Rookie's Guide to
2021 September - December
Islands Art Park residency project
This is a project with three works each developed from a different scale of my residency in Islands Art Park, Taichung. From building my own living pattern, adapting to living space, to observing surrounding, these works document my adaptation process to new environment meanwhile elaborate my reflections toward “real time.”
Lino Block Printing, Performance, Installation
Our daily life is filled with trivia. Things must be done in order to maintain one’s living condition or quality. This work is the materialization to my habit of listing daily tasks. Disoriented by the beginning of a new residency period, I decided to take myself, or to say, my behaviour, as the material to collect. I keep my daily to-do lists and turn the words into linocut block, then print on a scroll installed at the exhibition site, every day. It was a performance as well as an evolving installation.
When these tasks turn into words, the space they occupy is almost the same, no matter they are important or merely trivia. After some time, my daily life has accumulated into a long sheet of paper with volume, as if the days I spent, however wasted or not, has built up a translucent narrow road which leading me to somewhere.
Waiting for Dawn at Islands
Two-channel Video Installation, Sound
This work consists by three elements: two video pieces and a sound recording. First video piece shows the street view filmed from my window, looks simply like late night scene but in fact a combination of multiple clips from different time of the night being edited together. The other video piece shows the red flashing traffic light projected through my window on my wall and is actually a one-minute video loop. The sound piece is recorded from late night till nearly dawn and is the only part in this work that is played by real time.
Three elements form a seemingly reasonable late-night scene, without abnormality. However, the truth is the three elements are absolutely not presenting the same “night”. One is showing compressed and reorganised time, one is showing a constantly repeated segment of time, and one is showing unprocessed time. This work is a challenge to our senses and brain, also a question to our perception towards reality. Because in Taichung, the night remains the same darkness until just before the dawn and can only tell by subtle human activities. Makes me wonder how to build our sense of time if we are in a completely dark night like this without depending on the artificial traces.
Frottage on tracing paper, Photo
This work is an experiment of printmaking technique, also a practice of seeing and perceiving. I enjoy walking around Islands Art Park during my residency there. In my walks, I often gaze afar and try to reach the furthest view I can get with my eyes. I feel like gazing is an act with layers. My gaze usually starts with the contour of an object, maybe a building or a tree. Then the distant view comes in. At last, I would finally see the layer of details. I can always find unnoticed scenes as long as I keep gazing.
The “images*” from my walks are translated into woodcut blocks according to my memory. I rub the surface of woodblocks and the floor both onto tracing paper with printing roller and ink. The result then become as an improvisation, generated by the relationship among the environment around art park, my gaze, and the site at the moment.
*Here I am referring to the meaning from the book “The Image of the City” by Kevin Lynch.
從輪廓 遠景 到細節
凝視 覺察 構成印象 然後轉譯
藝術園區 周遭環境 展場空間
*城市的意象（The Image of the City），作者凱文・林區（Kevin Lynch）。