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Wonder in the Fields by Vinci Weng

Vinci Weng

Taipei, TAIWAN - Taiwan

Description

Dr. Vinci Weng (born in 1970, lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan) is a practicing artist working primarily with contemporary photography, digital imaging and moving image. In an artistic practice spanning over thirty years, his research interests include modern painting, digital fine art and experimental animation. His digital still and moving image explores the surreal relation of the pictorial, theatrical and cinematic perspectives.

Weng has an excellent track record of creative practice and research output. As an artist and academic, he has had numerous awards, solo and group exhibitions, his works have been presented internationally at museums and galleries such as Farglory Museums Taipei Taiwan (2019), YellowKorner Galleries Paris and Basel etc. (2019), The Royal Albert Hall London (2016), The Old Truman Brewery London (2016), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2016), Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (2016), The Pier-2 Art Centre Kaohsiung (2017), The Business Design Centre London (2014), Gallery 27 London (2013), The Space Hong Kong (2013), FQ Projects Shanghai (2013), Sotheby’s Amsterdam Gallery (2003), The Genia Schreiber University Gallery Tel Aviv (2003), MARS Centre for Contemporary Art Moscow (2003), Association of Photographers Gallery London (2002), Royal West of England Academy Bristol (2001), Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery UK (2001) and Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2001). Several notable international awards include Chromatic Awards (2017~2018), International Photographer of the Year (2015~2017), Fine Art Photography Awards (2015~2019), La Grande Photo International Awards (2016), The AOP Photography Awards & Expo (2014), International Photography Awards (2013~2018), The RPS International Photography Exhibition (156th, 158th and 162th), Grand Prix de la Découverte (2012), The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology (2012), International Festival of Electronic Art 404 (2009), ArtLink@Sotheby’s International Young Art (2003) and International Digital Exhibition and Awards (2002). His works have also been widely collected by art galleries, museums and institutions around the world.

Weng is an Associate Professor at College of Communications, Chinese Culture University in Taipei, and one of the representative artists for YellowKorner in Paris. In 2019, he is invited to join ArtLink’s artist by ArtLink Creatives in London. He is working on new digital-still images. His current practice focuses on the potential of the digital three-dimensional space as a virtual stage for manipulating and transforming two-dimensional photographic images through which to reframe the pictorial scenarios of the still/moving image. He is, simultaneously planning to continue the new research of post-photography in his digital-imaging practice.

Artist statement

In my experience of the contemporary digital-imaging practice, it is fundamentally related to traditional photographic skills, computer technology and notions of painting, which communicate new ways of seeing and thinking. This still image-based project focuses on the re-thinking of ‘cinematographic’ picture in terms of the sceneries of Eastern and Western paintings, associated with my previous Chinese ink painting; it presents the ideas between realism and surrealism.

My practice and methodology in the project deals with multiple-perspective compositions of figures and landscapes that raise a number of surreal issues as well as dramatic boundaries in the theatrical space. As kind of ‘wonderlands’, I combine the visual styles of narrative and non-narrative that straddle the modernity of painting and photography. The thought is extended to the large-scale virtual scenery, which involves cinematic structure – a visual interaction between dream (psychological space) and reality (physical dimension).

I have used digital applications to create montages of different individual images, manipulating and blending them into what appears as a single unified photograph. The still images re-invent modern imaginative scenes; utilizing hi-res captured images (figures, houses, trees and so on) from multiple-perspective landscapes, and took over several months to shoot hundred pictures in order to achieve a seamless montage that gives the dream-like illusion of capturing a dramatic moment in time. These works are produced by Giclee fine art printing on the archival fine art papers, or screened on several large full-HD flat monitors, thereby allowing the viewer to perceive them as digital photographic/cinematic painting.

Local shows

Selected Exhibitions

2019 /
Modern Garden of Joys (solo show), Farglory Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
My Wonderlands, YellowKorner Gallery – Pompidou, Paris, France
The 2019 Taoyuan City Artists’ Invitational Exhibition, Taoyuan City Museum of Modern Art, Taoyuan, Taiwan
2018 /
My Wonderlands (solo show), Chinese Culture University Hwa-Kang Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2017 /
Beyond Limits - 2016 IPA Best Show X Formosa's Photo Elites, The Pier-2 Art Centre, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
The 2017 Taiwan Emerging Art Awards Exhibition, Taichung City Seaport Art Centre, Taichung, Taiwan
The 2017 Taoyuan City Artists’ Invitational Exhibition, Art Galleries for Department of Cultural Affairs, Taoyuan, Taiwan
The 2017 Taoyuan City Artists’ Invitational Exhibition at Airport, Art Galleries for Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan
Chong-Hong Construction x Art Bank Taiwan, The Art Space for the Lobby of New Square, Chong-Hong Culture & Education Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
2015~2016 /
The 2016 Taiwan Emerging Art Awards Exhibition, Taichung City Seaport Art Centre, Taichung, Taiwan
Kaohsiung Awards and Exhibition 2016, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Dreams + Habitations - NTMoFA Young Artist Collection Exhibition, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
The 158th RPS International Print Exhibitions x Photomonth East London International Photography Festival, The Old Truman Brewery, London, UK
The 158th RPS International Print Exhibitions, The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
The 158th RPS International Print Exhibitions, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, UK
The 158th RPS International Print Exhibitions, The Hive, Worcester, UK
The 158th RPS International Print Exhibitions, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Warrington, UK
The 158th RPS International Print Exhibitions, University of Derby, Derby, UK
Window View of Life: Place, Environment and Identity, The Gallery for Art Bank Headquarter, Taichung, Taiwan
Summer Art Festival 2015, The Gallery of Live Forever Foundation for Aesthetic Education, Taichung, Taiwan
2014 /
The AOP Photography Awards & Expo 2014, The Business Design Centre in Islington, London, UK
Kaohsiung Awards and Exhibition 2014, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Young Art Taipei 2014 – Taipei International Contemporary Hotel Art Fair, Regent Taipei, Taiwan
2013~2014 /
The 156th RPS International Print Exhibitions, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford, UK
The 156th RPS International Print Exhibitions, The Civic, Barnsley, UK
The 156th RPS International Print Exhibitions, The Michael Heseltine Gallery, Oxford, UK
The 156th RPS International Print Exhibitions, The Museum of Somerset, Taunton, UK
2013 /
The Lumen Prize Exhibition – International Award for Digital Fine Art, Gallery 27, London, UK
The Lumen Prize Exhibition – International Award for Digital Fine Art, The Space, Hong Kong
The Lumen Prize Exhibition – International Award for Digital Fine Art, FQ Projects, Shanghai, China
The Lumen Prize Exhibition – International Award for Digital Fine Art, Canary Wharf FCA, London, UK
The Lumen Prize Exhibition – International Award for Digital Fine Art, Robert's Books, Riga, Latvia

Selected Awards

2019 /
Nominee (photomanipulation), 5rd Fine Art Photography Awards, London, UK
2018 /
Honorable Mention (digitally enhanced), IPA 2018, Los Angeles, USA
Honorable Mention (fine art), ND Awards 2018, London, UK
Honorable Mentions (photomanipulation), Chromatic Awards 2018, USA
2017 /
The 1st Place Winner (photomanipulation), Chromatic Awards 2017, USA
Honorable Mentions (photomanipulation), Chromatic Awards 2017, USA
The 3rd Prize Winner (fine art), International Photographer of the Year 2016~2017, London, UK
Honorable Mention (digital art), New York International Photography and Digital Art Contest, NYC, USA
Nominee (photomanipulation), 3rd Fine Art Photography Awards, London, UK
Finalist, The 2017 Taiwan Emerging Art Awards, Taichung, Taiwan
2016 /
The 2nd Prize Winner (fine art), International Photographer of the Year 2015~2016, London, UK
Nominee (fine art), Photogrvphy Grant 2016, London, UK
Nominee (fine art), La Grande PHOTO International Awards 2016, New York, USA
Finalist, The 2016 Taiwan Emerging Art Awards, Taichung, Taiwan
Honorable Mention, Kaohsiung Awards 2016, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2015 /
The 3rd Prize Winner (photomanipulation), 1st Fine Art Photography Awards, London, UK
Honorable Mention (fine art), ND Awards 2015, London, UK
Honorable Mention (digitally enhanced), IPA 2015, Los Angeles, USA
Finalist, The RPS International 158th Print Competition, Bath, UK
2014 /
Finalist, The AOP Photography Awards & Expo 2014, London, UK
The 1st Prize Winner (creative flair), Better Photography – Photograph of the Year Award 2014, Australia
Special Jury Prize, Kaohsiung Awards 2014, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Honorable Mention (digitally enhanced), IPA 2014, Los Angeles, USA
Finalist, Photographer’s FORUM – Best of Photography 2014, Santa Barbara, USA
Finalist, The Art Bank Acquisition Programme 2014, The Ministry of Culture, Taichung, Taiwan
2013 /
Honorable Mention (digitally enhanced), IPA 2013, Los Angeles, USA
Finalist, The RPS International 156th Print Competition, Bath, UK
Finalist, The Young Artist Collection Project 2013, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
2012 /
Jury Award of Merit (digital experiment), The Grand Prix de la Découverte, Paris, France
Finalist, The Lumen Prize – International Award for Digital Fine Art, UK
Runner-Up (digital fine arts), An International Competition for Creative Quarterly 29, New York, USA
2009 /
Finalist (still image), The International Festival of Electronic Art 404, Rosario, Argentina






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