The Bright Moon is High Up

明月高懸The Bright Moon is High Up|黃啟佑個展Huang Qi-You Solo Exhibition

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藝術家黃啟佑首次在台灣的個展以帶有詩性意向的題目「明月高懸」命名。乍見這個題目,總會直觀的設想,必然是和自然的感悟有關。儘管這是他一張同名的畫作,但是如果我們仔細端詳畫中的意象,俯拾其中的人物與景觀,就會有一種違和的感受,甚至與傳統山水詩境反差的現象產生。因此,我把他的繪畫稱作一種「歧異」(Uncanny)的私人風景,並在其中透過藏秘與揭示的繪畫過程,使面對未知客體的恐懼得以揭露,同時也以有趣怪異的虛構手法療癒主體。

在這一系列作品中,這位熱愛自然,出身於農村鄉間的青年藝術家,向我們展示揭露出一個嶄新畫類的可能性,它們既不屬於傳統歌頌自然崇高優美意象的浪漫風景,也不能放置在現代性裡,強調回歸到繪畫自身,還原造型結構的形式化風景,而是將個人神遊自然中的想像與超時空的神話敘事巧妙揉合,藉助東方山水畫意境的形質,創造出屬於自身的風景人物語彙,達至述說一種歧異卻又具有情感穿透力的內在感受。

在一系列歧異的風景舞台上,人物主角總是荒謬孤獨的存在,並且稱職地扮演怪誕的情節,兩張大畫《試槍》、《驚弓之鳥》皆以一種違背常理的誤謬面向觀者,無論成雙落下的大鵬,或是以大地為標靶的槍手,總能讓我們墜入五里雲霧中,視見人文對於自然的無窮盡想像。其他的小畫也不乏有近似表達,特別的自然現象與歧異的生物,貫穿了作品的主軸,啟佑以他看似隨性,實際卻是思索過的繪畫語言,透過層層的疊加然後破壞,進而解構畫中故事敘事的平順滑移。

如果說人類的神話產生,為的是要闡釋無法解釋的現象,那麼啟佑無疑的是在創造一種新的「後神話」敘事體例,在這當中,從驚恐到理解過程的安全距離路徑,被曲折蔓延的延異私密小徑所取代。因此,觀看啟佑的繪畫,就像讓我們穿過密徑,造訪每個人內心深處的未知自然,敞徉探索著無盡的可能。

YIRI ARTS presents Huang Qi-You’s first solo exhibition in Taiwan titled, “The Bright Moon is High up.”

The exhibition title, suggests an intuitive assumption that must be related to natural perception. Although the title is taken from one of Qi-You’s paintings, a feeling of incongruity may arise when we look closely at his work, wherein the visual elements can be found contrasting with that of traditional oriental painting. I, therefore, call his paintings a private landscape of the “Uncanny”.

This young artist loves nature and was born in the countryside. He reveals a novel category of paintings in this series. His works belong neither to the genre of the traditional romantic landscapes that celebrate the sublime and beautiful images of nature nor to modernity. Qi-You emphasises the painting itself, focusing on the composition and deliberately combining the imagination of personal wanderings in the wilderness with the mythical stories of time and space. Through the conceptual form of oriental landscape painting, Qi-You creates a painterly language that depicts a distinct inner penetration.

Huang’s characters are often alone and absurd, and play a grotesque plot competently. The two large paintings – ‘Test Gun’ and ‘Frightened Bird’ – present viewers with absurd events that militate against common sense. Whether it is birds falling in pairs or a shooter targeting the earth, his paintings always make us fall upwards into the clouds and mists and see the infinite imagination of humanity in nature.

There are similar expressions in his smaller works. Extraordinary natural phenomena and divergent creatures run through the central axis of the works. Qi-you uses his seemingly casual but deliberately chosen visual language to create a powerful narrative in his paintings.

Suppose it is said that human mythology is created to explain unexplainable phenomena. If so, Qi-you is undoubtedly creating a novel “post-mythical” narrative style. Reading Qi-you’s paintings is like taking a secret path, visiting the unknown nature deep in everyone’s heart, and exploring endless possibilities.



明月高懸The Bright Moon is High Up|黃啟佑個展Huang Qi-You Solo Exhibition

展期|2022.05.07–05.28
地點|伊日藝術計劃 1F
地址|台北市內湖區新明路86巷1號
時間|Tue. – Sat. 14:00 – 19:00 週日、一休館

Date | 2022.05.07–05.28
Venue | YIRI ARTS 1F
Open | Tue.—Sat. 14:00—19:00
Closed | Sun.—Mon.
Add. | No. 1, Lane 86, Xinming Road, Neihu District, Taipei City 114030, TAIWAN