An Te Liu’s sculptures are coy compositions that appear strikingly familiar yet distant. Their seemingly unplaceable quality originates from their humble origins as packaging and found objects. The forms are carvings, mutations, and amalgamations of the protective layers that surround consumer goods. Liu’s works occupy a conceptual space between definitions. Their chimeric quality allows them to be atemporal and coquettish— waltzing between opposing reads. A Pulcinella of sculpture, the works proffer multitudes of identities willfully embodying a paradox.
An Te Liu (b. 1967, Tainan, Taiwan) received his Masters in Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles and his BA in Art History University of Toronto. Working predominantly within sculpture and installation, Liu’s work has been exhibited in venues including the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, the EVA International Biennial of Ireland, the Venice Biennale of Architecture, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His works are included in the permanent collections of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Canada and The Art Gallery of Ontario. Liu lives and works in Toronto, Canada.