純粹:史丹・安克個展

Purity: Stijn Ank Solo Exhibition

 

展覽時間 Duration:2017 年 9 月 2 號 ( 六 / Sat. )  至 2017 年 10 月 15 日 ( 日 / Sun. )

開幕茶會 Opening Reception:2017 年 9 月 2 號 ( 六 / Sat. )  15:00

藝術家 Artist:史丹・安克 Stijn Ank

地點 Venue:台北市中正區金山南路一段67巷5號1樓 No. 5, Lane 67, Section 1, Jinshan South Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei

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比利時藝術家史丹・安克(Stijn Ank)出身建築設計,「以實顯現空」是其發展作品的核心命題,憑藉著自身對於空間與環境的敏銳度,透過作品體現空間裡本有卻不可視的存在。如此在空間裡製造邊界/線條的過程,成為形體化空間本身態度與立場的重要關鍵。

和其他藝術家熟悉的創作方式不同,實質上安克無法全然控制其作品最後生成的模樣,創作當下藝術家的直覺與時間流逝的等待才是形塑作品的關鍵。擁有建築設計的背景,安克選擇運用熟悉的灰泥(plaster)為媒材,依直覺調和顏料與液態石膏,分層/階段性地倒入事前製作的模具夾層,給予媒材最大極限的自主權與決定權,使其自然成形。留有氣泡/氣孔痕跡的不平整表面、以及受重力吸引而維持水平的分層線條,都是其作品精神與時間視覺化的最佳證據。

「若無實,便無界;若無界,便無虛。三者相輔相生。」是安克對其作品下的註解。他在空無中探尋線索,試著切割出本不可視的空間分隔,這使得安克的作品並非單純指涉任何早已存在的物體,而是藉由「實Solid」來顯現「空Void」,帶出空間自身的性格。因此,與其被視為物件 (object)觀賞,安克更執著將自己的創作定義為接受討論的某種主題 (subject),能夠激發觀者思考與討論,扮演更加主動的角色。這同時也回應著藝術家對作品、空間與觀者三者的關係,當觀者出現進而觀視作品時,「作品」就不再僅存於牆面/地面上的形體,而是充盈在整個場域裡的精神性流動。

「空間」之於安克的重要性,除了源自於其建築設計的背景,更多是藝術家對人類生活的觀察與體悟。人類對空間的依賴與渴望永無止盡,而這樣的需求甚至從真實世界蔓延至虛擬維度,無不希望能在日漸擁擠的現代社會裡攫取多一絲的空間。而安克的創作便是由此而生,他認為藝術作品的誕生應施加法於空間,而非減法,觀者自我與空間的互動擴展了其精神上的覺知向度。

這次於路由藝術展出的作品,也依循著安克對藝術作品與空間兩者貼合性的堅持,部分為台灣現地創作,是其來到台灣感受與觀察後所詮釋的空間性格。展覽將於9月2日下午三點開幕,藝術家安克將親臨現場和大家分享作品,9日下午兩點半則為其專場講座,歡迎各位朋友蒞臨指教。

With an architectural background, artist Stijn Ank from Belgium was known for his openness and strong structural architect before he shifted his path to become an artist. We could see Ank’s sensibility to space and environment from both his works in 2012, ‘Folding’ in Aspelare and ‘Vision’, a design for public school in the north-west of Brussels, thus allows his work to generate an art-space conversation with a sense of spirituality.

It is not rare to cross from architect to fine art, for instance Tony Smith who extended Minimalism to sculpture and Modernism architect Frank Gehry who is known for his irregular lines. To Ank, it is the same reason to create art and architecture – it is not just an object, but a window that leads to interaction with people.

Unlike other artists, Ank chose not to take full control of how his work will result. The key of shaping Ank’s works is artists’ instinct in that moment and patience in time. Using plaster, which he is familiar with as an architect, as the main medium, Ank pours the pigmented plaster that he picked by intuition earlier into molds layer by layer, giving the medium maximum autonomy and discretion, then waits until the work forms naturally. The uneven surfaces and the layered lines that were drawn by gravity, are all proofs of visualizing time and spirit.

Just like the contrast between ‘light’ and ‘dark’, ‘cold’ and ‘heat’, making the void visible through the solid is the core concept in Ank’s works, the process of ‘visualizing the void’ always touches people’s sensibility to space. Conquering and visualizing the void within space that was never noticed before brings out the relationship between the art piece and space – the stance that shapes space and spirit through time.

orks that will be showing in Nunu Fine Art, also express Ank’s strong bond between the work and space. Some of the works will be created site-specifically, following the artist’s own interpretation of spatial features in Taiwan since his arrival.