林煒翔：未完的鄉愁 / 鍾舜文：常日漫漫
Nostalgia Unsettled by Lin Wei-Hsiang｜Boundless Life by Chung Shun-Wen
Date｜8 Sep. – 13 Oct. 2018
Venue｜Mind Set Art Center
Opening Reception｜3:00 pm, Saturday, 8 Sep. 2018
On Nostalgia Unsettled
Wind blows across the mountain, mist comes and goes. May it be called landscape or shan shui, Lin’s painting reveals a tranquil realm of pure beauty built up with countless layers of dyeing. There is a yearning, tells Lin’s affections for the mountains, water, trees and clouds, amongst which his body and mind feel at home and vital.
For Lin, nostalgia is never for his birthplace, but for the origin of the soul, where he has never been and cannot prove the existence of. Once he said, “For over a decade, there is only a single theme in my practice, and it is to search the origin of the soul.” Along this long journey, he has come across new landscapes, new understandings, encountered new challenges and limitations. Challenges and limitations could be like abysses or rushing waters lying in front of the artist, forcing him to stop and look for ways to cross. It is with every breakthrough that new energy develops within the artist. Thus, we realized how Lin’s painting can be so rich in feelings but not overemotional, and so graceful but not fragile. The artist has transformed his intense dialogue with the nature into layers of thing paint to composed the tranquil scene on the canvas through enormous labor, resulting a state of poise and composure.
Lin’s work gradually departs from realistic depiction and incline to abstraction in recent years. Spiritual yearning and pursuit are expressed through Imagined landscapes. Occasionally, landmarks from the real world would appear in his landscapes, reminding us that however metaphysical the pursuit may seem, it is still rooted in the real-life experience. Like many of us, Lin strives towards his goal through life’s ups and downs, attempting to settle his body and mind in the summer heat and winter coldness. He takes challenges with a good grace, devoted to find the ultimate state of beauty and pureness. Brilliant energy generated from his faith and is turned into heart-touching landscapes of mountains and trees, of water and clouds. Here nature breathes calmly and time flows tranquilly, perhaps just like the origin of the soul that the artist yearns for, full of vitality and everlasting.
On Boundless Life
Under the Bamboo Hat Hill in Meinong, the seasons roll on by slowly.
Feeling the touch of warmth, the density of feelings.
Here is the smell of moist earth in the spring, the moving clouds in the summer afternoon,
the refreshing mist after convection rains.
Breeze from the two rivers goes through treetops, and birds fly away lightly.
The daily routine goes on quietly yet bustling.
Bougainvilleas in the garden blossom regardless of the season, especially blooming in
Their clusters of flowers and flower-like spring leaves are arresting and gorgeous, yet
tranquil and not disturbing.
Memories about the strolls through forests in Baden-Baden often come back during
There, the autumn scene was so different from that of southern Taiwan.
Bringing myself to the present, I realized the cat has quietly placed a “gift” at the back
door, expecting for a dinner of a bit more sumptuous.
I recall that cats living across the other side of the Central Range do not appear to
have to prepare any “gift”.
They have an air of carefree, satisfied and leisure, as if this is how life ought to be.
Human, small creatures and the nature coexist in the mountains.
Quietly, between the gazing and gazed, between consciousness and unconsciousness,
my little companions and I seem to see our own feelings in the eyes of each other.
Recording what come across in my life has always been important to me.
“Boundless Life” is a collection of my artist residency in Chishang last summer,
the strolls taken in Baden-Baden in southwestern Germany,
and everyday life around Mother’s plants together with my little companions under
the Bamboo Hat Hill, Meinong.