2018牛俊強個展|2018.12.8-2019.1.20|TKG+ Projects

2018牛俊強個展|2018.12.8-2019.1.20|TKG+ Projects

 

2018牛俊強個展

2018.12.08 – 2019.01.20
Opening| 2018.12.08 (Sat.) 4:30 p.m.
TKG+ Projects (台北市114內湖區瑞光路548巷15號2F)

策展人│馮馨
贊助單位 │ 文化部、台北市文化局


藝術作品中的靈光究竟何以感知,在藝術如此仰賴視覺的狀態下,當我們剔除視覺,我們是否還保有觀看的能力?而所看為何?亞里斯多德曾言:「在一切感知中,視覺最能使我們認識事物,並揭示出各種各樣的區別」,而我們亦透過觀看確立自身的存在,意識到自身與他者,並進而成為認識這萬千世界的基點。

一直以來,牛俊強的創作並非僅從自身揭露故事,而是將其置身在創作中觀察、選擇與消化藝術家自身在這段時間中與外界的位置。本次「2018牛俊強個展」,延伸2015年牛俊強個展中所觸及的「恐懼」與「慾望」,並將自身三年間的經歷轉化,逐漸了悟「恐懼」本身並非它者,而是因為心的不定和習性,使得我們不斷找尋對象來投射,牛俊強以更開放的態度思考信仰如何引導人們向內找到自己的神性與良知,進而理解光與影的共存。2015年個展中所討論「盲」的狀態,隨著三年來的體悟,對於藝術家也隨之有意義上的轉變,「盲」不是看不見,而是本來以視覺形式存在的事物以另一種形式存在,如同本次個展中牛俊強所討論之「神的存在」。

本次個展中,牛俊強從「神是什麼?」、「神的外貌?」、「祂臨在的感受」出發,以影像創作一系列作品,「空」與「無」、「白」與「有」、「存在」與「永恆」等相對又相映的狀態同時並存於展覽中,牛俊強擅以透過影像敘事呈現難以名狀的抽象感知體驗,藉由隱喻的方式引導觀者逐步進入精心安排的空間中,難以言語闡述的象徵與關係透過空間中殘存或暗示的痕跡,成為觀者得以穿越意識潛入自身內在空間的入口,在此牛俊強所創造的影像,已從可視的影像位移至僅能想像的影像,整個過程如同榮格所提及的「個體化歷程」,一方面藉由影像敘事使觀者處於明瞭一切展覽發展走向的狀態,一方面又觀照觀者在這些痕跡下所感受的無意識心靈,並有意識地整合這兩層面,使展覽從內容跨至空間成一個能相互流通的整體。藝術經驗中的無形共感與信仰中的抽象經驗是否有交集的可能,是牛俊強這次創作,也是展覽所欲探究的核心。

牛俊強
牛俊強畢業於國立台北藝術大學科技藝術研究所。從事當代藝術創作與教學。目前工作於台北,為元智大學藝術與設計學系兼任助理教授。

牛俊強作品擅長闡述「存在的本質」。他以「關係」出發,這樣的關係存在於日常生活中不可見的交會、人與人之間微妙的牽連,個人至群體的生命意識。他企圖超越歷史的向度,以不同形式的創作做細膩而宏觀的提問。

曾參與鹿特丹國際影展短片競賽、英國Osmosis 錄像藝術節、美國Pixilerations新媒體藝術展、紐約cutlog藝術節、西班牙Aguilar影展、法國Tours亞洲影展、法國ARTchSO錄像藝術、日本東京Interdisciplinary 藝術節、韓國光州ACC Asian Arts Space Network Show、兩岸四地藝術交流計劃、台北金馬影展、台北美術獎、台灣國際錄像藝術展、台北電影節等國內外藝術節和影展展出。作品亦在柏林、伊斯坦堡、特拉維夫、俄羅斯、墨西哥、首爾、北京、深圳等國際重要城市發表。影像作品《即使她們從未相見》獲頒第35屆金穗獎最佳實驗片。

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2018 NIU Jun-Qiang Solo Exhibition

Dates │ 2018.12.08 – 2019.01.20
Reception │ 2018.12.08 (Sat.) 4:30 p.m.
Venue │ TKG+ Projects (2F, No.15, Ln. 548, Ruiguang Rd., Neihu Dist., Taipei City 114, Taiwan)

Curator | FENG Hsin
Sponsors | Ministry of Culture / Department of Cultural Affairs Taipei City Government

How can we detect the aura in artworks? For art relies on the sense of sight heavily, questions about whether we still possess the ability to see and what we will see emerge after the sense of sight is removed from us. Aristotle once said, “…The reason is that this (sight), most of all the senses, makes us know and brings to light many differences between things.” Seeing is what we establish our own existence with as well as how we recognize self from others, and ultimately serves as the starting point for us to know the splendid universe.

NIU Jun-Qiang develops his works not only from revealing himself, but also his observation, decision and internalization during the process of creation. In the 2018 NIU Jun-Qiang Solo Exhibition, following the “fear” and “desire” touched in the 2015 NIU Jun-Qiang Solo Exhibition, the artist has transformed his experiences over the past three years and come to realize that“fear”itself is not“other”, but something we keep looking for to project to, by means of our unsettled heart and our nature. NIU takes it further and, with a more open-minded attitude, contemplates how faith guides people to find their own divinity and morality within to capture the coexistence of light and shadow. The status of “being blind” probed in the 2015 solo exhibition to the artist also went through a transformation in meaning. It does not simply relate to the physical aspect, , but moreover, the alternative existence of something once in visual form, just as “the existence of God” that NIU Jun-Qiang talks about in this solo exhibition.

NIU Jun-Qiang departed from “what God is”,“how God looks like”, and“how it feels like in His presence”and came up with a series of works in images. The conditions that are relative and yet reflective to each other, such as“emptiness”and“nothingness”,“blank”and“being”as well as“entity”and“eternity”, co-exist in this 2018 exhibition. NIU Jun-Qiang excels at showcasing indescribable, abstract perceptional experiences via image narrative. Through means of metaphor, audience will be slowly guided to an intricately-designed space. Residual or implied traces in the space, symbols and relationships that are indescribable in language shall become the portals for audience to pass through the consciousness and dive into the inner space of their own. Hence, the images created by NIU Jun-Qiang have been shifted from the visible to the ones that can only be imagined. The whole process works are like Jung’s Individuation Process. On one hand, the audience will be situated in a status where they see all the directions of the exhibition development via image narrative; on the other, the unconscious minds the audience that experience in these traces are reflected. The two consciously integrated levels enable the exhibition to go beyond content into space, and form an intercommunicating entity. Whether there lies the possibility of correlation between the intangible synesthesia in artistic experience and the abstract experiences in faith is the creation of NIU Jun-Qiang this time as well as the very core this exhibition intends to investigate.

NIU Jun-Qiang
NIU Jun-Qiang was born in 1983. He graduated with MFA in New Media Art from Taipei National University of the Arts. His artworks mainly focus on the video, experimental film, photography and mixed media installations.

Most of NIU’s recent artworks spring from the daily, ordinary life and the experiences involved in such. He has worked with many participants to narrate their past experiences for the creation of a more united, joint experience.

During the creative process, NIU has investigated and examined the incredible relations between humans who do not really meet face to face physically and the life consciousness from the individuals to groups. Rather than focus on the materialism, he attacks on such a notion and looks at what can be the really persistent, unchanged, in humanity’s lifetime. NIU Jun-Qiang’s artworks have been featured in the short film competition at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (the Netherlands), Pixilerations Tech Art Exhibition (USA) , the Aguilar International Short Film Festival (Spain), Tours Asian Film Festival (France), ARTchSO Video Festival in Rennes (France), Interdisciplinary Art Festival (Tokyo, Japan), It Takes Four Sorts: Cross-Strait Four-region Artistic Exchange Project (Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau), Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taipei Arts Awards in Taipei…etc. His works also had been showed in Berlin, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Mexico, Seoul, Beijing, Shenzhen.