Pohan Wu
Artist Statement

Good art should at least possess these three characteristics: that it originates from a significant personal experience, that it speaks to the human condition, and that it plays skepticism towards the institutions. The artwork then can inspire, broaden our awareness and understanding of the world, and make reference to the society to which it belongs. To this end, how art is received and consumed is just as important as how it is made.

As commercialism is making imaging tools increasingly simpler, and hence, more accessible, photography’s meaning, purpose and agency are being understood more differently by the masses and by art professionals. I believe art should be just as accessible to the masses; consequently, one of my present goals in art making is to listen to ideas from both sides as a means to define a standpoint that can help me speak of this medium in a way that represents our time better.

I draw my ideas from human behaviors seen from the perspectives of survival mechanisms and animal instincts, as well as from human relationships with one another and with our immediate surroundings that play to our states of mind, collective memories and universal emotions. I prefer keeping myself open to learn from the subject that I work with. This meditative process usually allows the subject to reveal itself to me through an unexpected point of view.

Artist Web Site
https://www.pohanwu.com/
Exhibition History at Gallery 456
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Works & History
Solo Exhibitions
2018 InART Space, Tainan, Taiwan
2018 Governors Island Art Fair, New York City, NY
2017 HG Contemporary, Artexpo New York, New York City, NY
2017 Music as Muse, 1839 Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2015 Music as Muse, Das Schloss Laudon, Vienna, Austria
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 F[R]ICTION IN BETWEEN, curated by Kristina Semenova and Ya-Wen Fu, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
2018 Surreal Salon 10, curated by Ron English, Baton Rouge Gallery - Center for Contemporary Art, Baton Rouge, LA
2017 Beyond Limits: IPA Best of Show, curated by Abel Lin, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2016 Kaohsiung Today, Gallery Sun, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2016 Sonosintesis Festival, University de León, León, Mexico
2016 Young Art Taipei, Art Angle Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2015 Art Kaohsiung, Art Angle Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2015 Critical Point, a three-person exhibition curated by Lee Meicheng, Crane Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2015 Award Exhibition, International Salon Singidunum, Belgrade, Serbia
2015 Black and White 2015, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR
2015 Abstract 2015, 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Art Taipei, Star Crystal Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2014 Migration, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Toronto, ON
2013 Art Taipei, Star Crystal Gallery, with visual artist Ding-I Mei, Taipei, Taiwan
Collections
2014 National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
2016 Manifesto Vinyl Library, Hsiunchu, Taiwan
Publications
2014 Before the Dawn: The Sunflower Movement, page 246
2014 Black & White Magazine Portfolio Contest Winners, issue 104, page 220 and 221
2014 A Thousand Years Deep, front cover
2013 Zhang-men Magazine, issue 17, front and back cover
2012 Toronto Magazine, page 44 and 45
Awards
2015 1st Place, Fine Art, Collage, IPA (International Photography Awards)
2015 2nd Place, Special, Digitally Enhanced, IPA
2015 2nd Place, Fine Art, Abstract, MIFA (Moscow International Foto Awards)
2015 3rd Place, Fine Art, Book, MIFA
2015 Gold UPI Medal, International Salon Singidunum
2015 Honourable Mention, London International Creative Competition
2014 Award of Excellence, Abstract Photography, Exhibitions Without Walls
2014 Merit Award, Black & White Magazine Portfolio Contest
2014 Short List, the Toronto Star Photography Awards