JAM WU


Jam Wu was born in 1979 on a small island called Taiwan that borders the Pacific Ocean. His hometown, Tainan, is the oldest city in Taiwan, with his childhood memories consisting of subtropical Anping Fishing Harbor, folk religion temple culture, and agricultural landscape.

Wu predominately works creatively with paper, focusing on the interconnected possibilities between traditional everyday life and contemporary facets, as he experiments with interpreting his own personal distinctiveness. On the other hand, he also regularly implements participatory projects, examining questions about life and social experiences.

Wu majored in architecture in college, and has a particular fondness for poetry. A recipient of the Cloud Gate Wanderer Project Fellowship upon his graduation, Wu used the grant to travel to the high plains in Northern China where he explored local folk art. He has since created art in a wide array of genres, including installation, video, performance, and often collaborates in cross-disciplinary performing works.

In 2009, he was invited by Watermill Center, founded by Robert Wilson, to create site-specific art. The same year, he became the first artist selected for Taiwan’s Eslite Bookstore “Young Talent Artist” program and presented his premier solo exhibition in the form of a trilogy. In 2010, he participated in the artist residency program at CITE, Paris and also traveled to the Arctic region and the Swiss countryside to survey European folk paper-cutting art in those areas. He was awarded that same year with the First Prize for the Louis Vuitton Cultural Space Audition, and became the first Taiwanese artist to exhibit at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton. He participated in the cross-disciplinary project, My Dear with Meimage Dance, presented at the National Theater in Taipei. And the work gained 2013 Taishin Arts Award. In 2014, Wu invited to Paris Hermes Petit h, created a leather and silk collection works.

In the performance project, Subsist Worksheet Of An Artist (2012), he offered to give haircuts in exchange for people’s everyday objects, with the intention to explore the statutory definition for the career of being an artist. In On The Way To Hometown About One Urban Youth, which took place in Beijing hutong, or old alleyways, with youths that have migrated to Beijing from elsewhere gathered over a meal to share their thoughts on the ongoing wave of youths returning back home. For the 2013 Looking For Audience, Wu transformed himself into a furniture store clerk to explore issues regarding public participations in exhibitions. In Temporary-A Questionnaire Of Art and Society(2014),Wu sought temporaries to be placards, like mobile sculptures, proceeded questionnaire conversations in Hsinchu Train Station. PapercutField – Soulangh Project (from 2016), Wu introduces and leads the local ladies getting inspiration from the local environment (Tainan Salt Zone) and doing paper-cutouts.

PUBLIC ART

  • 2013 “Rivers and Lakes of Taipei”, Xinyi-Anhe Sation of Taipei Metro, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2012 “Under the Arbor”, College Of Hakka Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • 2011 “Love Taipei”, Taipei Songshan Airport, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2010  Public Art in Southern Taiwan Science Park, Tainan, Taiwan
  • 2009 “Media Public Art”, Taipei Lantern Festival, Taipei City Government, Taipei, Taiwan

 COOPERATION

  • 2014 “Hermès Petit h”, BELLAVITA, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2012 “Sistema Taiwan – Public Welfare for Children”, Sincere Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2011 “Camellia Paper-cutting”, CHANEL, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2011 “Lovely Dragon – Public Welfare for Children Learning”, Xue Xue Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2009 “Stephane Dou, Chang Lee Yu-Gin and Jam Wu: Dress & Space Issue”, Taichung, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2009 “Jam Wu and JIA – Five Figure Form”, Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival, Hong Kong, China
  • 2008 “CowParade Taipei: Huashan Art District”, Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2007 “SuHo Memorial Paper Culture Museum ‘Exhibition of Paper Craft in Taiwan’”, Showroom design, National Center for Traditional Art, Yilan, Taiwan

INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKS

  • 2013  “My Dear” Meimage Dance, National Theater Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2007  Golden Bough Theater stage artist, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Little White House Theater, Tamsui, Taiwan
  • 2007   Stage design, “First Asia City Youth Drama Festival”, Avant-garde East Theater, Beijing, China

EDUCATION

  • 2012 Studying for a MA in Experiment Art, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
  • 2006 BA in Architecture Design, Shih Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2002 Department of Interior Design, Shu-Te Junior College, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

EXPERIENCE

  • 2010 Artist in residence, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
  • 2009 Artist in residence, Watermill Centre, Water Mill, New York, USA
  • 2007 Artist in residence, Juming Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • 2007 Stage design, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Golden Bough Theatre, Little White House, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2007 Stage design, “Legend of the White Snake”, Theatre Company of Lee Qing-Zhao, First Asia City Youth Drama Festival, Avant-garde East Theatre, Beijing, China

AWARDS

  • 2014 The 12th Taishin Arts Award Exhibition, MoNTUE, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2011 The 1st Austronesian Fine Arts Award, Selected, Taiwan
  • 2010 Journey in My Mind: Louis Vuitton Cultural Space Audition, First Prize, Taiwan
  • 2009 Kaohsiung Art Awards, Selected, Taiwan
  • 2008 Art Taipei 2008: Made in Taiwan – Young Artist Discovery, Selected, Taiwan
  • 2007 Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taoyuan County Government, Taoyuan Creation Award, Selected, Taiwan
  • 2006 Cloud Gate Wanderer Program for Young and Professional Artists, Selected, Taiwan
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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2018 “Songs and Bonfires", Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2017  “PINK Rainbow", 182artspace, Tainan, Taiwan
  • 2016 “PapercutField – Soulangh Project", Soulangh Culture Park, Tainan, Taiwan
  • 2016 “Cut-outs and Alive", Could Gate Theater, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2015 “One Thousand And One Nights / Nine Sea / An Evening”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2012 “(HAPPY OR BLACK BOOK) FOR FARMER", NHCUE ART SPACE, Taiwan
  • 2012 “JAM WU [Working Table Of An Artist] “,XinYi Eslite Bookstore-ART STUDIO, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2010 “If You See a Young Shepherd", Louis Vuitton Cultural Space, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2010 “Trilogy of Jam Wu’s Solo Exhibition", DunNan Eslite bookstore+Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center+Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taipei, Taiwan

COLLECTIONS

  • 2014 HERMES – Petit h Collection, France, Taiwan
  • 2014 The Peninsula Paris, France
  • 2012 Osteria by Angie, Taiwan
  • 2011 Deutsche Bank Centre, Hong Kong, China
  • 2011 Hsin-Yi Foundation, Taiwan
  • 2010 Cloud Gate Dance Foundation, Taiwan
  • 2009 National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
  • 2009 Cloud Gate Dance Foundation, Taiwan
  • 2008 Cloud Gate Dance Foundation, Taiwan
  • 2007 Cloud Gate Dance Foundation, Taiwan

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • “Once Trajectory: The special ten-year MIT anniversary exhibition", Art Taipei 2018, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Fra due culture", Palazzo Arese Borromeo + Magazini dell’ arte, Milan + Sicily, Italy
  • “Art and Design, dialogue with materials", Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, Toyama, Japan
  • “Taipei Original Festival", Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Fully Loaded Tainan – New York 2017″, Pfizer Building, New York, USA
  • “NEXT ART TAINAN", Inart Space, Tainan, Taiwan
  • “Dimension of Civilization — Grand Opening and Inaugural Exhibition",  MOCA Yin Chuan, Yin Chuan, China
  • “I Want to Dream”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “ART15 London – Liang Gallery", Olympia London, London, UK
  • “Art Taipei 2014”, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “BolognaFiere Shanghai – International Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China
  • “Art Taichung”, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Taichung, Taiwan
  • “Art14 London”, Olympia Grand, London, United Kingdom
  • ““Leung Ping Kwan (1949-2013), a Retrospective”, Hong Kong Fringe Club, Hong Kong, China
  • “Kiss Kiss My Baby Charity Event”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Art Stage Singapore”, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
  • “Neo Folk”, IKKAN Gallery, Singapore
  • “DisOrder / Exhibition / in Order”, Hong-gah Museum + Order System Company, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Mona Lisa Made In Taiwan”, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • “Innovation & Re-creation”, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
  • “Art Taipei 2013”, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Transform”, Nou Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Art Taipei 2012”, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Art Meets Fashion”, Bellavita Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Soft Power: The Intangible Indicator”, Main Trend Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Exploring With a Balloon: Taiwan Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “The Delightful Color of Spring”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “AIR – Artist in Residency”, Art Stock 20 & Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taichung, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Neo Folk: South East Asian Contemporary Art Show”, Cutlog Paris Art Fair, Paris, France
  • “Celebrating Spring Together: Joint Exhibition of Ten Contemporary Artists”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Young Artist Special Exhibition”, Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair, Hong Kong, China
  • “Urban Utopia”, Deutsche Bank Collection, Hong Kong, China
  • “1979: The Issue About Three Taiwanese Artists”, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
  • “Post-Adolescence”, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “The Void”, Art+ Shanghai Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • “Super Generation@Taiwan”, Shanghai Art Museum, Beijing Today Art Museum, Shanghai, Beijing, China
  • “Making Waves: The 6th Chinese Character Festival”, Dimension Endowment of Art (DEOA), Taipei, Taiwan
  • “River 2: Tracking Upstream”, International Urban Exchange Project, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Between Pure and Naughty”, Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Ghost Festival Installation Art”, Culture Affairs Bureau of Keelung County, Keelung, Taiwan
  • “Art Show 3: The Velocity of Oblivion-cutting for Typhoon Morakot in My Hometown”, Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Contemporary Value”, Ever Harvest Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Art on Balcony”, Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Umbilical Card”, Museum of Contemporary Art Studio, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Super Generation@Taiwan”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “The New Art of Paper Cutting”, XX Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “My Humble House Formula One 2008: Exhibition of a New Generation”
  • “Art Taipei 2008: Made in Taiwan – Young Artist Discovery”, Taipei World Trade Centre, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “2008 Very Fun Park: Eastern Taipei Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “My Little Box in Box, Twain囍”, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
  • “Wandering Flower: Jam Wu’s Paper-cutting”, Taishin Holdings Headquarter, President Office Art Gallery, National Taiwan Craft Research Institute, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store, Taipei, Nantou, Taiwan
  • “The Story Behind Taiwan Paper-cutting”, Culture Affairs Bureau of Hsinchu County, Hsinchu, Taiwan

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