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J. C. Kuo(1949-)
St. Taiwan -- Tattoo
NT$ 1,200,000
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J. C. Kuo(1949-)

St. Taiwan -- Tattoo

1997

140.5x85x9cm

Mixed media

Signature
郭振昌 97' J. C. Kuo (signed on the front)
Publication
Totem and Taboo: Solo Exhibition by J. C. KUO: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2008, p128
Reference Price
NT$ 1,200,000
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About Work

J. C. Kuo’s art series “St. Taiwan” visualizes his observation and discussion on sundry issues arising from Taiwanese society, his place of residence. Considering different dimensions such as religion, politics, media and education, Kuo leveled his criticism over many phenomena endemic in Taiwan through his oeuvre.

In [St. Taiwan — Tattoo], the figure’s penetrating gaze conveys an impression that he has a keen insight into matters. Sitting leisurely and relaxed, he seems to know exactly which course to take, although his face is obscured. Kuo deliberately covered part of the figure’s face with a printed fabric mask, creating an atmosphere that he is in an advantageous situation where the enemies’ activities are overt whereas his are covert. The artist believes that some politicians are averse to exposure, while others may don different disguises on different occasions, which was why he invoked the metaphor of traditional printed fabric to imply the mindset of self-protection.

An insignia encircled by a golden halo is embedded behind the figure’s head, bringing a sense of accolade and inviolable sacredness. We may wonder whether it is a genuine appreciation or an insinuating irony, and whether the artist expressed something in the deepest recesses of his mind without the slightest reservation by means of his blunt, explicit criticism.

About Artist

J. C. Kuo
J. C. Kuo
郭振昌
1973
B.A., Fine Arts, Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan
1968
Studied at the Lee Chun-Shan Studio
1949
Born in Lukang, Taiwan
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010
Submersed Motion and Shadows, Galerie ELEGANCE, Taipei, Taiwan
2008
Totem and Taboo 2008, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Am I a Beauty? I am a Beauty!, Main Trend Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2005
18 LOHANS, Main Trend Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2003
HAPPENSTANCE, Main Trend Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2001
Totem and Taboo, Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan
2000
St. TAIWAN 1996~2000, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
ABOUT FACES, Lin & Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.
1999
St. TAIWAN - J.C.Kuo's A Hundred Days Diary, Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan
1998
St. TAIWAN, Galerie ELEGANCE, Taipei, Taiwan
1997
J. C. Kuo: '87~'97 Chronology, Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan
1996
J. C. Kuo's '95~'96 Chronicles, Lin & Keng Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1995
J. C. Kuo's Picturing Taiwan 1995, Galerie ELEGANCE, Taipei, Taiwan
Mixed Impression, Up Art Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
1994
Icons and Images of Taiwan, Galerie ELEGANCE, Taipei, Taiwan
1993
The Phenomena of the Mythical Age, Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
The Phenomena of the Mythical Age, Contemporary Art Center, Taichung, Taiwan
The Phenomena of the Mythical Age, Up Art Gallery, Taipei / Kaohsiung, Taiwan
1992
Sensational Black Line - Modern Chinese Plastic Art, Crown Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan Sensational Black Line - Modern Chinese Plastic Art, Contemporary Art Center, Taichung, Taiwan
1991
Modernization - Modern Painting, Crown Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan

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