Alumni Events

Exhibition / Taiwan

STUPIN.ORG Kuo I-Chen Solo Exhibition

February 18, 2017 - April 15, 2017

STUPIN.ORG, Kuo's solo exhibition at TKG+ Projects, is the first embodiment of the studio-swap residency. In converting the gallery space into an artist's studio, and bringing together the cradle for art, the finished work, and the commercial end, Kuo investigates the relationship between the artist, the work, and the space it occupies. For this exhibition, Kuo swaps studios with Portuguese artist Filipe Cortez, who works across such mediums as performance, oil painting, sculpture, and installation in surveying the ephemeral landscape of memory, time, and the city through his site-specific work. Cortez and Kuo will continue their respective practices in each other's hometown — Cortez in Taipei, Taiwan and Kuo in Porto, Portugal — and connect the two cities through their experiences of cultural exchange and networking.
 
On the platform of STUPIN, every artist's studio is a residence, and every artist can be a local cultural guide. Through the act of sharing, every city can be a studio for you. The pronunciation of "STUPIN" is similar to that of "stupid," which echoes the foolishness of an artist absorbed in art making; the same foolishness that leads to unexpected outcomes. Hence the STUPIN philosophy: to face the future with an open mind, to keep moving forward into the unknown. Be STUPIN! Be smart!   
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Grantee: I-Chen Kuo

Exhibition / Taiwan

島嶼隱身

February 18, 2017 - April 9, 2017

新時代的來臨,西部的進步帶來生活的矛盾與價值牴觸,使得島嶼東部出現另一種可能。壯闊的大地、無情的自然、簡單的人文,必定有它的意義。康德(I.Kant)在他的《判斷力批判》(The Critique of Judgment)中提及崇高與壯美,他說由於自然對象的巨大體積或力量超過想像力所能掌握時,於是在人心中會喚起一種要求對對象予以整體把握的「理性理念」來掌握和戰勝對象,從而對對象的恐懼、畏避的痛苦,轉化為對自身(即人)尊嚴、勇敢的肯定而生快感。這種審美特質在於它不是和諧優美那種,而是在愉快中包含痛苦,痛苦中又含有愉快。

 

這是東部藝術家面對的第一個悖論,也是創作的來源,對抗巨大空虛無聊、原始的自然力量而產生的整體把握之野心與批判力度。另外,那些離開再回來,一直處於隱身避世與豪邁開創之中來來去去而形成第二種悖論,在價值兩極之間巨大擺盪的體力與精力所帶來的生命力量。第三個悖論即原住民山林世界與漢人灰塵世界,是關於始原的探索與存在的警覺。每一個悖論都有它的社會議題以及矛盾勢力,創作者必須不斷保持活躍的心靈與創造的喜悅,又不斷重回寧靜與穩實,才能獨自在前無古人後無來者的洪荒之地為這個世界命名;無權過問世事卻有清晰的思考能力;身處資本主義卻保有社會良心,與自然的、形而上的原始的契約不曾間斷,這就是隱身島嶼的性格。本展覽「島嶼隱身」希望透過這三個悖論,探討一種特殊美學與存在之真,邀請深居東部的藝術家,以及外地來來去去求學的青年創作者,就他們生活實踐與自我探索,彰顯「任何一個地方都有大地與世界,自由與文明」的思緒及其藝術。

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Grantee: Idas Losin