Face to Face Series (2011)
Project with MOCA Taipei – Window Paintings: Face to Face
Yahon Chang believes that a person’s face and gaze are critical for the first impression he or she makes. Therefore, he has chosen to use gaze and expression as his creative focus. He combines unrestrained calligraphic lines of the East and the daring colors of Western Fauvism to depict the multi-layers of modern day people’s mixed emotions of joy, anger, sadness, and bliss. At the same time, out of the total of 64 artworks in this series, the artist has intentionally incorporated a few faces with animalistic appearances. These works are symbolic of human behaviors, such as desire, love, rivalry, and contemplation. They are also subtle indications of certain aspects of people’s internal beings.
Sculptures—「Face to Face—Fang Yuang」
Oftentimes, people’s characteristics are tough like Iron; therefore, Yahon Chang has especially selected Iron as the medium to create art with. He has taken the faces from his paintings of wild unrestrained Chinese calligraphic style and carved them on solid or hallow metal sheets. The liberating ink splatter textures and also the powerful impacts of large paintings are emitted. By incorporating Eastern smoothness in the flow of the lines onto metal, it is demonstrated that even such a hard and rigid material as metal could be utilised in a way to represent various layers with fluid curves and shapes. The collection’s central theme is based on the “Face”, and it is composed of two subcategories of “Human Faces” and “Animal Faces”, and these are sculpted metal pieces of various sizes and placed on the outdoor plaza of MOCA Taipei. These contemporary artworks are great contrasts with the century-old cultural heritage site of the museum.