2015.06.13 - 2015.07.26
Autonomy is the pride of an individual, and yet with the drastic changes of our time such “core value” of autonomy is often obscured by deviations of human nature, and so, people know not what course to take amidst indecipherable social unrest as they are tangled with ever-changing “stances and positions”. Dichotomy seems to be convenient tool for criticism, but with “opposition” being the basis of all judgment, we end up being driven to the cage-coffin of analytic philosophy and are further polarized on contradictory grounds.
Crane Galley presents the work of Liao Chao-Hao (廖昭豪)、Cheung Szelit(張施烈) and Wu Po-Han(吳柏翰), whose creative ideas converged at the theme “Critical Point”. The exhibition not only captures interpersonal phenomena but offer itself as a reflection of our own core values through diverse interpretative pathways of interpersonal, regional and epochal events. The 3 artists utilized different media and forms and yet all of them have coincidentally evoked “Wall” as their main symbol.
“Wall” is a dissecting boundary as much as a security shield, with its hard indifference and the protection it simultaneously offers resembling the critical point in interpersonal connections. Tension arises in its co-relation with others, and along the fluctuating curve of such tension there will be, inevitably, a critical point of judgment.
If, regarding a wall's memory in time, the wall becomes the epochal distiller of time's passage, it filters unwanted debris out of civilization's progress, leaving only time's imprint. As an medium that regard history, the art works reflect the creators' thoughtful merits in their creative endeavors to smooth the imperfections of human nature. While human nature is an inexhaustible subject, each challenge in real life could well be a reminder, which is at once harsh and gentle: it tears open wounds, leaving us unseemly and contradicted, bereft of peace. And although it puts us in difficult situations, it also exposes false self. The trauma that evidently tore us apart may force us to confront with agony, and only thus possibility of healing may come about, making us more real.