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Like a filter, matters passed through you and became a part of you, 2020, woodwork, flooring, water, malt, hop, rice, yeast, sink, text mat, faucet, barrel, pump, pipe, fruit, iodine solution, fluorescent light, mirror, UV print, metal frame, shower curtain, custom-made sandbag, plastic chair, snail shell, glass container, filter paper, funnel, mortar, acrylic binder, canvas, epoxy resin, Viagra, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.



Like a filter, matters passed through you and became a part of you, 2020, woodwork, flooring, water, malt, hop, rice, yeast, sink, text mat, faucet, barrel, pump, pipe, fruit, iodine solution, fluorescent light, mirror, UV print, metal frame, shower curtain, custom-made sandbag, plastic chair, snail shell, glass container, filter paper, funnel, mortar, acrylic binder, canvas, epoxy resin, Viagra, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.



Like a filter, matters passed through you and became a part of you, 2020, woodwork, flooring, water, malt, hop, rice, yeast, sink, text mat, faucet, barrel, pump, pipe, fruit, iodine solution, fluorescent light, mirror, UV print, metal frame, shower curtain, custom-made sandbag, plastic chair, snail shell, glass container, filter paper, funnel, mortar, acrylic binder, canvas, epoxy resin, Viagra, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.



Like a filter, matters passed through you and became a part of you, 2020, woodwork, flooring, water, malt, hop, rice, yeast, sink, text mat, faucet, barrel, pump, pipe, fruit, iodine solution, fluorescent light, mirror, UV print, metal frame, shower curtain, custom-made sandbag, plastic chair, snail shell, glass container, filter paper, funnel, mortar, acrylic binder, canvas, epoxy resin, Viagra, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.




LUO Jr-Shin

The Second Genre: The Sub-history of Wildlife Trade



Like a filter, matters passed through you and became a part of you is presented as an installation, sculpture, and site-specific conceptual work. The work is an extension of the exploration of spatial perception and mental state from Like a Urinal in a Nightclub (MOCA Taipei, 2018) and Snails (not Included) (Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei, 2019). The flowing liquid in the toilet, sticky floor, and snails are metaphors, visualizing all transformations and changes, including specific chemical changes or the qualitative transformation of meaning and concept (that are relatively abstract). With the substance and where its transformation takes place as preface, the artist explores and asks: What transforms materials into works of art? How do objects and materials evolve and carry meaning? How do objects pass through us and become part of us? And by meeting and exchanging, could it be that the boundary between humans or objects has become blurry?

Just as hyphae build networks for entire forests, it may be that the bacteria in human stomachs are participating in the thinking process of the brain.

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Luo Jr-Shin, born in 1984 in Miaoli, Taiwan, now lives and works in Taipei. Luo’s practice revolves around the experimentation of a variety of traditional and unconventional materials. Ranging from clay, resin, metal and everyday objects to food, chemicals and scent, he investigates the underlying spirituality and human condition in our representational world. Interested in the framework and modes of production from which our cognitive experiences arise, Luo is known for capturing and amplifying the absurdity within precarious, illusionary, and sometimes delusionary moments of everyday life. Recent exhibitions include National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2020); MoCA, Taipei (2019); Taipei Contemporary Art Centre (2018); ACC, Gwangju (2017); Times Museum, Guangzhou (2017); Taipei Fine Art Museum (2014); and Queens Museum, New York (2013).