Annual Production: Untitled
Curators: Wu Chi-Tsung, Hung Fei Wu, Huang Wei-Lun, Zoe Yeh
Attending artists: Kao Ya-Ting, Kuo I-Chen, Tsai Yi-Ju, Cheng Chun-Tien, Shih Yen-Chun, Wang Sean, Jasmine Cheng, Hung Shih-Cheng, Chu Chun-Teng, Ke Liang-Chih, Tim Budden
相關活動 Related activities：
16:30 空場式瑜伽大會 presented by 楊詩吟
Open space yoga assembly presented by Victori Shin Yang
19:00 台灣史晚餐會 presented by Elia Nurvista (with assistance from Khairunnisa and Gatari Surya)
Feast on the Evolution of Taiwan presented by Elia Nurvista (with assistance from Khairunnisa and Gatari Surya)
Echoing the 2016 Taipei Biennial with the themes of “Perform the Archive" and “Cultural Paradigm Shift", Polymer Art Space will take a local perspective to re-organize their own experiences in the context of geography and history, and propose the topic of Taiwan/art space as a consideration of space and time for discussion, with the terms of the topic as the basis of inspiration. On one hand engaging in reflection on the politics of the written “official history", while also expanding the definition of “archives" itself. When the right of interpretations of archives becomes open to the public, creators begin to reflect on the reference points of their individual life histories, and redefine their own relationship with their environment. In this exhibition, “art space" and “Taiwan" will serve as the starting points, with the geography of one’s own environment as the setting, and the historical development of the island as the axis, to draw individual creative themes from. Through the divergence of different themes and the unfocused nature of these themes, a random sample is generated which can be used to manifest a historical interpretation belonging to the current era.
特別活動介紹 Special Events Information：
空場式瑜珈大會 Open space style yoga assembly
Through her interactions with the artists for the past six months every Wednesday of the week during the yoga classes she holds at Polymer Art Space, Mystery Life Yoga coach Victori Shin Yang has not only given new life to the cold-tone of the industrial style setting and the previously rough, unkept space, she has also been able to further increase the level of her understanding of her mind and body. This yoga assembly will take the axes of the body and through the rhythmic movement of the body and have them traced them onto a piece of white paper. Close your eyes and focus your spirit on the body, allow every inch of your skin and muscles to become a performance media.
台灣史晚餐會 Feast on the Evolution of Taiwan
Elia Nurvista is from Indonesia, and is a researcher who uses food as the starting point to extend to relevant cultural and social issues. She believes that food can not only be used to nurture historical discourse and international exchange, it can also serve as a medium for the discussion of deeper issues such as politics, society, art and culture. Elia is also a members of the Bakudapan, an artist collective whose members are all come from different backgrounds, including photographers, researchers, college students, businessmen, and artists. In collaboration with Polymer Art Space, Elia will present her project “Feast on Evolution of Taiwan" for this exhibition using a dinner banquet format. With assistance from Bakudapan member, Khairunnisa and Gatari Surya, they will engage in and provide an alternative interpretation and linear timeline of the different eras and ethnic groups which live together on the island of Taiwan.
作品介紹 Introduction of works：
洪司丞 Hung Shih-Cheng
Hung Shih-Cheng experienced the different teaching styles and educational systems of National Taiwan Normal University, National Taiwan University of Arts, and Taipei National University of the Arts as a one-time art student of all three, allows him to take the perspective of a student trying to absorb the different styles and philosophies of painting under different academic settings. Thereby capturing different painting teaching styles and interpreting the possibilities of painting in the modern day using the vision of the artist’s brain to create a microcosm of art in academy. In this exhibition, Hung Shih-Cheng sets off from the vantage of personal experience, and reflects on the development and evolutionary process of arts education in Taiwan.
王璽安 Wang Sean
In response to the theme of this exhibition, Wang Sean diverges from existing painting techniques and uses an archival format to present the archives written or collected from the early stages of the establishment of the Polymer Art Space, including operation plans, organizational structure documents and internal meeting records in a detailed stacked, multilayered structure. The audience will be able to get a glimpse of the original ideas and expectations of the artists involved in the early stages of operation, and see a comparison between the past and present manifested in the same space.
郭奕臣 Kuo I-Chen
Kuo I-Chen uses different types of mediums to create a unique vocabulary which is both poetic and provides situational learning. His piece focuses on the sense of belonging in the environment and the disappearing psychological state, then through the state of non-existence, he presents the exploration of the essence of life. In this way echoing with this exhibition’s reflections on archives, Kuo I-Chen’s artwork “brand" can be used as a reference point. Giving thought to the works of the artist, confronting the transformations of the artist’s artworks, rethinking the relationship created during one’s own creative journey with the audience and collectors. Serving as a view of the artist’s creative journey, while also ruminating the idea of the artwork developing into something independent of the artist.
施彥君 Shih Yen-Chun
Specializing in the use of different mediums and creative forms to test and measure the relation between self, space and objects, the artist takes the intangibility of emotions, memories, and desires and expresses them through the act of artistic creation. For this exhibition, Shih Yen-Chun uses the experiences of her past two years at Polymer Art Space as the blueprint for a model which demonstrates the “non-existence" of parallel time, while also taking the opportunity to re-examine the relationship created between herself and the Polymer Art Space.
蔡宜儒 Tsai Yi-Ju
Tsai Yi-Ju uses bold direct strokes with rich strong colors to sketch out a deeply impressive piece. Tsai Yi-Ju who previously used potted plants as the theme of his works, began instead to use animals as the subjects of his work as seen in his work “The Animal Awakens" during last year’s exhibition. Through the brush he presents a reflection of human behavior and expresses concern for animals. He takes it one step further in this exhibition and sets off from the experiences of his daily life, confronted by the increasingly hotter summers each year and the increasingly dramatic consequences of climate change to reflect on the consequences of development for the sake of economic growth. Warm colors are used to create forms in the shape of animals, creating a visual manifestation of temperature.
鄭君殿 Cheng Chun-Tien
Cheng Chun-Tien uses simple and unadulterated “colored lines" as the units of his paintings. By staggering the lines of colored pencil, he creates a new image style which abandons the filling in of space, and is his most representative creative style. For this exhibition he presents a new piece titled “Bluemink flower", which follows with his creative style of using different lighting to depict a plant which arrived in Taiwan from Central America during the Japanese colonial era. After Taiwan re-gained its independence, the plant gradually made its way from greenhouses into Taiwanese society, inadvertently serving as a record of a period of Taiwanese history. The reality of the invasion of a foreign species was overlooked on behalf of its lovely appearance, and become a common appearance in the works of Taiwanese artists, to even become a part of childhood memories. Thus gently lifting the pages of a turbulent history to become a slice of the state of modern day life.
鄭柏潔 Jasmine Cheng
Traveling across the island is an activity which takes up the majority of Jasmine Cheng’s free time, is is also something she does as a way of examining Taiwan’s land. Everytime she goes on a trip around the the island, she makes a special effort to photograph the different views of the mountains and the sea as seen from different towns. In this way she has accumulated her own environmental archive. For this exhibition, she will select photographs of the sea level taken from North Shore (Taiwan’s northernmost tip), Hualien, Taitung, Kenting (Taiwan’s southernmost tip), Tainan and Miaoli to be displayed in a circular layout to present the appearance and reality of Taiwan as an island nation.
高雅婷 Kao Ya-Ting
Her works are composed primarily through the depictions of multiple paths which serve as a map of her thoughts on her own faith and historical identity. The search for a connection between self and the generations before and after her, are presented using drawings, video recordings, installations and sound. In recent years, vintage images, news, video recordings, family photos and so on have been used as creative elements. Using the paper mulberry tree native to Taiwan as a vehicle of inspiration by extracting the oils of paper mulberry trees and releasing the aroma during the exhibition. This formless and colorless work reflects the indifference the general public has for “native Taiwanese species" in their everyday lives, and provides a chance for a rethinking of the adaptability of species on the island.
朱駿騰 Chu Chun-Teng
The work “Taiwan Taiwan" was created on the centennial of the nation. The two videos were recorded separately. The actors are not given their lines until right before the camera starts shooting. The final work is presented as one hundred minutes of impromptu performances. The actors and actresses in the video are attempting to interpret “Taiwan" through different emotions and motions using their own pre-existing perceptions. After the two videos are played side by side, the relation between the responses of the actors and actresses and their preconceived notions becomes apparent. After the switching of power of political parties in 2016, this work continues to express the imaginations and anxieties of the public towards the current state of the nation.
柯良志 Ke Liang-Chih
The majority of his creations achieve the observations and realizations from the artist’s memories of growing up and daily life. Regardless of whether they’re childhood memories, memories as a student, to memories of work, travels, or the running of everyday errands, all of these are subjects of his works. The artist created a piece titled “Beitou Story" specially for this exhibition. This work explores the eight years of his life working in Beitou, and pairs objects with calligraphy to create a microcosm of his own life. This process may draw from the individual self, or local culture, the artist’s living environment, or historical background to engage in a reflection of the vocabulary used throughout his creative career, thus further taking the present into consideration.
Tim Budden is a British artist who uses paper cutting art to express his experiences from his life in England as well as his assimilation into Taiwanese society. The differences between Eastern and Western cultural backgrounds highlight the topics of identity and existence in his work. His current creative style combines drawing and carving into a two-step process. Some of his works first require the composition of a detailed layout, whilst other works are the results of improvisation from a spurt of inspiration. His works often use butterflies and children to symbolize the unfettered freedom of action and thought, while at the same time symbolizing a connection between self and the land.
The above events are all free to enter, but spots are limited. Please call our offices at the Polymer Art Space or visit our Facebook page to register.