arts will present Shyu Ruey-Shiann’s kinetic installation One Kind of Behavior at its North Wing second-floor terrace. With dozens of same-sized steel buckets scattered on the floor, One Kind of Behavior will transform the spacious terrace into a vibrant, playful and intriguing landscape. It will be on view through August 17, 2014.
Upon entering the terrace, one's auditory perception is immediately stimulated by the sound of clashing metal. Random reverberation captures the space. Viewers are greeted by dozens of metal buckets, each undulating to its own unique rhythm. Shyu works with different material and media to explore themes related to our environment. The installation One Kind of Behavior is inspired by the quasi-mechanical movements of creatures like hermit crabs. The artist sees within the landscape of nature, languid movements of opening and closing of the hermit crab's shells, a stark contrast to contemporary society where things move at high speed. The fact that hermit crabs occupy shells discarded by other species is another source of interest to the artist, who sees in this special relationship a metaphor for our human condition. Contrasting man and animal behavior, One Kind of Behavior asks us to consider our environmental and the consequences of our actions on nature.
Shyu Ruey-Shiann was born in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1966, currently lives and works in New York and Taipei. Shyu is one of the pioneering artists in Taiwan’s contemporary kinetic art movement. In the first ten years of his art education Shyu focused on academic western paintings and sculptures. In 1993, he began his studies at Aix-en-Provence Art College, in the south of France. His interest in man-made objects and mechanical movements in this period led the path to the exploration of non-traditional media and machine-oriented art. When he returned to Taiwan in 1997, endowed with hands-on knowledge of modern art and contemporary theory, kinetic art became the cornerstone of his creativity and the chosen language in expressing his visions on life, memory, and issues on social and political concerns.
Shyu has received many awards including the Taipei Award from Taipei Fine Arts Museum; the Creation Awards from Lee Chung Sheng Art Foundation; the YageoTech-Art Award from the Asian Cultural Council of New York; and the Public Art(Excellence) Award, Taiwan.Shyu’s work has appeared in numerous museumsand galleries worldwide, including National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts,Taichung; Location One, New York; Stone Villa, Sydney; Kaohsiung Fine ArtsMuseum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; Hong Kong Arts Center; PerthInstitute of Contemporary Arts, Australia; Eslite Art Gallery, Taipei; Taipei FineArts Museum; Centre d’Art et de Plaisanteire, Montbéliard, France.
CityScape: Shyu RueyShiann Solo Exhibition
IT Park, Taipei
Although the basic component in my work is machined-driven, within its complexity, I seek the simplicity of a visual language. Technology is merely a means of transcending mathematical precision to achieve something more abstract, a dialogue between machine and human intention, that offers possibilities of meanings and something more personal. In this sense, i hope to express the poetry and spirituality of everyday life.
CityScape is an exhibition that examines the development of modern cities and its adverse effects on the environment and humanity as a whole. A micro cityscape is conveyed on the third floor of the exhibition with a series of miniature architecture models, above which a gigantic tunnel shield perforates the wall, signifying the proliferation of underground development in urban areas. Similarly, a model of the highway overpass column suggests no less the vicious cycle prevalent in such urban development. The installation on the second floor is more low key and introspective. A banyan tree installed in the corner of the room provides calm and peace, in contrast to the visual overload and violence of developing urban landscape.