By Ann Yu, The China PostShin Kong Mitsukoshi (新光三越) recently opened the season of spring with artist Jam Wu's (吳耿禎) simple yet elegant paper art exhibition themed “A Shepherd's Garden” (牧羊少年的花園).
March 2, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Wu, a talented Taiwanese artist who delves into the art of paper cutting, has created majestic works ranging from paper chandeliers to colossal paper constructions. From now until May 12, Wu will guide viewers into a harmonious secret garden with intricate examples of his artwork that will enthrall — all right in the heart of the rushing Xinyi district.
Located in different buildings of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, Wu's exhibition celebrates spring's vigor, using fresh color toned paper cut into floral prints that resemble the blossoms and life of the season. Either it is a deer at the corner of an alley, a bird perched atop a balcony, or a wandering zebra, the viewer is bound to be struck with awe from the towers of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi.
Like a spring scissor-god, Wu has crafted a mysterious, quiet paradise for visitors to lose themselves within for a couple of minutes amid the jungle of city chaos.
Located at the A9 building, Wu exhibits the paper artwork themed “The Fitting Rooms of a Mysterious Planet” (神秘星球的時光更衣室). Cutting to Wu means losing a piece of the original and gaining a space. By contrasting empty and full, light and dark, Wu creates a corner that somehow portrays the private fitting rooms of a mysterious space and time.
Placed in nearly all the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi buildings, Wu's artwork called “Waterfalls of Light and Rain” (流光細雨瀑瀑花) resembles a chandelier that hangs from atop a building. But a closer look will open a viewer's eyes to strings of intricately cut deer, birds, elephants, ivy, leaves and dandelions wavering in the wind that makes one think they are touring a jungle instead of shopping in a mall.
Born in Taiwan, Wu graduated from Shin-Chien University with a bachelor's in architecture. Known for his love of paper cutting, Wu is also a skilled photographer. He lives in Beijing and Taipei. In 2009, he became the first Young Talent Artist of the Eslite Bookstore (誠品書店) in which he presented a solo exhibition called “Trilogy of Jam Wu's Solo Exhibition” (吳耿禎首展三部曲). He has also won first prize for his exhibition “Journey In My Mind” for the Louis Vuitton Cultural Space Audition in 2010 and a Cloud Gate Wanderer Award in 2006. ■
Wu's artwork, 'Waterfalls of Rain and Light,' hangs from the ceiling of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi. Like a chandelier that boasts its magnificence, the artwork is truly a piece that ...