CHEN, Chin-Pao│Ordinary Household (5.18~6.30)

On-View Exhibition| 2013 / 5/18 (Sat) ~ 2013 / 6/30 (Sun)
Opening Reception| 2013 /5/25 (Sat) 14:30
Artist Talk| 2013 /5/25 (Sat) 15:00

Curated by|Dr. Edward Chiu (Tung Fang Design University, The Department of Photography Preparatory Director)

Venue1839 Contemporary Gallery  │(02) 2778 8458
B1, No. 120 Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei 10696, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Free Admission

“Ordinary Household” is a project dedicated to the domestic approach which is somehow almost absent in Taiwanese photography.


Artist seeks for volunteers, goes to their houses, askes for their ideas about the most “often”, “want” and “unforgettable” things to do in their houses, and take pictures. In other words, sitters are “acting” themselves in their most familiar and comfortable environment.


Chen Chin-Pao, Taiwan Artist, who taught in an elementary school for a decade (while completing a BFA from SVA, New York) and his artworks projects including Circumgyration, Heaven on Earth series as well as Betel Nut Girls. The project of “Circumgyration” and “Heaven on Earth” awarded HIGASHIKAWA Award, Hokkaido Japan in 2011.

Ordinary Household by Chen Chin-Pao

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Chie Murakami│Japanese Girls (4.27~5.26)

On-View Exhibition| 2013 / 4/27 (Sat) ~ 2013 / 5/26 (Sun)
Opening Reception| 4/27 (Sat) 14:30
Artist Talk & Books Signing|4/27 (Sat) 15:00

Moderator|Dr. Edward Chiu (Tung Fang Design University│The Department of Photography Preparatory Director│Graduate Institute of Cultural & Creative Design, Assistant Professor)

Venue|1839 Little Gallery www.english.1839cg.com │(02) 2778 8458

B1, No. 120 Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei 10696, Taiwan (R.O.C)

Free Admission

Chie Murakami career as a freelance photographer begun in 2008 and she has been exploring her keen interest in fashion and portraits of children.  She reveals the ambiguity of young girls adopting adult attitudes.

In this project she photo “Japanese Girls”, up to 3 years old to 11 years old was taken in Japan.  A part of this project was exhibited by NYPH (New York Photograph) and South Lee Etoiles Gallery NY in 2011.

Chie Murakami_Japanese Girls

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Two‧One│Chiu Yu-Chen (3.30~4.21)

On-View Exhibition| 2013 / 3/30 (Sat) ~ 2013 / 4/21 (Sun)
Opening Reception| 2013 /3/30 (Sat) 14:30
Talk & Books Signing for the artist| 2013 /4/14 (Sun) 14:30

Venue|1839 Little Gallery www.english.1839cg.com │(02) 2778 8458

Yu-Chen Chiu is a photographer and new media artist currently residing in New York City.
Yu-Chen’s work looks at themes of displacement and longing so often associated with the culturally unfamiliar, through the context of a trans-cultural environment. Often viewed through an urban lens, Yu-Chen uses universal objects and the everyday person as her subject.

Her artwork has been exhibited and screened worldwide, such as at the Chelsea Art Museum, the South Street Seaport Museum, and the Sony Wonder Lab Museum in New York City, USA; Provflux in Rhode Island, USA; VIDEOFORMES in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and Reportage Photo Festival in East Sydney, Australia etc.

Two_one by Chiu Yu-Chen

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Chung-Ping Cheng (3.30~5.12)

Color Endowment PEONY by Chung-Ping Cheng

On-View Exhibition| 2013 / 3/30 (Sat) ~ 5/12 (Sun)
Opening Reception & Art Talk for the Artist| 2013 /3/30 (Sat) 14:30~16:00

Curated by|Dr. Edward Chiu (Tung Fang Design University, Graduate Institute of Cultural & Creative Design, Assistant Professor)
Venue│1839 Contemporary Gallery
Free Admission

Color Endowment】is part of the six laws of Chinese painting “Categorical Color Endowment”, introduced by Scholar Shieh-Huh during the Southern Chi Dynasty. It is to portray a variety of content by embracing them with colors.

Peony】 represents wealth and elegance in Chinese culture; affluent families often would hang Chinese representational paintings of peonies in the hall to depict its well means of prosperity. Artist – Chung Ping CHENG chose to utilize peonies to express her affection and interest toward colored photography by fashioning traditional film to capture peonies’ unlimited exquisite and poise postures, where photos were developed and enlarged in a darkroom.

Color Endowment Peony by Chung-Ping Cheng

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Events: Tokyo Girls Alone

Thanks for friends from oversea (HK, Signapore, China) as well as south Taiwan (HsinChu, Taichun, Tainan, Kaohsiung, etc) participanting the opening reception and artist talk as well as books singing.

Jimmy will visit Taipei again for live-shooting during the exhibition.  We would keep you informed via facebook of 1839 Contemporary Gallery.

Jimmy Shum - Tokyo Girls Alone

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Jimmy Ming Shum│Tokyo Girls Alone (2/23-3/24)

SHUM Jimmy Ming│Tokyo Girls Alone

On-View Exhibition| 2013 / 2/23 (Sat) ~ 2013 / 03/24 (Sun)
Opening Reception| 2013 /2/23 (Sat) 14:30
Art Talk| 2013 /2/23 (Sat) 15:00

Curated by|Dr. Edward Chiu (Tung Fang Design University, Graduate Institute of Cultural & Creative Design, Assistant Professor)
Venue|1839 Contemporary Gallery
Free Admission

“Girls Alone” is my photography column on TAO magazine in Hong Kong. I will introduce one girl everyweek……..(Jimmy Ming Shum)

Tokyo Girls Alone by Jimmy Ming Shum

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2013 Chinese New Year

Thank you for all of supports and encouragement we have received from the wonderful people who recognize our outstanding achievements in curating photography exhibitions since 2009.

Wishing you a Happy Chinese Lunar New Year~
May you and your families enjoy an artful and prosperous 2013 ~

Gallery will re-open on 20th of February after Chinese New Year.
1st photography exhibition will run by Jimmy Ming Shum – Tokyo Girls Alone
Exhibition on-review │2013/02/23 (Sat) ~ 3/24 (Sun)
Opening Reception│2013/02/23 (Sat) 14:30
Art Talk & Book Sigings by artist│2013/02/23 (Sat) 15:00~17:00

Now we open call for 2013 Exhibition at 1839 Little Gallery.
It’s a good opportunity to the emerging artists/photographers for showcasing their work with a public environment.

2013.02 Chinese New Year

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Exhibition Events: Circumgyration

Thanks for all greetings from the leader’s wife of Ma-tsu County、 the chairman of Culture of Lian-jiang County and Lian-jiang Council President, as well as everyone came for opening reception.  Special thanks for Mr. Tsai Yong-sheng and friends providing photos took at reception.  With all of your support, the events went smoothly and successfully.

For year-end upcoming, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone happy, safe and prosperous New Year.  Remember be with families and friends to take a look at 《CIRCUMGYRATION》exhibition and enjoy the photographic artworks.

Artist talks went well on last Saturday!  Artist Mr. Chen shared his experiences and the conditions he met during the process. He also introduced some foreign photographers, i.e. Judith Joy Rose, Larry Fink and Nicholas Nixon etc, who are photographing kids as topic with different styles of presentation.

《CIRCUMGYRATION》projects represent everyone childhood memories from an elementary grade students.  The content presented the memories through a single survey distributed to students and parents.

Artist Mr. Chen buildup the instruction in his plan to deliver each work between reality and fiction through his prospective, inspiration, memories and observation.  This is caused by his teaching experiences at elementary school.

Through staying at Japanese Koganecho Art Village, Mr. Chen got opportunities to approach the local elementary schools, and opened his subsequent projects at South Korea and Shanghais China in Northeast Asia.

Artist Mr. Chen said: “I just use the way to approach the original images from my head”, He has ever use 4 × 5 camera in beginning, till now 8 × 10 large camera.   He was awarded of the 2010 Higashikawa Award (the overseas award) in Japan.  Don’t miss your chance to see the exhibition at 1839 Contemporary Gallery until February 3, 2013.

《CIRCUMGYRATION》by Chen Chin-pao

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CHEN Chin-Pao│Circumgyration Projects (12.22~02.03)

CHEN Chin-Pao│Circumgyration Projects – Group Memories

On-View Exhibition| 2012 / 12/22 (Sat) ~ 2013 / 02/03 (Sun)
Opening Reception| 2012 /12/22 (Sat) 14:30
Art Talk| 2012 /12/22 (Sat) 15:00

Curated by|Dr. Edward Chiu (Tung Fang Design University, Graduate Institute of Cultural & Creative Design, Assistant Professor)

Sponsored by |National Culture and Arts Foundation
Venue|1839 Contemporary Gallery

“Circumgyration” is a photographic project dedicated to explore the boundaries and possibilities among reality, truth and memory.

Photography seems always about now and aftertime. However, I am obsessed with the people and things existing before the invention of photography and not being able to be photographed for whatever reasons. They have always made me sorrow.

It is the reason I try to take fragments of memories from myself and others, and intend to represent scenes from memories by using 8 by 10 large format camera, combining natural and artificial lighting. What I really want to do is to make something too late to be recorded to be re-seen.

Therefore, these images may be treated as “pseudo- memory”

CHEN Chin-Pao│Circumgyration Projects

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Tetsu and Otyu by Tomomi Sakuma

Tomomi Sakuma Solo Exhibition (12.1-12.30)

Tomomi Sakuma Solo ExhibitionTetsu and Otyu 追憶
On-View Exhibition│2012 / 12 / 01 (Sat) ~ 2012 / 12 / 30 (Sun)

Opening Reception & Art Talk│2012.12.01 Sat. 14:30
Artist ▎Tomomi Sakuma
Curated ▎Dr. Edward Chiu (Tung Fang Design University, Graduate Institute of Cultural & Creative Design, Assistant Professor)

Venue ▎1839 Little Gallery

This photo exhibition is my grandparent’s day-to-day life, happiness and sadness.
On March 2011, Japan went through a series of catastrophe. Despite many losses, Japanese people try to find what they can do to continue to live their lives. 

When I saw them, I remembered my grandparents.
They were beautiful, cheerful and loving. Back in the Second World War, they lost their family and friends. And although life was hard and food was scared at that time, they never gave up.

They tell me still now how to live with cheerful and loving from their photos.
Although they are no longer in this world, they will always live in my heart. The pictures of their daily lives never failed to inspire me to live happily and cheerfully even in times of hardship. I hope the pictures ad story told within the pictures could also help others, who see them, to find joy and happiness.

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