Artist Tang Kwong-san, Chu Teh-Chun @ Alisan Fine Arts & in the studio: Smash Trio
It is only two years since Tang Kwong-san received his fine arts degree, but he has already made a name for himself as an emerging young artist for works that explore themes ofhistory, family, displacement, and identity. Among the elements included in his recent exhibition at Gallery Exit, “Nightbirds”, are international films and historical documents.
Chinese French artist Chu Teh-Chun, who died in 2014, is known for his abstract watercolours and oil paintings. After going to France to study, along with fellow artists such as Zao Wou-ki, Chu was inspired to integrate traditional Chinese painting techniques such as calligraphy with Western abstract art. On show at Alisan Fine Arts till the end of next month, “Chu Teh-chun’s Symphony” is the fifth solo exhibition of his work that the gallery has shown. The exhibition consists of 16 works, mostly on paper, and is a celebration of the centenary of Chu’s birth.
The trio Smash, made up of pianist KaJeng Wong, harmonicist Cy Leo and saxophonist Timothy Sun, should not need much introduction. They are so popular with local classical, pop and jazz music fans that tickets to their concerts often sell like hot cakes. There was so much demand for their coming Sunday concert “Gingers’ Tonic” that they have added an additional performance.