是否有一種繪畫可以接近巴哈（Johann Sebastian Bach）的無伴奏組曲（unaccompanied suites），一個人、一個聲部、不需伴奏，在同一個旋律蘊含著各聲部與和聲，創造精彩的對位；又或是比擬賦格：那些生活中在意的情緒、思緒、感觸，在每一次創作中，雖然反覆提及卻又有變化，宛如主題與答題之間彼此追逐而產生張力？是否，能夠想像著作品彷彿散發著低鳴的聲音，相似森林裡的漆黑，神秘且無以名狀；又或是似乎發出了物體被細微摩擦的聲響，低調而凝鍊，宛若無人的夏日午後被風揚起的窗簾。是否，觀者有可能再以此感知與聯想進入繪畫？
Is there any type of painting that can come near to Johan Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites, with only one unaccompanied individual, one musical voice, and one melody increasingly enriched by a range of musical voices and harmonies that demonstrate a superb mastery of counterpoint? Is there a type of painting that can be compared to the musical technique of fugue, in the sense that all the feelings, thoughts, and sentiments concerned in everyday life, though repeated in every creation, carry nuanced maneuvers and correspond to one another, like a theme and its varying responses that produce gradually escalating intensity? Could we maybe imagine works of art to be making low yet resonating sounds, like the mysterious and indescribable pitch blackness of a forest? Or, maybe these sounds are subtle friction sounds coming from an object being ever so softly rubbed against – understated and refined – like window curtains dancing gently with summer breeze in an afternoon without any people in sight. Is it possible for a spectator to re-immerse him/herself through such perceptions and associations?
Most contemporary art creations engage in different issues, and focus on effective practice, strategic deployment, connection with cultural system and history, and the mechanism of art production. However, there are still some other forms of artistic creation that concentrate on the inner life experiences of individuals and their interconnections with the created works. Among the latter, some works appear gloomy and reserved, expressing intentions and emotions in a prominent yet reticent manner. Some look unadorned but convey the meaning of “being in the now.” In the tumultuous and complicated contemporary life, this type of art creations could offer a possibility for the audience to calm their minds, recover from tensed emotions, and enable them to once again gaze into art, and pause in front of artworks, allowing the works to take the visual lead and help the audience navigate the vastness of their own life experiences through association to awaken their keen senses and become aware of the inner realm and the external world.
Featured in this exhibition, the works of Wang Tzu-yun and Wang Tung-shuo reveal their thorough exploration of emotions. Lai Chi-man and Huang Shun-hsing are distinctly informed by Eastern philosophies. Although the creative core of the four artists differs greatly, their works all vividly exude the aforementioned tendency and characteristics. Nevertheless, in addition to the qualities of their works, it is noticeable that they also share a high degree of attention to the nature and essence of their chosen material, as they believe that uncomplicated physical effects (i.e., pigments depositing in water; layering of glazing; scraping off wears and tears) and a restrained degree of intervention allow the material to display a natural shine and simple qualities. Finally, Richard Lin’s work is shown to highlight its tranquil air of Zen and minimalist expression as a definitive conclusion to the exhibition.
“Landscape” is a thematic context that the Tainan Art Museum has been consistently developing. The Subtle Resonance of Shanshui: Re-immersing in Painting aims to provide the audience with an introspective, inconspicuous, and uncomplicated choice in the midst of the hustles and bustles of modern life and the mesmerizing forms of contemporary art, which unfolds how the artists have continuously explored and contemplated on their inner landscape and the internal shanshui visualized by them.
Artist: Wang Tzu-yun, Wang Tung-shuo, Richard Lin Show-yu, Huang Shun-hsing, Lai Chi-Man
Supervisor: Tainan City Government
Organizer: Tainan Art Museum
Special thanks: Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Main Trend Gallery,Ke-Yuan Gallery, Cornerstone Gallery, Hsiao Chin Art Foundation
Curator: Chuang Tong-chiao
日期｜2023/05/02 ~ 2023/08/27