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路由艺术【佩塔.科因】自由生活路由艺术:【佩塔.科因】自由生活
    展期

    日期:2016-09-11 ~ 2016-11-06

    地点

    台北市中正区金山南路一段67巷5号1楼

      佩塔.科因(Petah Coyne)是纽约当代艺术重量级的雕塑家与摄影家,由于擅长选择创新且特殊的媒材,《Artforum》 月刊曾称其为「複合媒材皇后」。九零年代中期,科因开始在作品中放入动物标本剥製术,因此不难发现鸟类、水禽及小型动物等在她作品里的蹤迹,有些特意置放于显眼之处,有些则是深埋雕塑底层。

      科因喜爱阅读,从日本文学、但丁《神曲》、希腊罗马神话,到各种世界文化、各地自然环境、自身生活经验等,都是创作过程里的丰沛泉源。自天花板悬落而下、自地面衍生而出的大小雕塑,次次撞击媒材本身的既有意义与诠释,不间断的能量与生命力汨汨流出。那些必经的失落、阴暗与晦暗微光反覆出现,如同麻州MoCA馆长Joseph C. Thompson曾描述其作品为:「一个混浊的、受力量垄罩的世界,一个自表面升起而最终进入黑暗核心的世界」。

      「佩塔.科因:自由生活」取自哈金2007年出版的长篇小说《自由生活》。无论是其摄影作品里的飞驰僧侣、踏起裙摆的舞者新娘,抑或其延续经典的最新蜡雕雕塑,皆指向生命最为原始、最为深层的渴望—自由。在科因受到重要东方文学影响而创作的雕塑系列中,无题 #1421(哈金)是今年的最新作品。作品中心是由蜡细緻包覆的钢铁骨架,周围散落着蓝色与白色的蜡製花朵。因《国家地理》全球暖化纪录片而唤起灵感,三部份的钢铁结构,隐身质朴清新的层层白蜡之中,映照着三株冰冻却依然挺拔于雪白原野的树木图像。这件雕塑正是新生命自黑暗匍匐而出的美丽见证,同时也象徵着森林大火后嫩芽再发、且终将于雪地绽放的强韧生命力。

      如同艺术家签名标誌的手工浸蜡花,是科因向美国华人文学作家哈金献上如花束般的称颂与敬意。哈金于八零年代中期移民美国,儘管有着混乱不安的过往,仍奋力将纯洁而明朗的精神留于字里行间,而这也是科因如此喜爱其文学作品的原因。哈金作品里那些无述论于政治的人物,则是力图跨越不同文化间的隔阂,而作为一个艺术家的科因也是如此相信。对她而言,哈金简单的文字艺术风格,或许恰好如同雪地里的那些花束,拥有最难能可贵的纯洁与美丽。

      About the exhibition

      Petah Coyne is a New York-based contemporary sculptor and photographer. Referred to by Artforum as the “queen of mixed-media,” Coyne works in disparate and innovative materials. In the mid-1990s, Coyne began incorporating taxidermy into her practice. Birds, waterfowl and small animals can be seen throughout her works, some clearly visible, others deeply imbedded within the sculptures.

      Coyne derives her inspiration from equally diverse sources of literature and film, from Japanese authors, Dante’s Divine Comedy and Greek and Roman mythology, to world culture, the natural environment and the artist’s own personal biography. Best known for her large and small scale hanging sculptures and floor installations, Coyne’s practice of repurposing materials continually fuels her work, breathing new life into each object. Themes of loss, darkness and hidden beauty are recurring in her work, what Director of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Joseph C. Thompson stated as “a world of dense, enfolding forces, a world in which rising from the surface takes one inwards to some dark, ultimate center.”

      “Petah Coyne: A Freedom Life” originates from Ha Jin’ s novel, which entitled "A Free Life" and published in 2007. Whether the speeding monks and the women kicking up their skirts in the photography, or the latest classic waxed sculpture, all point to the most original and deep desire - freedom.Untitled #1421 (Ha Jin) is the latest hanging sculpture in a series of works based on key Eastern literary figures that have influenced Coyne’s oeuvre. The work’s central element is a delicately waxed steel armature, strewn with sprigs of blue and white wax flowers. Inspired by a National Geographic documentary on the effects of global warming, the three-part steel structure, layered in pristine white wax, mirrors an image of three frozen trees standing alone in a snowy field. A testament to the beauty of new life out of darkness, the sculpture symbolizes the emerging growth having survived a forest fire and now blooming through the snow.

      The artist’s signature hand-dipped wax flowers form a bouquet-like shape that acts as Coyne’s tribute to the noted Chinese-American author, Ha Jin that immigrated to America in the mid 1980s. Coyne appreciates Ha Jin’s masterful writing, an author who despite a turbulent past, strives for transparency and purity in his prose. Portraying politically agnostic characters throughout his works, Jin endeavors to transcend all cultural differences, and as an artist Coyne identifies with this. For her, Ha Jin’s simple artistic style possesses a purity and beauty, like a bouquet in the snow.

      Opening reception is at 14:00 on September 11 in NUNU FINE ART.
      展览将于 9 月 11 日(日/Sun.)14 : 00 路由艺术开幕,欢迎各位朋友莅临参观指教。

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