Fail to Reach: New Installation Work from Hsu Chiao Yen

The title of the exhibition Fail to Reach can mean two things: not being enough and not being able to achieve a certain purpose.

In order to evoke feelings of resilience amidst the hardships people face in their lives, Hsu Chiao Yen employs the serenity and beauty of landscape in his new installation work. In this exhibit, we see grass covered in snow, or a bird hoping for spring perched on a leafless branch and frozen from the cold. We also see leafless trees whose branches are cut off. These spots are painted black–the artist’s way of “covering” the wound, but the injury has become more obvious. There’s also a snow scene made from lime powder that smells like dust surrounded by a fence. According to the artist, this scene may be serene and beautiful, something that is not common, especially for a country like Taiwan where it never snows. But this beautiful scene can also bring about inconveniences–for instance, if the snow melts, it becomes dirty, cold, and slippery. We also see two canvases suspended in the air, holding water which drips into the buckets on the floor. This creates a sound of trickling water. For some people, it sounds relaxing, but for the artist, this sound makes him anxious because the trickling sound may mean that his house is old and there’s a water leak that needs fixing.

The show runs from 8 April to 6 May at Project Fulfill Art Space.

展覽的標題【不及】有兩個意思:不足,不能達到目的。

這個展覽有四個部分,第一,我們會看到草皮被雪蓋起來的作品,第二,在樹枝上,一隻等著春天的鳥被凍死了的照片,第三,在一個空間布置了沒有葉子的樹,在被割斷的地方擦了黑色的油漆,看起來好像修補著傷口,其實這麼做反而讓觀眾注意到這些傷口,第四,另外一個空間的角落堆著石灰粉表現出一場雪景,對藝術家來說,這個景色看起來不尋常,也很不可思議,尤其是在不下雪的地方像台灣,其實這個狀況並不詩情畫意,因為會導致不便,雪融化時不但溫度會變更冷,而且會更髒,第五,漏水透過布幔滴到水桶的滴答響聲,對一些人來說,滴水的聲音讓他們感到平靜,但對藝術家來說,這個聲音讓他很焦慮,因為滴水的聲音代表他的屋子老舊了,需要整修。許喬彥利用乍一看平靜和極美的景色讓人即使在(就算在)困境中還是能繼續生活下去。

這個展覽將於2017年4月8日至5月6日在就在藝術空間舉辦。

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