天使望鄉 – 李立中個展
Look Homeward, Angel – Lee Li-Chung Solo Exhibition
Reception | 2018.11.17 (Sat.) 3:00 p.m.
2018.11.17 – 12.16（10:00-19:00 週一休館）
The moving landscape on our national freeways is the collective memory of many of those who travel on these “pathways to home.” As the scenery rolls by, we tend to look out the windows of our cars, pondering on the meaning of life. The lost and powerless feelings evoked as we look for something we don’t comprehend is akin to the view that flashes by, blurred and unclear.
Lee Li-Chung delineates the meeting point of one’s journey back home to the flight of pigeons returning to their nest; the focus is in the crossroad of these journeys. A serendipitous encounter, sharing the same scenery and journey back home, stirs up warm romantic feelings in each one of us. Like guardian angels in our midst, they also symbolize the thirst for freedom and the pursuit of personal dreams held deep in our hearts.
The scenery shared as the two meet is like a reflection of oneself: houses/ factories, street lights/ a lone butterfly, birds in flight/ a cross, full of conflicts and discord that occur at the crossroads of reality and idealism. A series of works called “Obscure” reorganize the fragments of life, revealing a struggle and a strong sense of loneliness in a purposeless atmosphere, where the soul is incapable of escaping from the status quo.
The local pigeon racing culture is a invaluable part of Lee Li-Chung’s childhood memories. He conveys a strong sense of belonging to his hometown in his portrayal of the pigeon’s habit of always returning to its nest. The fierce competition in human society is a replica of pigeon racing world, where the weak becomes the prey of the strong, with suffocating cruelty.
Pigeons flying back to their nests remind us of the desire that we have always had since young and away from our hometown. The feeling of loneliness and nostalgia is like always on the road, so vagrant. The lights along the highway are like the twinkling stars which are guiding us home.
「天使望鄉 Look homeward, Angel 」是美國文學家 Thomas Wolfe 的一部自傳式小說作品，敘述著孤單蝸居異國，沒有方向目的，少年式的清愁和迷惘，在一個個寂靜失眠的夜晚，懷念起遠方的家鄉。
About the Works
I joined a workshop in May of this year. Its theme was to explore the practice of “untimely files” and “self-archiving” from the “archive-field” perspective. The method is to use various types of filing and file conversion as gestures of vocalization and identification to raise concern over certain situations.
In the process, I marked the important migration routes and events in my life on the map, only to realize that I was so close to him, but that it was also difficult to explain clearly why I was obsessed with him. However, I know that personal participation is better than mere imagination or pure escapism.
Through this exhibition, I sorted out the routes drawn under people’s urge . The original guilty feeling of a loser is quietly expunged by the works hanging on the wall. Moreover, the scenery seen on these overlapping roads may seem mundane, but to be able to meet him in this way is very romantic.
“Look homeward, Angel” is an autobiographical work by American novelist, Thomas Wolfe. It speaks of the life of a lonely young expatriate, listless without any direction in life, filled with youthful angst and confusion. And in each and every solitary sleepless night, he thought of his distant hometown.