TAIPEI DANGDAI

Chen Han Sheng: From view to landscape all at once

 

TAIPEI DANGDAI ART & IDEAS

 

Artist|Chen Han Sheng

Duration|May 20–22, 2022

VIP Preview|May 19, 2022 2PM–5PM

Booth|S02 Powen Gallery

Venue | Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1

 

In the 3rd Taipei Dangdai in 2022, Powen Gallery will present the solo exhibition "From View to Landscape All at Once" by artist Chen Han Sheng. Reminiscence and scenes from memories have always been the subject focus of Chen Han Sheng's creations. Three years after creating "After the Explosion", Chen Han Sheng began a new series under the name of "From View to Landscape All at Once - Jinhuang, Black Drongo, Guava". "Time" represents the element of change, the connotation of a sudden, unexpected state, or "untimeliness". "From View to Landscape All at Once" echoes Chen Han Sheng's feelings and distant thoughts about eternity when facing the natural environment from the point of view of ‘agriculture’.

 

"From View to Landscape All at Once - Jinhuang, Black Drongo, Guava" takes Jinhuang mangos and Guava flowers as the foreground protagonists, surrounded by creatures such as the black drongo, bee, the Atlas moth, and the striped albatross butterfly, embedding crops' ideal forms and realistic ecological illustration, against the backdrop of a distant view of the Kaohsiung Petrochemical Industrial Park that can be seen when taking the high-speed rail. This is the largest two-dimensional installation in Chen Han Sheng's creative career to date. Làng-phāng is a Taiwanese Hokkien term, which means to take time out, make use of fragmented time, or take a break. The “Làng-phāng Landscape” series take the window lattice as its main structure, combined with portraits of Jinhuang mangos and guava flowers. When one meets with nature through windows and folding screens, this creates a state of làng-phāng. The "Clear Offerings View" and "Fa Ying Clear Offerings" series extend into the styles of curio cabinets and religious offering trays. “Clear Offerings” refer to elegant objects for offerings, which can be described as still images with a sense of ritual in ordinary people's lives. Chen Han Sheng tried to combine traditional craftsmanship with mobile installations to present a “Six-Crop” (Jinhuang mango, guava, jujubes, nipplefruit, peach, and bergamot) theme. Chen re-examines the relationship between today's spirituality, materiality, and modernity through the childhood memories in which nipplefruit, peach, and bergamot were related to year-end worship ceremonies.

 

Different from his past works, which have used scenes from memory as themes, this solo exhibition is characterized by Chen Han Sheng’s feelings of ambivalence, torn between his yearning for the ideal form of nature and efforts to accept the irreversible progress of modernization. The "From View to Landscape All at Once" exhibition treats every moment, good or bad, as a memory worthy of cherishing and preserving. It conveys the silent voices of contemporary farmers who encounter cruel realities such as disordered flowering, abnormally early fruiting, and collapsing bee populations. The exhibition also expresses his simple wish, as someone who comes from an agricultural family, for a sustainable environment through artistic creation.

 

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