Media Test Wall

Hung-Chih Peng: The Heart Sutra

ShowingJuly 9, 2007 - September 7, 2007

Media Test Wall

Like a modern Aesop, the Taiwanese artist Hung-Chih Peng invites us to consider our human behaviors and spiritual aspirations through four recent works featuring dogs. In One Black/One White (2001) dogs act out the human foible of envy to their own detriment. In the Canine Monk series (2007) they write beautiful Zen Buddhist, Daoist meditations and protective charms with their tongues. As they perform the role of human surrogates in these works they remain dogs, relating to each other, the world, and spiritual realities as dogs do, so that we may learn from them in strictly canine terms. 

About the Artist

Hung-Chih Peng was born in Keelung (Tawain) in 1969. He lives and works in Taipei and New York. Most recently his work has been included in the 10th International Istanbul Biennial (2007). Other group exhibitions include Remote/Control, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai (2007), Taiwan: From within the Mist, Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls, South Dakota / Centre A - Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art / Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center and Ransbury Gallery, University of Indianapolis, Indiana / the Illges Gallery, Columbus State University, Georgia / the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2007). Among his solo exhibitions are those at AMT Gallery, Como, Italy (2007), Virgil de Voldere Gallery, New York (2007), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York (2006), Eastern Connecticut State University Arkus Gallery, Connecticut (2004), and the O. K. Center for Contemporary Art, Upper Austria (2002). 

This presentation of the Media Test Wall is generously supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Council for the Arts at MIT.

The Media Test Wall, an ongoing series of contemporary video exhibitions, is located in the Whitaker Building (21 Ames St., Bldg. 56) on the MIT campus.

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