Forty, the age Confucius said of no doubts, is a depth seemingly calm however wavy and charming with experienced transitions of lives. The attraction of art always relies on the artists’ struggles between their confusions and beliefs, sometimes carrying the persistence as a genius or a martyr to achieve their distinctive symbols and styles. Ryunosuke Akutagawa said: "Creating is often risky. Artists might produce under awareness, however observing their artworks half of the beauty or the ugliness in them usually surpasses the mysterious world of the artists’ consciousness. The abundant unpredictions let art creating become an adventure, searching surprises on the boundary of ambiguities. Is it the confusion of the creation, or the charm of the art? Abstract is not necessarily abstract, as the future is the current of the past just past now, while the beauty beyond the canvases are always hidden in the invisible expressions of the invisible. The exhibition "Confused, not Confused“ through magnificently distinguished art creations, presents to the audience the primitive depths beyond the artists’ consciousness.
Huang Ming-Che, constantly challenging himself, uses lines like daubs to construct faces vague however naturally alluring at the same time savage, waving his unrestrained romanticism by powerful and open gestures with passions freely spread in the ultimate darkness. King or queen; flowers or swords; sentimentalities or authorities; prosperity or hopelessness… simple images seem to speak out the inner conflicts, enticing the audience to communicate however hesitant to unveil the struggles. Just like a metaphorical drama play, the sudden insight after loneliness and vicissitude is written by legends.
Behind the common events, the intuition always finds the hidden faiths. For Tao Wen-Yueh, creation is an inner reflection containing the sediments of emotions accumulated in passing years, the love and indulgence to his time and environment, and the expectation and desires to the future world. The lingual awareness transformed into elegant and sentiment profound color and refined symbols and signs, seems to reflect the gleams and shadows of the history, following a classic but also modern rhythm. These rich layers of images and implications along with expression free from abstract or concrete aspects make Tao Wen-Yueh’s art a wide space for plain but poetic imaginations of the literature. Behind lyric gentleness there are insistences and ambitions of a literatus.
The man who rides the whirlwind in pop music field, Akibo Lee, in twelve years ago developed a series of robot family quite lovely. These cool robots are expansions of the intimate stories and secrets between Akibo and his two sons. With a touched heart, Akibo transformed the cool and metallic robots of technology into an expression of the warmness in humankind. As a visual designer, art creator, computer animator, as well as curator, he said, “creating is in the way it is, to represent your own feeling through the artwork, no matter regarding art or design. It is a need like hunger. When you are very hungry, you could then make very good works.” Because of his love to electronic music, Akibo made two dancing robots called “DING” and ”LULUBO”. “DING” is an octopus-like monster with eight legs, while “LULUBO” is a female robot with a pretty body shape. These two robots used to be the visual effect in dancing halls, performing Hip-Hop with live electronic music, and also cooperated with Wind Dance Theatre to perform modern dances. Using Animamix, Akibo Lee built a miniature but complete virtual world, and this virtuality is alternating with the reality…
Born in Xishuangbanna, Zhao Guang-Hui’s father is a hydraulic engineer. Where his father worked is only one Kilogram from the smuggling path beside the borderline. Zhao Guang-Hui could always see supreme modified cars, and from then on his sight never leaves these beautiful mechanical creatures. He believes that these animals of iron and steel do have souls just as those of the wild and nature. The blurred space of machine/creature ambiguity leads Zhao into thinking about evolution of species, unlimited imaginations to the future, and then the creation of his own dream of evolution. Zhao realizes his illusions and builds fish-cars with lights and bodies of vehicles and tails of fishes. Stainless steel is vividly colored, and when people pass through it surprisingly makes engine sounds. While mechanical cars swim carefreely as dancing, is it fishes in the ocean evolving into cars on the land, or cars on the land evolving into fishes of the ocean? Paradoxical fish-cars merge together the biotechnology and ancient fictions into the new era of mechanical evolution.
Hsiao Chu-Fang’s painting is in quick, simple, daub-like style however full of stories. Clear and calm strokes ahead consciousness are like mini stories, explaining as well as extending very well the emotions and stories. She names every works to let stories happen in the paintings, “I need to have a story first then I know how to arrange colors, lines; it needs an idea to make a practice, which is also a kind of communication.” Hsiao Chu-Fang’s works are similar to the diaries, passing a simple and pleasant joy of living lives through colors and strokes without any pressure, healing herself at the same time resonating with the audience.
Under the psychological mode of civilization diseases, Liao Yu-An’s art characters carry the energies and weights as the reflection of the audience. The twisted faces and rubber-like soft gestures act as the lead for us to speechless awkward condition. The image usually stills at the stage of a certain "moment", presenting an epitome of this disordered and ridiculous society by illogical combinations of characters. When looking at bold colors pilling up into layers of vivid totems on flat surface, Liao Yu-An successfully guides our vision to the incubated scenes. Gorgeous however shallow illusions are the snoops of people's depressions, agitations, and distorted private emotions, charming and dangerous as kaleidoscopic sugarcoat covering its real inner of darkness.
Confusion or no confusion, abstract or not abstract, whatever being painted is the emotion of beauties, the unique confession of souls. Life is not just owned by people who understand it, but the artists are happened to be able to place the height and gradation of lives onto its appropriate spot with the mysterious visions. This June, under the temperature just right, six artists will bring the heat to Metaphysical Art Gallery, sharing with you their continuing and serializing art stories full of turns and climaxes!