Hou eats, hou fun, hou sound, and hou culture, at the 2017 Chiayi Hou (Monkey) Camp!
Visitors can find all the Chiayi hou (Chinese pronunciation for monkey; also Taiwanese pronunciation for “good”) places - hou eats, hou fun, hou sound, and hou culture, at the 2017 Chiayi Hou (Monkey) Camp! Named after the monkey (pronounced hou in Chinese) and its homophone in Taiwanese, which means “good,” this event uses rich Chiayi culture and art to demonstrate the diversity of life and culture in Chiayi City. The rich emotional connotation of “Shi (stone in Chinese) Hou” is used to endorse the local custom of “Chiayi hou places.
March 19 (Sunday) – April 01 (Saturday)
Opening Ceremony：March 19 (Sunday) 10:00
Location: Chiayi City Cultural Affairs Bureau Cultural Square
Closing ceremony & Lucky Draw：April 01 (Saturday)14:00
Location: Area by the Chiayi City Cultural Affairs Bureau’s concert hall
Time: March 25 (Saturday) 10:00、15:00
Time: March 26 (Sunday) 10:00、15:00
Location: Beside Chiayi City Cultural Affairs Bureau concert hall
Time: March 29 (Wednesday) 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Chiayi City Cultural Affairs Bureau lecture hall
Content: using a relaxed art sharing atmosphere to close the distance between art and Chiayi City
residents, so that the public can have an opportunity to further understand stone sculpture art.
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「International Artist」and「Local Artist」
Genti Tavanxhiu was born in 1973 in Albania. He established his personal sculpture atelier in Italy since 1993. He is the AIESM (International Association for Monumental Sculpture Events) manager in Albania and agent in Italy as well as an ISSA (International Sculpture Symposium Alliance) member in Tongling, China. For the past two decades has been part of important national and international exhibitions, being awarded several prizes. His monumental sculptures are present in many public places and private collections in USA, Germany, Spain, Italy,China, Japan, Egypt and so on.
A graduate of the Carrara Accademia Belle Arti in 1999, this Korean born artist is currently living in Italy. Hwang has a high profile inte- rnationally and has participated in over 30 symposia worldwide.His themes often include paper and the related culture focused on the importance of communication and the accumulation of knowledge. “Papers are very important in our lives because not only do they serve as the material we use in our everyday activities, but they also serve as a kind of ‘hidden power’ bearing the language that we use.”
Kamen Tanev comes from Bulgaria. He perceives the art of sculpture as a formative process, in which the artist creates an order in space quite different from usual. Undeniably, it’s an art of real three-dimensional objects placed in real space.In the context of our age - dynamic, intense, overloaded with information, he has chosen the short form as the best way for artistic expression. He create his sculptures as different fragments in order to achieve more vital, direct and immediate effect. He emphasize on a detail of a curious structure, object or substance, giving it a new meaning by putting it in extraordinary environment or changing its dimensions and composition.
The sculptor Tsai Yung-Wu was born and raised in simple Beigang Township, Yunlin County. He graduated from the Fu-Hsin Trade and Arts School, and studied Buddhist sculptures under the contemporary religious art master Lai Chen-Yuan.He also learned the skills from Mr. Hsu, Li-Hsien in Hualien. Tsai worked for over 10 years in Jian, Hualienand Sanyi Township, Miaoli doing stone and wood sculptures, and has mastered wood sculpturing, stone sculpturing, pottery making, and painting/drawing. Tsai Yung-Wu states that he mainlyworked with extremely hard granite and marble in Hualien, but after over a decade of practice, he is now using softer sandstone to create stone hou sculptures. Working with the material is easier forhim, but to create a good stone hou work, he must observe the movements of monkeys so that he is able to transform his inner concept into a life-like stone hou.
Chiayi Stone Sculpture Association
Chiayi City, the hometown of stone monkeys, the artists have carved stone monkeys for more than 50 years here. The most remarkable part is these artists didn’t get any professional training on sculpturing, they learned by themselves.Thanks to the promotion of Mr. Chen, Ming-Chin, Mr. Zhang, Rong-Shun and some other artists, there have already been over 100 members in this association.Also, under the support of Cultural Affairs Bureau of Chiayi City Government, the annual competition of stone monkey sculpture and the exhibition are recognized in public. What’s the difference between one person and one group?We need to take each other’s ideas and make them together.Also, because of our teamwork, the unexpected achievement always comes up.
Chiayi City, the hometown of stone monkeys, the artists have carved stone monkeys for more than 50 years here.
Chiayi City, the hometown of stone monkeys, the artists have carved stone monkeys for more than 50 years here. The most remarkable part is these artists didn’t get any professional training on sculpturing, they learned by themselves.Thanks to the promotion of Mr. Chen, Ming-Chin, Mr. Zhang, Rong-Shun and some other artists, there have already been over 100 members in this association.Also, under the support of Cultural Affairs Bureau of Chiayi City Government, the annual competition of stone monkey sculpture and the exhibition are recognized in public.What’s the difference between one person and one group?We need to take each other’s ideas and make them together.Also, because of our teamwork, the unexpected achievement always comes up.
2014 The 1100 Buddha sculpture work in Bodh Gaya, India.
2012 Won first place with his “My Baby” in the national group of Chiayi City’s hou stone sculpture competition.
2012 Received the “permanent review exemption” honor for Chiayi City’s stone hou sculpture competitions.
2012 Chiayi City Lantan Elementary School’s “Lantan Moon Gazing” stone hou school artist.
2011 Won first place in the national group in Chiayi City’s Houlihai stone sculpture competition with his work “Glory.”
2010 Won third place in the national group in the Chiayi City Cultural Affairs Bureau’s Houlihai stone sculpture competition with his work “Cold Front.”
2009 His work, “Lively Chiayi” was selected as the large stone hou installation at the Baigang Rd. and Shixian Rd. intersection in Chiayi City.
2006 The “Merit Wall of 10,000 People” in Fo Guang Shan’s Jinguang Temple.
2005 His stone sculpture, “Handsome Guy” was selected for perpetual collection by the Chiayi City Cultural Affairs Bureau
2004 Commissioned to produce the 27 feet long Guanyin riding on dragon sculpture for Fo Guang Shan.
2001 – 2006 Ceramic teacher for the Beigang Teaching Center of the Yunlin Community College.
2011 Invited by the Chiayi City Cultural Affairs Bureau to exhibit, Chiayi City stone hou Tsai Yung-Wu exhibit, Changhua Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung Cultural Affairs Bureau, Hsinchu Cultural Affairs Bureau, and the Kaohsiung Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery exhibition.
2006 Participated in Chiayi City’s large stone hou sculpture work “Handsome Guy” and awarded perpetual collection by the Chiayi City government in the Chiayi City Cultural Affairs Bureau concert hall square.
2002 – 2004 Tsai Yung-Wu Splashed Glaze Landscape ceramic work was created by the invitation of the Yunlin Cultural Affairs Bureau, Chiayi City Cultural Affairs Bureau, the Tainan Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, and the Kaohsiung Cultural Affairs Bureau.
2016 ARTE INSIEME Concorso BIM San Benedetto del Tronto (Italy ) - 1st Prize
2014 Pietraia dei Poeti, S. Benedetto del Tronto (Italy) - 1st Prize
2011 8th Biennale de Sculpture de Quistreham, Normandie (France) - Le Buria d’Argeot categorie moyennes sculpture
2008 Olympics Landscape Sculpture Design Contest, Beijing (China) - Excellent medal
Excellent Award,1st Sculpture Exhibition, Fuzhou, China 2015
People Choice Award, Adelaide Hills Sculpture Symposium, Australia 2012
Gold prize, Quistreham sculpture biennale, France 2011
100 Anniversary of Tshinghua University, Beijing, China 2011
The 1st Prize Teulada International sculpture Symposium, Italy 1997
The 1st Prize Golfo dell`Asinara International Sculpture Symposium, Italy 1998
The 2nd Prize Maalot International Sculpture Symposium 1999
The 11 Emerging Young Artist-The Association of Korean Gallery 1999
2013 Honoroble prize - Nanjing International Sports Sculpture Competition, Youth Olympic Games – Nanjing, China
2011 First prize -The 1st International Public Art Festival of Mudanjiang JingpoLake 2011, China
2005 Second prize - XVI International Sculpture Symposium, O Grove, Spain
2014 “Links” – Myro Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
2005 “Genesis” – Fine Art Exhibition, National Public Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
1996 Sculpture Exhibition in Russian Center of Culture – Sofia, Bulgaria
2016 Sculpture Symposium – Hurgada Egypt
2016 7°International Sculpture Symposium “Skulptura e Parkut”, Korça (Albania) - Symposium Curator organizer and coordinator
2016 Sculpture Symposium Besiktas , Istanbul – Turkey
2016 1°sculpture Symposium in Marble – Saranda (Albania)
2016 Sculpture Symposium Julienne (France)
2016 Ostraka Arts – Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt )
2015 The 25st annual “Stone in the Galilee” - Israel
2015 VIIth Travertine Sculpture Symposium, Acquasanta (Italy)
2015 1° Sculpture Symposium Mamara Island, Turkey
2014 5th International Sculpture Symposium “Skulptura e Parkut”, Korça (Albania) - Symposium organizer and coordinator
Gold Coast Art Center, Australia 2014
Trento, Italy 2013
Batumi, Rep of Georgia 2012
Gwanmun Park (Gwachon, Korea) 2008
Maloochi Bushland Park, Australia 2006
Bramming, Danmark 2004
2014 “Greek Marble Initiative” – Sculpture Exhibition, Myro Gallery, Thessaloniui, Greece
2010 “Sculpture exhibition” – Carlos Woods Gallery, Guatemala city, Guatemala
2009 Hualien Country Stone Sculptural Museum – Hualien, Taiwan
2007 “24” – Contemporary Art Exhibition, P. K. Yavorov library, Burgas city, Bulgaria