Aussie artist Hack makes Taipei debut
By Ted Chen, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Artist Emma Hack made her exhibition debut in Taiwan yesterday at the Bluerider Art gallery in Taipei.
September 6, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The exhibition will begin on Sunday and is scheduled to run until Oct. 13, featuring 15 works from Hack's three major series of artworks named “Wallpaper Mandala,” “Birds of Prey” and “Utopia.”
Hack is a master of visual illusions, painting on both the canvas and on the skin of male and female models, melding the human figures in her paintings through exquisite camouflage-like brushwork. A closer examination of her works may be required to spot the model framed in her paintings.
In contrast to conventional works utilizing live models, where the focus is often placed on conveying the wondrous curvatures of the body, Hack's works abandon the voyeuristic tendencies of human nature, incorporating elements of the human body into her works.
Hack draws influences from a number of cultures, including the Japanese relief “Utopia” series featuring the themes of nature, incorporating flowers and butterflies in creating a vision of paradise. In the series “Birds of Prey,” Hack expresses her love for the bird species found in her native Australia, through depiction of fantastical stories between men and birds on canvas. The “Wallpaper Mandala” series features the strong clash between different colors, and layering of exquisitely detailed patterns.
Incidentally, Hack is the mastermind behind the music video for the hit song “Somebody That I Used to Know,” by Gotye, a popular Australian musician and songwriter. The music video featured Hack's trademark painting on the song's vocalists and a canvas backdrop, garnering over 430 million views on YouTube since it was posted. The video was the second most-viewed YouTube video of 2012, trailing Psy's hit “Gangnam Style.”
For more information, please visit the Bluerider Art galleries.