非_存在 Beyond Existence｜2018.12.23 ~ 2019.1.27
藝術家座談會：2018.12.23 3-4.30pm RSVP
「存在先於本質」(Existence Precedes Essence)。
尚—保羅．沙特 (Jean-Paul Sartre)
"Existence precedes essence." Jean-Paul Sartre
In all times, humanity have been wondering on what shall rely its essence, its inner nature. According to Jean-Paul Sartre, there is no such thing as human nature. Human beings exist, and by their existence, they find their essence and defined themselves. Existence precedes essence in the sense that we have to invent ourselves, by our choices and actions, it is what makes us free. Therefore, our essence is formed by a multitude of concrete experiences such as: vision, language, memory, perception, emotion, etc.
Among them, vision has a singular importance, in that it provides us the experience of beauty and art. Thus, reinventing our visual senses, playing with the seen and the unseen, has been a universal and fundamental obsession among artists. In this exhibition, artists have been challenged to provide such experience with the absence of vision. With their own diversity of mediums and concepts, they guide us toward a new way of experiencing art, mainly by using a different variety of corporal senses. Words, lines, colors, shapes and textures are to be seen with touch or hearing.
With the installation "Self Portrait", Niu Jun-Qiang (牛俊強) attempts to define himself by endorsing the eye of “the other”, he looks at himself from a stranger’s point of view. By using Braille, he transforms language into a visual and physical experience. Words are given an olfactory and tactile existence through the material media. Sentences are shaped by the texture of the installation, giving them an independent life and history. This artwork mainly conveys the foundational experience of the loss of vision. The artist projects his own emotions facing the difficulty to interpret color and space. He invites us to overcome the anxiety and explore his invisible but yet tangible imaginary world.
Chen Wen-Rou (陳雯柔) sees perception not as a passive body sense but rather an active decision, a self-opening to the world surrounding us. The landscapes she depicts seem to embrace the variability of time and space, she goes back to the primitive human beings living on lakes, icebergs, rock faces, and land. This spiritual world can be observed through non-visual body perception, such as the speed of resonance. She is deeply inspired by the language model of whales and dolphins, as well as ancient tribe rituals. Her artworks appear as unreal visions full of poetry, which she considers as a primary language pathology.