"URBAN SYNESTHESIA" at KMFA, LUO Jr-shin's interview

Ron Hanson: You say you are interested in thefunction-ality of everyday objects. How utilitarian is the worldwe’re living indo you think?


Luo Jr-Shin: From a broad perspective, I thinkall products in our world are functional. They are produced to serve certainfunctions. Even some artworks possess such functional quality. Yet there arecertainly excep-tions, for example, discarded dysfunctional objects, readymadesor mud sculptures made by children seen in flea markets. They almost no longerhave any function, yet because of this, they come to assume another purequality that attracts some people’s attention, including that of artists. RH:As you draw upon many found objects in your work, can you tell me about yourprocess for acquiring your materials. What kind of qualities in the everydayattract your eye?


Luo: I’m often asked about this yet it’s hardto answer. I think it’s because while the objects seem to be selected through acertain mechanism or process, actually I can’t

explain the process precisely. I’d ratherbelieve they aren’t chosen by chance or randomly. I can see pos- siblepotential from certain objects but cannot identify where it comes from. Maybethe disparate objects can be regarded as fragments of a huge puzzle. The vieweris invited to spontaneously make connections and make possible senses among theobjects. Even I myself often do this over and over again.

RH: What do these everyday objects say aboutcontemporary life in Taiwan?


Luo: Sometimes they tell personal and privatethings while revealing common experiences of a certain era. During my trips, Ilike to observe how the same objects

are interpreted differently in differentcities and cultural contexts. I pay attention to details such as the design of ahandle, the package of a detergent, the texture of a pavement, etc. Althoughthere’s no human figure that immediately appear in my works, my works are alwaysabout man. I’m curious about the relation between man

and objects. People produce things for certainreasons. While objects seem to be formed out of human necessity, such a relationsometimes can be vague and even reversed. Because of habits, misuses, incidentsor natural evolutions, man can be reshaped by objects. Between such vagueboundaries, different lifestyles also reflect a reality: in the end, this is howwe live our lives.


Urban Synesthesia 
Venue: Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts 
Dates:October 17, 2015 to January 10, 2016

UrbanSynesthesia is an exhibition that brings together a diverse body of work byinternational artists and teams from around the world, dealing with sensoryexperience in aberrant textures of the urban landscape, often in chancediscoveries or encounters.


Ron Hanson

White Fungus founders the brothers Ron and Mark Hanson first moved to Taiwan at the beginning of 2000. They have since become immersersed in the Taiwan art scene and have been introducing Taiwan artists to the world through their publications and live events in cities including Berlin, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Beijing. Now the Hansons will introduce some of their favorite currents in New Zealand art, literature and music to Taiwan. 



Luo Jr-Shin (born in 1984) lives and works inTaipei. He graduated from Taipei National University of Arts in 2010. He oftenengages common objects in daily life. Through the richness of these objects, hethen reproduces another kind of reality. From this alternative reality, theviewers are able to notice the trace of daily life and the slight displacementfrom the origin, and a provocative sense of humor. Recent exhibitions include:Self-Titled (Art Basel Hong Kong, 2015), Unseen Daily Life (Tokyo Wonder SiteHongo, Tokyo, 2014), Sharon (Eslite Bookstore Art Studio, Taipei, 2014),Photographs / Sculptures (Fotoaura Institute of Photography, Tainan, 2014), TheDistance The Other (Hubei Museum of Art, China and Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts,Taiwan, 2014), Queens International 2013 (Queens Museum, New York, 2013) andTaipei Biennial 2014 (Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2014). His works havebeen exhibited in Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, China, and the United States.