Jawshing Arthur Liou is an artist with a background in photography, digital media, film, and journalism. His recent projects include a pilgrimage in the sacred mountains in Tibet, a journey through the tsunami-ravaged coastline of Japan, and a cinematic collaboration with a brain scientist regarding the connection between endocannabinoids and memory. Liou works with lens-based materials and electronic imaging to create installations depicting mental and surreal spaces. Many of his videos do not contain clear narratives but are meditative in nature, allowing time to slow to a ruminative pace while spatial scales oscillate between the microcosmic and infinitely expansive. Using sources ranging from landscapes and oil paint to human body, much of Liou’s work is related to notions of impermanence, human tragedy, and spiritual sanctuary.
Liou was born in Zhongli, Taiwan in 1968. He received a BA in Journalism at the National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan in 1990 and worked as a video journalist before emigrating to the United States at the age of 25. He pursued a study in Fine Arts and received an MFA in Photography and Electronic Intermedia from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1998. He was selected as a member of the 1997 National Graduate Seminar in American Photography Institution in New York. While in Florida, Liou studied photography with the renowned surrealist Jerry Uelsmann and Evon Streetman. During this time Liou’s work became more personal and conceptual, and his practice expanded to incorporate video. Liou has been a faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington since 1999. He is currently the Associate Dean and Herman B. Wells Professor of Digital Art at the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design.
Liou has participated in many important exhibitions, festivals and biennials, including: “The world began without the human race and it will end without it”, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taichung (TW, 2021), “House of the Singing Winds”, Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Bloomington (US, 2020); “Rituals of Signs and Metamorphosis”, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing (CN, 2019); “Scared Spaces: The Road To…”, the Rubin Museum of Art, New York City (US, 2018); “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now”, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis (US, 2016); The 12th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (UAE, 2015); SeMA Biennale Mediacity, Seoul (KR, 2014); “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now”, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas (US, 2014); “TRUE COLORS”, the 6th Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (JP, 2014), “Sacred Sojourn”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TW, 2014), “Sonnet 27”, SiTE:LAB, Grand Rapids, Michigan (US, 2013).
June 11 – July 16, 2022
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
October 23, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art
August 27, 2020 – July 4, 2021