Project Medium: Found Object, Concrete, Wire

I made this series of work early this year in 2014. I see office objects as my subject.

When I review the photos of the Taiwan Garrison Command office in the 70’s, I found they look just like a normal office in that era. This logical visual archive shocked me, because compare to what came from the space, the space itself and the object in the space seems so innocent and banal. This incident gave me an inspiration of my art. I’m now keep making this series and hope I can develop a new piece in the end of November.
Yunyu Shih
Artist Email: shihyunyu@gmail.com

Yunyu SHIH was born in 1985 in Changhua, Taiwan. His interests in art lie specifically in examining and challenging the idea of memory through materials and objects and often involve concerns about politics of labor.

He is a self-taught artist. He started with photography but later extended his practices into sculpture and space. His work was nominated for the “One Wall Emerging Artist Award” in Japan in 2009. In 2010, he was invited to the Taipei Forum Bienniel in Taiwan for his one-year art project, “Farewell to A Building: the DongDongGuan Project.”

Before becoming an artist, Yunyu SHIH studied history and sociology at National Taiwan University in Taiwan. He also worked as an educator in a non-for-profit organization for two years. He held workshops for teenagers and invited artists and film directors to have conversations with them. Meanwhile, he also worked as a translator in an art book. His translation of “The Genius of Photography” (written by Gerry Badger) is the first photography history book translated into Chinese.

As a recipient of the New Artist Society Scholarship, He graduated from the Sculpture MFA program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014, May and he was also a participant of the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in 2014. He is now live and work in New York.s