YIRI ARTS 伊日藝術計劃

Chen Yun 陳雲

Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart’s desire. —— John Dewey (1859-1952)

Chen Yun’s works depict that which is both abstract and figurative, in the style of a montage. Past memories and dreams are things experienced before, yet their true existence is utterly improvable. In addition to capturing her own faraway memories, Chen’s works are an attempt to awaken the viewer’s own perception.

In her low-key style, viewers may find it difficult to read the figures clearly, yet there is the high degree of emotional concentration is clearly conveyed. In her words, it is as if you dream of someone, and while you cannot see clearly, your conscious knows exactly who it is.

There is a distinguishing feature to her works, which is that they are generally comprised of two to three works pieced together, exploring a new visual space expanding upward. Her carefully composed works are like poetry, hiding limited clues of space and reality, like a fixed-focus scene, the close-up of a hand, the silhouette of a woman, a microscopic view, or the image of a symbol, allowing viewers to piece together the work themselves. She is like a guide swinging a dim lantern, leading us into the depths of consciousness.

Chen is a faithful creator, a practical and hardworking person – picking out and removing key moments in everyday life with the expert precision of a surgeon, grinding and reconstituting them into works that appear new, yet also familiar and close to the viewer’s heart. In reading her works, there is never a sense of unfamiliarity – rather, it is as if our memories and dreams have been dug up from the deep, and given a new life.

時間與記憶是真正的藝術家;他們重塑現實更接近內心的渴望。——約翰‧杜威  (1859-1952)

陳雲,將記憶具象化的藝術家,其作品大多數在描繪那些同時是抽象且具象的,必須利用蒙太奇的敘事去捕捉的。過去的記憶、和夢境中的體驗,都是自我曾經經歷過,卻無論如何都無法證明是真實的存在。而陳雲的創作,即是捕捉自己遙遠的記憶,也試圖喚醒觀者感知的總和。

在陳雲刻意的低限描繪中,雖然觀者無法清楚閱讀那些身影,卻傳達了高度的情感濃度。陳雲說,就像是你夢見一個人影,在夢境中你雖然看不見他的模樣,意識卻能清楚地知道他是誰。

陳雲的畫作有個特色,大多是以二到三幅組件的方式拼接而成,探索視覺心理、與向度上的衝擊。而她精心規劃的構圖,像是一首詩作,隱藏了現實與時空,僅留下一些有限的線索,像是定焦的場景、手的特寫、女人的背影,和微觀的物件或符號的畫面,讓觀者自行拼接組合獨立閱讀。陳雲像是一個領路人,打著微弱的光帶領觀者走入記憶深處。

陳雲是一位忠實的創作者、勤力踏實的生活者,像外科醫生一般不著痕跡的開刀取出寄生於日常的記憶刺點,重新淘選琢磨成一幅幅看似嶄新,同時又與觀者的心非常靠近的畫作。閱讀陳雲的作品,我們從不感到陌生,反而像是將我們人生的回憶與夢境,從深處取出又重新活了過來。

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