A+ Contemporary cordially invites you to our booth at 2019 Art Basel Hong Kong. Peng Yihsuan’s Impermanent Marks Series will be exhibited in Discoveries, booth 1C50. Chen Xi‘s film project A Single Life In Multiple Lives will be screened in Film at Room N101A.


Peng Yihsuan, Impermanent Marks 2016 (Details), 2018, Marker, horizontal sliding white board, 120x400x12cm

Booth 1C50
Peng Yihsuan
Impermanent Marks Series
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Mar. 29 – 31, 2019

“Impermanent Marks” series derives from a collection of news footage of the catastrophic events that Taiwan has experienced over the years since the artist Peng Yihsuan’s early memories dated back to 1996. Peng Yihsuan synchronizes retrospective memories of his personal genealogy with the footage of these public events produced by Taiwan’s press media and uses whiteboards-a medium with impermanent nature-for marking, recording and communicating his description of these events.

The creation of the artist’s latest series presented at 2019 Art Basel Hong Kong begins from the year 2016. On a sliding whiteboard, Peng recalls and traces the memories of disasters happened in previous years, whether it is the natural calamity brought by the severe typhoon Meranti in 2016, or the grief of the photographer Chi Po-lin’s plane crash in 2017 and the heavy losses of the Hualien earthquake in 2018. The reappearance of these scenes was a hit to the public but also aroused the collective consciousness of the society. By means of the whiteboard, “Impermanent Marks” emphasizes the fugitiveness of the visual. Sliding the mobile whiteboards causes images to stack and layer onto the other. Therefore, the effect of these images is diluted by the continuous alternation of information. Scenes of public memories intertwine with those of the artist’s individual experience. The layering images reflect the easily forgotten reality of Taiwan’s media, while plants with unclear geographical location and the chaotic marks subtly reveal the instability of this Nanyang island country.

Complicated lines are left on the whiteboard after the extraction of the projected images. Outlining the contour replaces pictorial composition in Peng’s drawing. This action analogous to documenting transforms the jumbled and chaotic memories into a kind of programming which reflects the public’s experience. Outlined with fleeting whiteboard marks, these overlapping images are in an unstable state that could disappear at any time. However, these broken fragments have already been aggregated into personal history, and have become shared memories deeply rooted in every Taiwanese individual.

About Artist

Peng Yihsuan was born in 1990 in Taoyuan. Graduated in 2011 from Taipei National University of the Arts with a BFA in Fine Arts and in 2017 from Tainan National University of the Arts with a MFA in Plastic Arts, Peng Yihsuan currently lives in Tainan, Taiwan. His selected solo exhibitions include: Art Basel Hong Kong-Discoveries(Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2019), The Smell of Sunshine(Black and White Art Space, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2018), Impermanent Marks(A+ Contemporary, Shanghai , 2016), CANVAS(Xiang Er Art Space, Chungli , 2015), Youxian de xu xu (HOWL Space, Tainan, 2014), The Image of Hope(Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan, 2013), The Thousand of Pedestal (Taipei National University of the Arts Nan-Bei Gallery, Taipei, 2011). His selected group exhibitions include: Lifetime Warranty(Digital Art Center, Taipei, 2018), 2017 Kaohsiung Awards(Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2017), On Drawing: Apperceive of Liberation (Jiang Han Star Project2016—Young Artists Research Exhibition) (Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, 2016), □(organized by A+ Contemporary, Asia Art Center Taipei I + II, Taipei, 2016), 2016 Digital Art Curatorial Exhibition Program – A Beautiful Mistake? (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, 2016), Huayu Youth Award nomination exhibition(Art Sanya, Hainan, 2015), Taipei Arts Awards(Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2015), Nice life?(Kunsthochschule Kassel, Kassel, Germany, 2015),Kaohsiung Awards(Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, 2015),Centrifuge (Polymer , Taipei, 2014), Transcoding: The Geography of Digital Images(Taiwan Digital Art and Information Center, Taipei, 2014), Make place for… (INART Space, Tainan, 2013). In 2017, Peng Yihsuan was finalists for 2017 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong, and shortlisted for “Kaohsiung Awards”. In 2015, He was shortlisted for “Kaohsiung Awards”, “Taipei Arts Awards” and “3rd Huayu Youth Award” in 2015.

Short Film Program -‘Le Deuxième Sexe’

Chen Xi, A Single Life In Multiple Lives, 2018, Single channel video, HD, color, sound, 6’36’’

Chen Xi
A Single Life In Multiple Lives
Mar. 29, 2019 4 pm-4:55 pm
Mar. 31, 2019 2 pm – 5:15 pm (Rerun)

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibiton Centre Room N101A

“A Single Life In Multiple Lives” is artist Chen Xi’s latest animated film project featured at 2019 Art Basel Hong Kong Film sector. Continuing with Chen Xi’s exploration of the narrative structure, “A Single Life” touches on the concepts of cosmic nihilism, species evolution, human behavior and impermanence in a series of chain reactions, linked in a story of increasing entropy. The story begins with the most ordinary daily street scene. Seemingly tranquil, this unstable world unfolds a rival among the multiple new lives where the creatures vie for each other’s bodies in order to create new lives. When new lives continue to merge and proceed, eventually only one single life remains. In this multi-linear narrative, a surreal fantasy world gradually comes into sight. War, faith, impermanence, insanity, and dream intertwine in this dystopian fantasy through ultimate MMO (Massive multiplayer open world game) design. Therefore, the characters inside this story are the creatures constructed by this thing, yet also resemble each one of us. We are here to help each other get through this thing.

About Artist

Chen Xi was born in 1985 in Wuhan. He graduated from Jiangnan University with BA in Fine Art in 2008 and from East China Normal University with MFA in 2012. Chen Xi currently lives and works in Beijing. His solo exhibitions include: Ideal Person (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2018), (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2016), Preserved Wilderness (A307, Beijing, 2015). Selected group exhibitions include: Art Basel Hong Kong Film (Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2019),30-min forecast (N3 Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2019), Art Basel Hong Kong Film (Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2018), Closer to the Beautiful World (Klein Sun Gallery, New York, 2017), Moments and more (OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shanghai, Shanghai, 2017), Shanghai Project Chapter 2 – Seeds of Time (Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, 2017), Art Basel Hong Kong Film – Data, Algorithm and Beyond (Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2018), RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES PARIS/BERLIN (Gaîté Lyrique, Paris and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2017), Take Me Out (chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016), The sublime object (Star Gallery, Beijing, 2015), Evolution of Model (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2015), Ode to Joy (Star Gallery, Beijing, 2015), The 2nd CAFAM Future Exhibition (Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, 2015), Ministry of Truth II: The Factitious and its Realm (Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, 2014), Design Shanghai (Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2013), Nonexistent Reality (Chambers Fine Art, Beijing, 2013), Time Of The Dragon (Rauma Art Museum, Finland, 2012). Filmography:Sleepwalking Through the Walk Simulators was nominated as “Best Narrative Feature” and “Best Artistic Originality” in the 12th FIRST International Film Festival,2018.