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Arts & Culture Alliance to present a new exhibition of works by four Taiwanese photographers

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The Arts & Culture Alliance will present a new exhibition of works by four Taiwanese photographers entitled "Taiwan Sublime," opening Friday, January 7, at 5:00 PM in the Balcony of the Emporium Center. "Taiwan Sublime" comprises four series of photographs taken by Taiwanese photographers who for many years have crisscrossed Taiwan and its smaller sister islands with the aim of creating a record of its natural and human wonders.

To create the series "Soaring – An Elevated Vision of Natural Taiwan," Chi Po-lin spent more than 1,000 hours soaring—physically and spiritually—over the island in helicopters at altitudes between 300 feet and 14,000 feet, snapping more than 200,000 spectacular bird's-eye images of its exalted, protean physiognomy over the past decade-plus. Even this small sampling of what Chi has seen from his eagle's perspective enables us to share his exhilaration at witnessing Taiwan as the huge, mysterious and wonderful creature it is.

A long-time photographic chronicler of Taiwan's dance and traditional drama scenes, Liu Chen-hsiang has dedicated himself to the challenge of adapting the photographic technologies and techniques to the myriad variables of dancers' and actors' motions, stage design and lighting. His series, "Passion – Heavenly Feast of the Performing Arts", features his knack for capturing in enduring images the fleeting bursts of emotional power by which artists of dance have animated the hearts and minds of people through the ages.

To present "Folkways – Melding the Mundane and the Celestial," photographer Huang Ting-sheng has photographically recorded more than 500 religious festivals and rituals of the Taiwanese people over the past twenty-odd years. His passion for preserving images of such activities for posterity was sparked, initially, by the discovery that other interested observers mostly made only scholarly written records.

With his profound passion for observing Nature and his keen appreciation of the flux of spatial and temporal conditions as well as of interactions between the land and its people, photographer Chen Chih-hsiung has compiled a vast album of lyrical portraits of Taiwan, the seasonal rhythms of its landscapes and seascapes, and the human contribution to its appearance in his series "Interfaces – Rhythms of Nature and Humanity". He is appreciated for his portrayals of twilight scenes wherein he masterfully dramatizes subtle contrasts of light-and-dark value and of textures and contours.

"Taiwan Sublime" will be displayed in the Balcony at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, from January 7-28, 2011. An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on January 7 from 5:00-9:00 PM. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with additional hours on Saturday, January 8, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543 or visit

Published December 28, 2010

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