The And, Never End (在視而不見的背後，本質，就在那裡) is a new series of drawings by Taiwan-born, London-based illustrator and multi-media artist Page Tsou (鄒駿昇). Tsou’s detailed pencil-on-paper drawings reverse the traditional idea of portraiture by depicting the back of the subject’s head.
■ Agora Art Project X Space (藝譔堂), 104, Ln 155, Dunhua N Rd, Taipei City (台北市敦化北路155巷104號), tel: (02) 8712-0178. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11am to 7pm
■ Until Sept. 4
Petject (小動物主體), a portmanteau of pet and project, is a series of photographs by five artists that depict animals, both real and imagined, in a variety of situations meant to reveal the conceptual ideas of the artists who photographed them.
■ Fotoaura Institute of Photography (海馬迴光畫館), 2F, 83, Chenggong Rd, Greater Tainan (台南市成功路83號2樓), tel: (06) 200-8856. Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 1pm to 8pm
■ Until Aug. 14
Close Encounter (遇見) is a group exhibit of video installation, photography and sculpture by Kuo I-chen (郭奕臣) and Japanese artists Nobuaki Onishi and Ken Matsubara. Kuo, who represented Taiwan at the 51st Venice Biennale, creates videos that examine themes of insecurity and alienation. Nobuaki, winner of the 2007 Asunaro Prize, makes Nobuaki’s resin sculptures of everyday objects — a woman’s shoe, a strand of barbed wire, a light bulb — that appear both tangible and abstract. Matsubara’s photographs recall Japan’s experience of nuclear war at the end of World War II.
■ Aki Gallery (也趣畫廊), 141 Minzu W Rd, Taipei City (台北市民族西路141號), tel: (02) 2599-1171. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from noon to 6:30pm
■ Until Aug. 8
Ultra Combos (參式) consists of artwork by the five-man multimedia collective that goes by the same name as the show title. The exhibition draws on video games as the basis for the work, which is presented as an interactive art installation resembling an arcade.
■ Digital Arts Center (台北數位藝術中心), 180 Fuhua Rd, Taipei City (台北市福華路180號), tel: (02) 7736-0708. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm
■ Until Sunday
JUICY X juicy is a solo exhibition by Hsieh Jia-wen (謝家雯). Constructed using colorful elastic cloth stockings, Hsieh’s large-scale semi-circle installation affixed to the wall at numerous points suggests both order and fragmentation.
■ IT Park Gallery (伊通公園), 41 Yitong St, Taipei City (台北市伊通街41號), tel: (02) 2507-7243. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 1pm to 10pm
■ Until Aug. 6