- 展覽日期: 2019.02.23-2019.04.06
- 展覽地點: 双方藝廊 (台北市中山區北安路770巷28號)
- 開幕時間: 2019.02.23 (六) 下午3.00
藝廊將於2019年2月23日推出陳擎耀個展「AK Girls and Panzer」。陳擎耀曾榮獲台北美術獎首獎、美國亞洲文化協會ACC獎助及台灣藝術新貌獎，創作包含攝影、繪畫、裝置及錄像，以詼諧、有趣的方式探討當代政治與文化議題。延續以往持續關注的政治與文化兩面向，本次個展包含全新大型繪畫作品《AK47》美少女軍團系列、將自己的面貌置入各國政治偉人肖像畫的《親愛的領導》系列以及《國家地理頻道》系列攝影作品。陳擎耀將自己作為畫面主角，在搞笑、無俚頭中帶出嚴肅發人省思的社會與文化觀點，帶領觀眾進入藝術家的異想世界，展覽將展至4月6日。
「AK Girls and Panzer」展名引用陳擎耀《AK47》美少女軍團。創作圍繞著政治與文化面向的陳擎耀，使用傳統繪畫形式，將自身作為創作題材，融入亞洲政治人物肖像中，重新編寫出極具滑稽感的畫面或舉止，創造出《親愛的領導》系列作品，藉此嘲諷亞洲文化裡的領袖神話崇拜。從偉人肖像的反諷進而衍生出來自日本女子天團「AKB48」的《AK47》美少女軍團。藝術家認為美少女團體就像是半個軍隊式產物，將流行文化與獨裁者連結。穿著白色襯衫、短裙制服的美少女軍團，結合日、韓、台元素，透過挪用流行文化與對權力符號的降格，無非是對當今社會進行的反諷，讓人重新審視自身周遭各種因權力作為而造成的荒謬。《國家地理頻道》系列作品中，陳擎耀以西方探險節目的拍攝角度，探視台灣早期的獵捕文化，在現代的人造場景中進行一場古代探險活動。藝術家關注殖民歷史之下的文化，外來文化的侵入與衝擊所形成的不和諧，都表現於作品中，如此的衝突亦是現今社會的寫照。扮裝的手法與通俗的文化元素也呈現在藝術家的影像作品裡，透過人物的動作、服裝、燈光及場景設計，用輕鬆幽默的姿態，創造出一個荒謬又趣味橫生的幻想世界。
Double Square Gallery is delighted to present Chen Ching-Yao’s solo exhibition, AK Girls and Panzer, which opens on February 23, 2019. Chen is the proud recipient of the First Prize of Taipei Arts Award, the Asian Cultural Council’s grant and the Taiwan Emerging Art Award. Chen creates photography, painting, installation and video to explore contemporary political and cultural issues in a humorous, amusing way. Continuing his long-term focus on political and cultural landscape, his solo exhibition will showcase large-scale painting series featuring girl army soldiers, AK47, the portrait series featuring political figures, Dear Leaders, and the photography series, National Geographic Channel. By turning himself into the prominent figures in his works, the artist unfolds his serious and thought-provoking social and cultural viewpoints through his seemingly comic, nonsensical imagination, ushering audiences into a personal world of fantasy. The exhibition will run until the 6th of April.
The exhibition title, AK Girls and Panzer, is inspired by the girl army soldiers in the painting series, AK47. Chen’s work has revolved around political and cultural scenes. His Dear Leaders series adopts the form of traditional painting and combines the artist’s image with portraits of Asian political figures, revealing images or gestures that are highly comical and satirize the myth and worship of political figures in Asian culture. Deriving from his mocking portraits of historic figures is the army of girl soldiers featured in AK47, inspired by famous Japanese idol girl group, “AKB48.” For the artist, such an idol girl group somehow reminds him of a military group, triggering his imagination to associate popular culture with authoritarianism. Dressed in white shirts and short uniform skirts, the girl army becomes a symbol mixed with Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese elements; and by appropriating popular culture and downgrading power symbols, the artist expresses a sense of irony against contemporary society and invite his audiences to re-examine the absurdities born out of various actions that aim to grab powers in our surrounding. In the series, entitled National Geographic Channel, Chen imitates the filming angles of Western adventure TV programs and investigates Taiwan’s hunting culture in the early days. Conducting explorations in an ancient manner within modern, man-made settings, the artist brings our attention to the culture stemmed from a colonial past. Traces of invasion and impact of foreign cultures, along with the consequent discordances, are captured and expressed in the works. Such conflicts, moreover, reflect those existing in contemporary society. Audiences can also observe how the artist employs cosplay and popular cultural elements in his photographic works. The figures’ gestures, their costumes, the lighting and the design of the settings create lighthearted and humorous tableaus, transporting spectators into an absurd yet intriguing world of fantasy.
Born in Taipei in 1976, Chen Ching-Yao received his MFA from Taipei National University of the Arts in 2006. He is the recipient of Taiwan Emerging Arts Award and the First Prize of Taipei Arts Award. In 2009, he was awarded the Asian Cultural Council’s grant to further pursue his art in New York. Chen creates mainly photography and painting that address a wide range of topics and focus on the deconstruction of power symbols. The way he humorously and comically presents the unique cultural phenomena of national collectivism and people’s subconscious has garnered much international attention. He has been invited for artist residencies in Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles, and his works have been shown in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, China, Germany, the US, Israel, etc.
Exhibition dates: 2019.02.23-2019.04.06
Exhibition venue: Double Square Gallery
Opening reception: 2019.02.23 (Sat.) 15.00顯示較少內容