13 Jul Art Taichung 2018
Artemis Art continues our international art fair programming with our debut participation in Art Taichung, which this year is the 6th edition of the art fair. Located some 130 km south of Taipei, Taichung is the second largest city in Taiwan. Included in our participation are recent artworks by five young and emerging visual artists from Indonesia and Malaysia: Ajim Juxta, Haris Rashid, Indra Dodi, Robi Fathoni, and Viko Zhijune.
Organized by the Taiwan Art Gallery Association (TAGA), Art Taichung 2018 takes place at the Millennium Hotel, and Artemis Art’s exhibits will be located at room 1110. The art fair begins with a Collector’s Preview on July 19, 2018, and the fair opens to the general public the following day, July 20 2018. Art Taichung continues over the weekend until July 22 2018.
Although Artemis Art has participated in several art fairs in Taiwan previously, namely in Taipei and Kaohsiung, this marks the first time we are exhibiting in Taichung. Should you need further information about our participation, email us at [email protected].
Millennium Hotel Taichung
Millennium Hotel Taichung is located at No. 77, Shizheng Road, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 40756 (link opens in Google Maps). Artemis Art’s assigned exhibition space may be found at room 1110 on the 11th floor.
Refer to the hotel location map on the right on how to get there.
Better known in the art scene as Ajim Juxta, Raja Azeem Idzham is a young multi-talented visual artist who found his calling in visual art, despite receiving his academic training in architecture. His repertoire of works spans several mediums, including pen and ink, found-object sculptures, and paintings on canvas.
As an artist Ajim Juxta is not afraid to experiment with new media types, or explore new ways of using mediums he’s already adept at. Additionally, his training in architecture fuels his guides his artworks; akin to organic blueprints created to make sense of a world seen as having gone wrong in many ways.
Constantly analyzing, he is well known to be an artist who writes incessantly, filling notebook after notebook with sketches of possible ideas for future work, complete with lengthy side notes. Not unlike those you would find in design sketches made by idealistic artists and architects aiming to create their own magnum opus.
Ajim Juxta is a pseudonym and a stage name for me as a frontman for my band. I come from a family with a strong art and music background and decided to enroll into Architecture during my studies. As I progressed, I realized it was lacking as a channel based on my capabilities in art. So, I experimented further onto various forms of art before delving deeper into fine arts and exhibiting widely since 2011. As for my practice being a visual artist; music, science fiction and Architecture remain as inspirations in ideation development. I tend to make use of the way these interests grow organically and how they respond to my surroundings. Through drawing, painting and making installations, I have found ways to express the outcomes of the future in a dystopic manner hence it became the visual language and tone that defines my work.
Ajim Juxta 是一個藝名，也是我作為樂隊主唱的舞台名稱。我來自一個擁有強大藝術和音樂背景的家庭，但我決定在我求學期間選擇建築系。隨著我的成長，我意識到建築系缺乏發揮我藝術能力的渠道。所以，從2011年開始，我開始深入研究美術和展覽等領域，進一步嘗試了解各種形式的藝術。至於我作為一個視覺藝術家的實踐；音樂，科幻小說和建築仍然是我細想發展的靈感。我傾向於利用這些興趣自由生長，並以他們的方式以及他們對周圍環境的反應來激發自我。通過繪畫，素描和裝置藝術，我找到了以不和諧的方式來表達我對未來的看法，因此他成為了定義我作品的視覺語言和語氣。
Previous art fairs & exhibitions (selected)
Shenzhen International Art Fair 2017
In Between Leaves
Young Art Taipei 2017
We Are 5
Singapore Contemporary 2017 (installation)
Ningbo International City Arts Fair 2016
Citizen Art Shanghai 2016
Young Art Taipei 2016
Art Kaohsiung 2015
Beauty in the Beast (solo)
Art has been a part of this young artist’s life from early on, particularly since his high school days, encouraged by his mother, who also was his school’s art teacher. For a short period Haris Rashid studied Textile Technology at the tertiary level, but later switched to Illustration, obtaining his diploma from The One Academy. After completing his formal studies, he opted to pursue art as a career, and is today a full time artist.
As he continues to develop his visual language, Haris often experiments with various media combinations and surfaces. Many of his works are on wood and textured pressed paper, due to the heavily textured nature of these surfaces, which Haris enjoys working with.
Haris draws from nature to express his ideas, often including flora and fauna as metaphors/symbols. His latest series of paintings is based on “Malay” contemporary culture and proverbs. Asian cultures tend to use plants, animal or food as metaphors for human behavior. This series of works specifically focuses on “Malay Slurs” revolving food and plants.
Since Artemis Art hosted his first solo in 2015, Beauty In The Beast, Haris Rashid has been frequently exhibited by us, and has featured prominently in several art fair participations overseas.
For emerging artist Indra Dodi, 2017 has been a busy and successful year, which includes a strong showing at Art Central Hong Kong 2017, his debut at Young Art Taipei 2017, and more recently his participation in Art Jakarta 2017. de facto marks Indra’s return to the city of Taipei, Taiwan.
A natural-born storyteller, just about any event or even conversation may spark an entire series of imageries that eventually find their way onto Indra’s canvas. The selection of works picked for this exhibition tell many stories inspired by everyday events and memories, depicted on the canvas in the naïve style Indra is well-known for. The childlike and playful nature of his works are disarming, and a reminder that despite the trials and tribulations we may face in life, it’s important to balance our lives with some fun and play, in addition to the necessary work and toil.
Robi Fathoni’s figurative works are quite different from the other three artists because of the medium he uses. Whereas most artists use the pencil as an intermediary tool in the process of creating their artworks, for Robi the pencil is his primary medium. Mostly monochrome, the artist does occasionally add color to his works, but very sparingly, using either colored pencils or sometimes acrylic paint.
His mastery of the medium is best appreciated through the intricately detailed work that he produces, which are mostly on canvas. Robi Fathoni’s current body of work focuses on children, whom he sees as a metaphor for our hopes and dreams. The collection of works selected for this art fair spans the various media Robi uses in his art, primarily graphite, and occasionally incorporating acrylic paint and permanent marker.
Viko Zhijune (吴芷君)
Over the years, one of Artemis Art’s primary focus areas has been on promoting young artists, one of the young Malaysians we have exhibited abroad is Viko Zhijune.
Viko’s works are introspective examinations of young angst, observed through her own life’s experience, and what she has observed in the lives of her peers. Also of note is her bold experimentation with different mediums utilized in the creation of her art, demonstrated in the artworks selected for this exhibition.
Art Taichung 2018 will occupy floors 9 through 12 of the Millennium Hotel in Taichung, Taiwan. Artemis Art’s exhibit area is located at room 1110 on the 11th floor. The following is a guide map for all four floors.
Art Talk Schedule
During the art fair, there will also be art talks covering numerous topics of interest. The talks will be conducted in rooms VEE3 and VEE4 on the 5th floor of the hotel. A partial list of talks is provided below. For a complete listing and further details, visit Art Taichung’s Art Lecture page. Registration is required for each session, and you can do this by clicking on the title below (takes you to Art Taichung’s registration page for each session).
Saturday, July 21 2018
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Southeast Asian Art Collecting – A New Dialogue
Chief Executive Officer of H.C.S. Arts Foundation, Peini Beatrice Hsieh
Indonesian collector Dr. Melani Setiawan
Chairperson of Taiwan Art Gallery Association, Chung, Ching-Hsin
3:30pm to 5:00pm
The Development and Status of Global Market of Photography
Curator of 1839 Contemporary Gallery, I-jian Chiu
Sunday, July 22 2018
NTCU Department of Creative Design and Management, Professor Yu-Chen Chuang
Tunghai University Department of Fine Arts , Assistant Professor Tuan Tsun Chen
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Panel Discussion for International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2018 ROC
NTUA Department of Fine Arts, Professor Dean-E Mei
Pin-Ho Lo | Yu-Wen Huang | Ming-Feng Hsu