The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is proud to announce that two Taiwanese artists—Shyu Ruey-Shiann [徐瑞憲] and Shih Chieh Huang [黃世傑]—are among the dream lineup of the Bronx Museum’s spring exhibition Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking and Seeing on view March 27 to September 1, 2019!
Shyu will be presenting Dreambox (2012), a kinetic installation comprising components of a full size motorbike “Wolf 125"—a popular model many young people longed to have and ride it around Taiwan in the 1990s. Shyu created this piece as a tribute to those who dare to dream and venture into the unknown.
Huang, known for creating art from unlikely sources, such as garbage bags, computer cooling fans, and Christmas light faders, will present Blue Angel Eye (2017-18)—a motorized sculpture with delicate tentacles made out of plastic bags that light up as they inflate and deflate.
As a reaction to our current times focused on utilitarianism and profit, “Useless” will present a selection of curious machines created by artists with the goal of stirring dreams, feelings, critical thinking, and ironies; for seeing what microscopes, telescopes and cartographies cannot show; for flying without taking-off; in short, for doing the impossible. Such are some of the uses of art.
The show is curated by Havana-based curator Gerardo Mosquera. Other Participating artists include Jairo Alfonso, Wim Delvoye, Juan Downey, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Algis Griskevicius, José Iraola, William Kentridge, Chico MacMurtrie, Stefana McClure, Arnaldo Morales, Roxy Paine, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Adriana Salazar, Johanna Unzueta, and Simón Vega. For further details, please visit http://www.bronxmuseum.org/exhibitions/useless-machines-for-dreaming-thinking-and-seeing