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56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia 第56屆威尼斯藝術雙年展


The Question of Beings  

Collateral Event 平行展    |    Solo Exhibition of Yahon Chang 張耀煌 個展

Venue                           Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà, Castello 3701, Venezia

Preview period             6th – 8th May 2015  |  10 am – 7 pm

Running period            9th May 2015 22nd November 2015  |  10 am – 6 pm (closed on Mondays)

 

In this year’s Collateral Event at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Yahon Chang investigates the theme of “The Question of Beings” at the Istituto Santa Maria Della Pietà, where he has created a site-specific exhibition featuring a series of new paintings and mixed media installations that explore the conscious and subconscious natures of individuals. With these new works, Chang questions the diversity and complexity of living beings in an effort to delve into the likenesses and differences between the recesses of human and animal instinct.

Yahon Chang has reflected upon his life experiences by employing a mode of meditative style portraiture that resonates with his feelings of rejection, struggle, acceptance and love in this world. These portraits of sentient beings, while offering a variety of subject matter, present a cohesion through the singularity of their compositional style. Implying a spiritual connection to the tradition of Chinese shrines, they evoke a feeling of commemoration for those situated in the past, present and future, while simultaneously encompassing their greatness and mediocrity, achievements and failures, …etc.

Chang has amalgamated the aesthetics of calligraphy with expressive lines to depict a multitude of faces portraying the holy, mundane and animalistic aspects of countenance. The multiplicity of faces fills the entirety of the exhibition space, creating an interactive environment that allows the audience to enter a world akin to an “alternative Facebook”. This interactive environment invites the viewer to contemplate the nature of sentient beings, while questioning the meaning of their own identity.

In the exhibition, the stained glass windows incorporate portraits from his Sentient Beings series that acts as a form of commemoration or sanctification that is in dialogue with the sacred setting at the Santa Maria della Pietà cathedral nearby. The daylight permeates through the stained glass windows enhancing ones interactive experience in the space, thus transforming the exhibition space into a sanctified-like environment that allows the viewer to cement themselves with contemplation while observing the natural changes of light that interact within the exhibition space itself. 

Written by J.J. Shih and Francise Chang

 

地點      聖瑪亞聖殤學院  Castello區 3701 號  威尼斯

預展期    201556 - 8| 上午10 - 晚上7

展期      201559 - 1122| 上午10 - 下午6(逢星期一休息)

本屆威尼斯雙年展的平行展,張耀煌以「蒼生問」為個展主題,針對聖瑪莉亞聖殤學院的展場,量身打造了一系列全新的畫作和混合媒材裝置 (site-specific exhibition)就創作概念言,本展從探索個人生命的意識和潛意識出發針對眾生的多樣/複雜進行提問,並挖掘人類本質與動物性的同異

多年來,張耀煌透過一種冥想式的人像畫反映自我的人生,涵納他在這個世界上所遭遇和經歷的拒絕、掙扎、接受和愛;這些人像畫多樣的內容和固定的構圖,隱約和中國神龕的傳統保有一種精神關聯,彷彿紀念著那些存在於過去、現在和未來的人們,包括偉大和平凡的、成就和失敗的…。 

張耀煌融合書法美學與表現性線條,畫出指涉神聖、世俗、獸性的各種頭/面相,其佈滿整個展場空間進而將展場營造成一個互動場域---讓人們進入另一種「臉書」的世界,藉此觀想眾生,同時自我設問和尋答。 

展覽當中,彩色玻璃花窗結合了藝術家眾生相系列的畫像,作為一種對白中的紀念或神聖化,而近旁的慈悲聖母院教堂則為神聖的背景。日光穿透彩色玻璃花窗,強化著觀者於展場中的互動經驗;從而,將展場空間轉化為一神聖化的環境,讓觀者觀看光線在展場自然變化的互動時,能接合自身於靜觀的沉思之中。

石瑞仁 / 張馨文

Earlier Event: September 11
Face to Face 面對面
Later Event: February 5
Emerging Presence 湧現不止的存在