Stillness | 2020.9.26 — 12.12
陳雲 Chen Yun 劉子瑜 Christina Liu 李依耘 Lino Lee 温孟瑜 Wen Meng-Yu
𝐶𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑜𝑟 Jenny Lee 李晏禎
- TAO ART 台北市內湖區洲子街79-1號8樓 8F, No.79-1, Zhouzi St., Neihu Dist., Taipei
TUE. - SAT. → 11AM - 7PM SUN. - MON. → CLOSED
TAO ART 即將在9月26日至12月12日呈現群展《Stillness》，由具多重身份的獨立策展人 Jenny Lee（李晏禎）策劃，帶來四位女性藝術家⸺ 陳雲、温孟瑜、劉子瑜（Christina Liu）、李依耘（Lino Lee）的最新創作。在這次的展覽裡，除了有熟悉的繪畫創作外，也包含陶瓷地景雕塑，以及紙屋裝置，能看見藝術家如何藉由各自的藝術實踐，自我產生對話，打破現有的和諧，來抵禦快速變遷的外在世界，尋求新平衡的新課題。
策展人 Jenny Lee 有感於不預期的新冠肺炎，帶給我們前所未有的變化，像是距離衡量、遠近、疏離、親密的方式等，間接地突破了對於過往習性的依循。她在這四位女性藝術家的創作裡發現，她們都各自不斷地藉由記憶、拼貼、夢境、設計、重組、勞動透過媒材來實踐與處理她們在當下社會連結過去、而這些週而復始的創作旅程，似乎反應了自身對於生命追尋的解構性理想，也映照了當下世界摸不著邊際的變遷。
無獨有偶，劉子瑜和李依耘來自多元的成長背景和跨文化的交融，皆由展現創意的生活方式，分別藉由陶瓷和紙這兩種實用的媒材，緩緩進入藝術的領域。成長於加州的劉子瑜，是「Christina Liu Cer amics」的創辦人，是許多星級餐廳採用的食器，曾念過商業經濟和法語，後來遠赴倫敦皇家藝術學院（Royal College of A rt）學習陶瓷藝術；李依耘廣為人知的身份則是「鳳嬌催化室」的品牌總監，許多創意人對紙的多元呈現手法，皆出自她的團隊。她成長於澳洲，生物學的背景曾以醫生作為生涯的發展，但毅然決然返台，延續家族三代對於「紙」的歷史傳承，為紙找尋創意的可能性。
對 Jenny 來說，這四位，背景和成長不盡相同的女性藝術家在面對當下的挑戰與克服人生未知的旅途上，都在找尋一種整體的和諧。在做自己、追尋與實踐自己的過程當中淬鍊出面對世界與實現自己價值的自信。她表示：「尤其在這個特殊的時間點上，她們將自己的生命歷程用作品封裝起來，以最純粹的方式擷取保存在創作中的時間切片，捕捉當下靜置為永恆。」
秉持著 TAO AR T 的宗旨，創辦人 Vicky Chen（陳薇捷）不斷的尋找嶄新的可能性，希冀帶給超越傳統藝術空間的限制，讓不同形式的藝術和創意都能在空間成形。這次特地邀請 Jenny 來策劃展覽，就是希望能藉由策展人多重身份的轉變和轉換，為藝術找尋更多悸動的連結。像是Jenny 目前擔任 Art Basel（瑞士巴塞爾藝術展會）的台灣貴賓代表，為藝術家、收藏家、畫廊製造與藝術的關係，就如同梳理藝術家，找尋有意義的呈現和連結。
TAO ART will soon present group exhibition “Stillness” from September 26 to December 12. The exhibition is curated by the multi-talented independent curator Jenny Lee and features the latest works by four female artists—Chen Yun, Wen Meng-Yu, Christina Liu, and Lino Lee. In addition to the more commonly seen paintings, this exhibition also includes ceramic landscape sculptures and a paper installation. Visitors will be able to see how the artist pursue of a new balance by developing a dialogue between self and their inner sense through their respective artistic practices and breaking the existing harmony to adapt resist the rapidly changing external world.
Curator Jenny Lee reflects on the unexpected outbreak of COVID-19, which has brought people unprecedented changes and affected our sense of how we measure distance and relationship. People no longer rely on the past ways of life and have indirectly broken away from old habits and reconsidered a new attitude toward life. In the works of these four female artists, they utilize various mediums to process their personal declaration in the pursuit of connection with the past while facing the future and searching balance in the present society.
Inner Landscapes Displayed through Brushstrokes
Chen Yun and Wen Meng-Yu both have had extensive training in art. They both graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts and showed great promises as students. They have also been recognized in the art scene as they are both artists adept at presenting their own scenarios of unique visual narratives by capturing delicate emotions through the paintbrush. Chen Yun’s delicate and smooth paintings seem to freeze time at a certain moment without past nor future, like a never-ending story, which is converted into an indescribable sense of loss or regret that firmly yet faintly fills the works. e temporary tranquility in the paintings offers a resting spot; Wen Meng-Yu uses collages of objects, curtain, furniture, and plants, to design a living space that also resembles a resort hotel, or a familiar yet unknown scene. The neat space and lines, unique perspective, and deliberately created overlapping of real and virtual elements construct the artist’s private yet empty space that is a meeting point of the minds and spirits of the artist and viewers.
Journey of Art that Begins from Materials
Coincidentally, both Christina Liu and Lino Lee come from diverse backgrounds with intercultural experiences. Through lifestyles that showcase creativity, they have both slowly ventured into the world of art using two practical materials, ceramic and paper. Christina Liu grew up in California, and is the founder of “Christina Liu Ceramics,” producing tableware for many Michelin-starred restaurants. She studied Business Economics, and French, and later went to Royal College of Art to study ceramic art; Lino Lee the brand director of “Fenko Catalysis Chamber,” and her team is the creative mastermind behind many diverse presentations of paper. She grew up in Australia. She has a background in biochemistry and anatomy. However, she resolutely decided to return to Taiwan to answer her calling of carrying on the family legacy on “paper” and take on the challenge of exploring possibilities of greater diversity for the medium.
To Christina Liu and Lino Lee, this exhibition is their rst ne-art oriented exhibition. Christina Liu abstractly converts the imagery of changing shadows of mountain landscapes, resulted from layered in clouds and mist, into ceramic tubes of different heights with natural color gradients, capturing a certain instant in the process of viewing and turning it into eternal scenery. The repeated labor in the creative process resembles a certain ritual through which she digests and internalizes the disturbances of the outer world. Lino Lee creates a three-dimensional independent space, allowing viewers to explore the forgotten dimension and space beyond tangibility between the virtual and the real. In the monochromic and quiet space, viewers can strip away noises and let their guards down, to converse with self in an undisturbed space.
Distilling into Eternity through the Purest Way
To Jenny, these four female artists look for an overall harmony as they face current challenges and overcome uncertainties in the journey of life. A confidence in facing the world and realizing one’s own value is rened through their creative practices. “At this special point in time, they package and seal their life journeys in their works, and extract and preserve through the purest ways a section of time in their creations, capturing the present and distilling it into eternity,” said Jenny.
Adhering to the philosophy of TAO ART, Founder Vicky Chen constantly searches for new possibilities, hoping to transcend the limitations of traditional art space, and enable different forms of art and creativity to take shape in the space. is time around, Vicky invites Jenny to curate the exhibition, and hopes to discover art from a more diverse perspective through the curator’s multiple identities. Jenny is now Art Basel’s VIP representative of Taiwan, building relationships for artists, collectors, and galleries. And this time, she is combing through
artists to find meaningful presentations and connections.
All photos by TAO ART