Hung-Chih Peng

(Taiwan) b.1969

Lives and works in Taipei

The work of Hung-Chih Peng spans installation, video, painting and sculpture, incorporating elements of art, religion and humanity as a way to explore contemporary culture and reflect upon history. In his early works, dogs are the recurring themes and play a crucial role in the conceptualizations of a spiritual world.  In the series of works entitled Canine Monk, Peng’s dog literally steps in the artist’s place as the creator, writing texts from religious scriptures on the wall.  The most trusted companion of human beings is elevated to a performing subject, therefore replacing its human counterpart.  Using different mediums and unique subjects to convey various artistic concepts, Peng forms an artistic style imbued with personal aesthetic properties.

Reflecting ferry disasters, floods and other recent ecological crises, Peng’s work The Deluge – Noah’s Ark attempts to show the impotence of human beings in the face of uncontrollable catastrophic challenges. The rapid acceleration in the Anthropocene era causes climate change, environmental pollution, and ecological crises. All the measures to control these problems seem to be in vain. Human beings are unable to return to the unspoiled living environment of the past, and have become victims of their own endeavors. This work serves as a metaphor exposing the collision between Mother Nature and the accelerated development of industrialized civilization.

Peng’s domestic and international solo exhibitions include: Post-Inner Scripture, Art Issue Project, Taipei (2013); God Pound, Musée Guimet, Paris (2009); 200 years, IT Park Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (2009);  Hung-Chih Peng, MIT List Visual Art Center, Massachusetts (2007); and Little Danny, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Austria (2002).  He has also participated in major international group shows such as the 2nd Fukuoka Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan (2002); the 10th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2007); In Between - Asian Video Art Weekend, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2008); and Moving Image in China 1988 - 2011, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2011). Peng is a recipient of the 5th Taishin Arts Award (2007), as well as artist residencies at the New York Studio Residency Program (2005); and the International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York (2003).

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