‘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.
「月球太空計畫」 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.
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.
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.
YIRI ARTS 伊日藝術計劃
時間｜Tue. – Sat. 13:00 – 19:00 週日、一休館