The Zhongshan Metro Mall is an interesting enough find in and of itself. A huge underground complex running along the Danshui (淡水) MRT line, the mall is mostly a dedicated space for shops to sell creative local and international fashion and other goodies. Maybe quite unexpectedly however, is the overwhelming display of local art throughout the mall. Street art and installations line the walls, nooks and crannies of the area, as well as a number of galleries displaying work by both local and international artists. With all of the options available, if you’re not sure where to look then Yo Gallery (悠畫廊) is a good place to start for a mix of street and modern art.
Using an array of different media to express personal concepts and aesthetics, artists of Yo Gallery aim to share their observations and experiences of daily life, making people aware the social issues or simply adding variety and flavor to the art world. Opened in May 2012, Yo Galleries’ first exhibition “NY Streetube” showed imports of famous street artists abroad. Since then, the gallery has regularly shown worldwide classic street-art works along side Taiwan’s underground street-style pieces in turn.
Yo Gallery is located at Zhongshan Metro Mall I, easily accessible from Zhongshan or Shuanglian MRT Stations. The gallery sits right in front of the official MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art ) store.
The open concept of Yo gallery is designed in a slightly more modern way than many traditional galleries. While lacking some of the refinement of other places, the black backgrounds and colorful pieces make for nice contrast and easy viewing. Add on top of that proper lighting and spacing and you get a very nice presentation each piece or collection, as well as an easy to navigate space.
Yo gallery is a unique art space in an equally unique area of Taipei, presenting modern concepts from around the word. International modern art and street art is quickly becoming more accessible than ever in Taipei, and with places like Yo Gallery, art appreciators can check it out without spending a dime.
For more info, check out the official Yo Gallery facebook page.