‘Horseman on the Roof’ group show is now open!
An idealistic revolutionary and an indomitably fearless soldier of noble character who had to go into exile for some time due to a duel. The journey home took him to Provence, unexpectedly he found the region ravaged by a cholera epidemic, in which one village spread to another, devastated and corpses all over the field. The lockdown, the isolation, the fear and the agonizing deaths of the victims.
The inhabitants of one village are convinced that someone is infecting their water deliberately. To escape the mob, he climbs onto the roof of a nearby building, where he is forced to spend the night, with a street tabby for company, as well as stumbles upon the leading actress of the story……
The Horseman on the Roof is a 1951 French novel by Jean Giono;
In 1995, it was made into a film of the same name. It is also the curatorial concept for an exhibition being organized in our gallery rooftop-space this year.
Just like flipping through a novel, you must read it chapter by chapter, slowly.
Or, like a jigsaw puzzle. The picture will not be complete until every piece appears in place. In this exhibition, the eight unique works will be revealed in the rooftop-space one by one.
You are welcome to walk up the stairs.
Enjoy the artwork from the character’s perspective.
It requires a bit of patience, but let the art reflect on your feelings.
The first artwork is by Wang Yu-Song who has built a miniature city by using empty styrofoam boxes, cement, bricks, grasses, and discarded wooden boards. The first version of this work was titled “Hills, Distribution Centers, Fishing Nets, Fish Cargo, Birds, Port” and exhibited at the KEELUNG CIAO 2020.
It is about dismantling, shifting, restructuring, and being reborn.
Hills, Distribution Centers, Fishing Nets, Fish Cargo, Birds, Port
動力裝置 Kinetic installation
尺寸依場地而異 Dimensions variable
<月球太空計劃> 試圖創造一個漫遊在太空與日常生活的裝置奇觀， 一個由現代生活的疏離狀態下拓展的幻想場景。
The second artwork is called ‘Out Space and Moon series‘ by Li Cheng-Liang.
“I was surrounded by stuff. Convenience made my life easier, and things accelerate. I had food instantly ready with the microwave. I had heat-tech for winter and cold-tech for summer. I lived in a standard concrete cube, watched TV, and surfed the internet. My time and space was squeezed and twisted by all kinds of transportation. My living style has changed in the past ten years. However, billions of people, just like me, feel nothing about this change. ”
“It seems that we were stopped by something and did not know what to do, or where to go. I might be stripped from where I belong by the repetition of daily life. My life was floating in a one-person galaxy. “
Outer Space and Moon Series attempts to build an installation where one wanders the quotidian and outer space, an imagination expanded from the isolation of contemporary life.
Out Space and Moon series
複合媒材空間裝置 Multimedia Spatial installation
尺寸依場地而異 Dimensions variable
The third artwork is called ‘House of Freedom’ by Hsiao Yu-Chih. This installation is a movable miniature house initially made by a dovecote factory in Tainan. With the specific hand-made technique and 9 bottom pulleys, ‘House of Freedom’ has travelled to different fields: from north to south, from west to east, and the artist aims to explore and experiment with more possibilities of architecture and space.
This is the 12th stop along his road trip on the island.
House of Freedom
日本檜木 Hinoki cypress
The fourth artwork is called ‘Freedom that 10 Meters Away‘ by Chen Sheng-Wen. Taking the iron factories surrounding the gallery as an inspiration, the bird cage located on its rooftop seems similar but in contrast with the urban-like environment.
The species raised in this space is called the ‘golden pheasant’, which is native to forests in the mountainous regions of western China, but the species has been exported to various countries following the 18th century, due to its unique appearance and ornamental value. Their living environment has been restricted from the boundless natural field to this tiny cage.
Have the constant changes and transformations altered the meaning of freedom? With the disappearance and rebirth of life in the cage, does freedom have a different way of interpreting it?
The artist used penetrating materials – gauzes, to represent the states of unwillingness and isolation.
At a distance of 10 meters, the artist attempted to rethink the relationship between inhuman life and us.
Freedom that 10 Meters Away
不鏽鋼紗網、鐵件、繡線 Steel gauze, scrap iron, thread
尺寸依場地而異 Dimensions variable
05／Horses Talk: Dii, Hai, O and other horse words
藝術家帶著錄音機於田野中騎著馬兜風。對於羅馬尼亞語不熟悉的前提下，菲力斯語馬之間的交流是透過聲音和手勢，而這種特殊的「馬語」溝通也就成為了他與在地的交流方式。以往人們與動物都是以自己的方式邏輯來了解彼此，但就在藝術家語馬之間的交流過程中發現，聲音的感知力更勝於文字或其他語言。作品<Horses Talk: Dii, Hai, O and other horse words>引導我們仔細聆聽人類與自然交織的語調、節奏與旋律。
In the small village of Benești, a few hours’ drive west of Bucharest, locals use horse-drawn carts to go to the fields. They return with freshly cut hay or sand from the riverbed. Coachmen talk to their horses in order to indicate which directions to follow and the appropriate speed. “Dii” to move forward, “Hai” to go faster, “O” to stop.
The artist invited himself with the microphones on board for a ride. Communication happen through sounds and gestures, which in his lack of understanding Romanian language turn horse talk into universal language. Each in their own manner, man and animal, seem to understand each other. Voice speaks beyond words, inviting us to listen to timbre, rhythms and melodies that intertwine as they are spoken.
From ancient times to the present, humans have struggled with crossing different ethnic groups. The artist converted the horse language and natural sounds into communication methods. While at the same time, questioning human language as a primary position of communication today.
Horses Talk: Dii, Hai, O and other horse words
Sound piece created during the SONIC FUTURE RESIDENCE organized by Asociația Jumătatea plină and SEMI SILENT to Conacul Otetelișanu, Vâlcea County, Romania in July 2018.
The relationship between human and objects in daily lives is not only functional. While interacting with objects, the artist always imagine about the existence of being a “human”. In this work, Hsieh Yu-Cheng reproduce the referee’s chair which with the view of power, not only lose its balance but also is dangerous. The intention is to explore from the boundary for other possible ways to respond to the reality.
不鏽鋼 Stainless steel
120x 210 x 270 cm
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