Luo Jr-shin

Luo Jr-shin, in Budding, in Blooming, in Withering2017. PhotoHong Cheolki

Luo Jr-shin, Snails (not included), 2019. Installation view. PhotoChien-wen Lin

Luo Jr-shin, in Budding, in Blooming, in Withering, 2017. Photo: Hong Cheolki

Luo Jr-shin, Snails (not included), 2019. Installation view. Photo: Chien-wen Lin

Luo Jr-shin, Terrarium, 2019. PhotoJaan Yuan Kuo

Luo Jr-shin, Terrarium, 2019. Photo: Jaan Yuan Kuo

Luo Jr-shin, in Budding, in Blooming, in Withering2017. PhotoHong Cheolki

Luo Jr-shin (b. 1984, Miaoli, Taiwan) lives and works in Taipei. Luo’s practice revolves around the experimentation of a variety of traditional and unconventional materials. Ranging from clay, resin, metal and everyday objects to food, chemicals and scent, he investigates the underlying spirituality and human condition in our representational world. Interested in the framework and modes of production from which our cognitive experiences arise, Luo is known for capturing and amplifying the absurdity within precarious, illusionary, and sometimes delusionary moments of everyday life. Recent exhibitions include National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2020); MoCA Taipei, Taipei (2019); ACC, Gwangju (2017); Times Museum, Guangzhou (2017); and Queens Museum, New York (2013).

Project Description

Luo Jr-shin presents a site-specific installation titled Like a filter, matters passed through you and became a part of you (2021) at The Lewis’s Building. As a continuation of his previous project Like a Urinal in a Nightclub, From Some Golden Liquid Turning into Another (2018), Luo’s set is a nightclub toilet – which is treated as a metaphorical facilitator for material transformation. Like a closed circuit, the installation shifts between a toilet and a nightclub, highlighting the cyclical drinking-urinating behavior of the human body. Surrogate fluid made from ingredients found in beer coats the floor in the space – a familiar sensation underfoot for clubgoers, which transports the visitor to a certain mood, place or time. Luo’s work also highlights the fluidity of a nightclub toilet in terms of its ambiguity of public and private space, and the exchanging of substance and information – as well as its rigidness in reinforcing binary gender norms.

Supported by Ministry of Culture Taiwan (Republic of China).

The above images are a taster of what’s in store for our LB2021 exhibitions – which are now open! Plan your visit here.