The 18th Chung-Sheng Li Foundation Visual Arts Award presents a dual exhibition featuring Yong-Da Zhang and Ping-Ao Li

The 18th Chung-Sheng Li Foundation Visual Arts Award presents a dual exhibition featuring Yong-Da Zhang  and Ping-Ao Li.

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The 18th Chung-Sheng Li Foundation Visual Arts Award presents a dual exhibition featuring Yong-Da Zhang and Ping-Ao Li.

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On March 23rd, the NCKU Art Center hosted the opening ceremony and award presentation for the "18th Chung-Sheng Li Foundation Visual Arts Award: Dual Exhibition of Yong-Da Zhang and Ping-Ao Li" at the Cheng Kung Art Gallery. The event was jointly organized by the NCKU, Cheng Kung Art Center, and the Chung-Sheng Li Modern Painting and Education Foundation. Chairman Pu-Ching Huang of the Chung-Sheng Li Foundation and Deputy Art Center Director Chia-Han Yang delivered speeches, and award-winning artists Yong-Da Zhang and Ping-Ao Li shared their insights into their creative process. Attendees engaged in close interactions and discussions with the artists, creating a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

The Chung-Sheng Li Foundation Visual Arts Award is characterized by its openness, welcoming originality, personal style, and contemporary spirit in artworks of any medium, open to Chinese people worldwide. After three rounds of rigorous selection by five judges and thorough deliberation, Yong-Da Zhang and Ping-Ao Li were awarded the "18th Chung-Sheng Li Foundation Visual Arts Award." They received a prize of NT$300,000 and a trophy in recognition of their achievements.

Chairman Pu-Ching Huang expressed that the Chung-Sheng Li Foundation Visual Arts Award aims to fulfill the spirit of Mr. Chung-Sheng Li, promoting and encouraging modern art creation. Despite facing challenges, the award has become a landmark in Taiwan's art scene. Many past winners have become iconic artists shining brightly in Taiwan's art scene, indicating the award's significance. Chairman Huang hopes that the award, utilizing the platform provided by the Art Center, will continue to contribute to contemporary art's support and promotion, benefiting both the university and the foundation.

Deputy Art Center Director Chia-Han Yang shared that the Art Center, as a venue for artistic exhibitions in the university, not only hosts regular exhibitions but also endeavors to serve as an art education platform. Collaborating with the Chung-Sheng Li Modern Painting and Education Foundation, the Art Center has been organizing the Chung-Sheng Li Foundation Visual Arts Award for nine years, aiming to play a significant role in the contemporary art creation ecosystem. Despite not having a department solely dedicated to artistic creation, the university is committed to preserving art education and supporting modern artists through various collaborations and activities. Yang emphasized the importance of Cheng Kung University's role as a prominent university in southern Taiwan, contributing to the promotion of Taiwanese art. Additionally, he noted that the artworks of Yong-Da Zhang and Ping-Ao Li share similar qualities, both dealing with the random distribution and overlay of information, albeit using different mediums, and looks forward to exchanging ideas and experiences with the artists.

Yong-Da Zhang focuses on new media art, presenting his exhibition titled "Compose." He emphasizes various combinations and compositions in his works, some featuring random dot and line structures on screen, while others are presented through sound. Throughout his creative process, Zhang continuously explores questions such as "What constitutes true randomness?" and "To what extent can creators push the boundaries of technological media applications?" By retaining program variables, he introduces uncertainty into his works through the trace elements of minerals' radiation. Zhang's works encompass a diverse range of forms, including sound, imagery, experimental sounds, sound installations, and live performances. He often focuses on overlooked phenomena and sounds in daily life, exploring the relationship between humans, technology, and the environment through experimentation and research.

Ping-Ao Li primarily focuses on flat artwork, characterized by bright and rich colors. His works often contain a wealth of information within a single image, incorporating hand-drawn elements and photo collages. He aims to convey the feeling of being overwhelmed by information explosion and creates visual experiences that juxtapose various colors and objects. Through his unique perspective, Li interprets individuals' perception and response to being inundated with information, employing techniques such as repeated cutting, layering, coloring, polishing, and collage to present a unique interpretation of technological images and communication media.

The "18th Chung-Sheng Li Foundation Visual Arts Award: Dual Exhibition of Yong-Da Zhang and Ping-Ao Li" is held at the Cheng Kung Art Gallery from March 20th to April 27th. In accordance with Mr. Chung-Sheng Li's wishes, the Chung-Sheng Li Modern Painting and Education Foundation aims to promote the development of modern painting and encourage contemporary art creation, establishing the Chung-Sheng Li Foundation Visual Arts Award. The award is held biennially, welcoming Taiwanese contemporary artists to participate regardless of medium, age, gender, or other conditions.

A photo of Yong-Da Zhang  (left) and Ping-Ao Li (right), taken by photographer Chien-Ming Liu.

Ping-Ao Li introduces the exhibition works. (Photo by Chien-Ming Liu).

Chairman Pu-Ching Huang delivers a speech at the Chung-Sheng Li Foundation. (Photo by Chien-Ming Liu).

Deputy Art Center Director Chia-Han Yang delivers a speech. (Photo by Chien-Ming Liu).

Yong-Da Zhang  utilizes the divergent trace elements of minerals to create uncertainty in his artworks. (Photo by Hsiao-Chien Chung).

Ping-Ao Li primarily focuses on flat artwork, featuring bright and rich colors. His works often combine hand-drawn elements with photo collages, presenting a wealth of information within a single image. (Photo by Hsiao-Chien Chung).

Yong-Da Zhang  introduces the exhibition pieces. (Photo by Chien-Ming Liu).

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