Conversation of Split & Illusion - Hsu Hsin-wen Solo Exhibition


Artist | Hsu Hsin-wen

Opening Reception | 06.01.2019 Sat. 3:00 p.m.

Artist Talk | 06.22.2019 Sat. 3:00 p.m. Talk with Tan Li-hsin

Duration | 06.01.2019 – 06.30.2019 (10:00-19:00 Closed on Mondays)

Venue | Powen Gallery




by Aurelia Chan


This solo exhibition manifests the idea of dialogue between the split and the illusion of objects. Objects are recombined and as in cell division, emerged as new bodies, like chlorophyll absorbing sunlight and converting it into new energy. Familiar objects bear memories. While transmitting messages, they also try to abandon their shackles and assume fictional yet natural illusion to further explore their very essence. Rich in symbols and imageries, the creations quietly draw viewers into many conversations while pondering the creations. The private conversations between objects and objects/ people and objects/people and illusions are intimate but empty, and real yet illusory.


After many years in graphic design, artist Hsu Hsin-wen later devoted herself to artistic creation. Accomplished in using everyday objects such as pencils, water pipes, branches and paper as a medium, she connects her works with the memories/impressions of her viewers, thus inspiring greater resonance. The unique Chinese aesthetics in her works embody the flow of nature and the extension of plants and life. Objects associated with memories, such as paper and pencil, are gentle and delicate yet profound, endowing the installation art with a fresh poetic image.


The Conversation of Split & Illusion is a creation of dialogue and the many forms through which the artist expresses her thinking about her subjective experiences. The new series of sculpture-like creations uses water pipes to encapsulate and blend the two ends of space and time, like the circuit of our memories spreading over cities and imaginary boundaries. On the other hand, all the potential in discarded objects may be revisited in the purest form of their materials and assimilated into the conception point of the creation....