[Zhao Yue Solo Exhibition-Hot Spring Series #1]
What are the sparks when young Chinese artist encountered Taiwan hot springs?
地點：Solo Singer Life 台北市北投區溫泉路7巷1弄1號 (Solo Singer Inn隔壁)
Opening Salon:9/7 14:00~16:00
Venue:Solo Singer Life No.1, first Alley, Ln. 7, Wenquan Rd., Beitou Dist., Taipei City (next to Solo Singer Inn)
*The opening salon is free of charge, but please sign up in advance
Last Spring I visited Taiwan for several months. There I came across hot springs and the Taiwanese love of bathing; intrigued I went along and discovered a fascinating world and became an avid bather, trying all kinds of baths all over Taiwan and the result has been these watercolors. Hot spring bathing is a big part of Taiwanese life and culture, it has a peculiar ambient, a public space where strangers interact in different ways, each has its own waters, setting, mood, color, texture and rules. Drawing also seems to be a suitable medium to record and depict this world. Some of my drawings were made on the spot, others were made from memory, yet in others I let my imagination go free.
I was born in Beijing, and grew up in both that city and Xian. Later, I moved to the US for a while, in the past years I have been based in Shanghai where I worked as a full-time architect and did painting as a hobby. But all along I ‘ve had a desire to dedicate myself more to art, and it was only recently after becoming a freelancer architect that I could do this. Architecture mainly deals with real world issues, but art is a means of opening up to another kind of creation, just as interesting and in some ways more free.
As for Taiwan, my girlfriend used to live there and in my first visit there I followed her to the unknown universe of hot spring, and very soon became an avid bather; responding to a child-like curiosity I had an irresistible urge to sketch and draw this fascinating world. Visit upon visit I gradually fell in love with Taiwan and other projects are slowly taking shape.
Zhao Yue received a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a M. Arch from USC and a B.A from Tsinghua University, and is both an artist and architect.
His main participations in exhibitions include SAIC 2010 MFA Show in Chicago and the Secret 7, 2012 in Tianzifang, Shanghai.