Between Pure and Naughty
純 真 x 頑 皮
純 真 x 頑 皮
Chang En-TzuCurator: Chen Yung-Hsien
Artists: Chou Chu-Wang, Wu Keng-Chen, and Chang En-Tzu
Text / Chen Yung-Hsien
"Between Pure and Naughty" mainly discusses how Taiwan's new generation of artists use their own points of view, and how their creations have delicate handmade qualities and metaphorical thinking. What the works of Chou Chu-Wang, Wu Keng-Chen, and Chang En-Tzu have in common are they all use innocence and childhood as the main focus of their pieces, and use simple lines and color blocks to reconstruct ordinary images and thoughts. Hidden in these simple images is a naughty yet rebellious dual personality.
The works on display by these three artists all show surprising breakthroughs compared to the past. The work “Naughty” by Chou Chu-Wang who has won the Taipei Fine Arts Award Grand Prize and Kaohsung Arts Award, uses smart lines to depict the images of children on lamps, outlining the cute, funny, yet evil side of children. The main character in this work is an embodiment of the devil. Chou Chu-Wang also transforms “Naughty” into a three dimensional piece. He uses a 3D stainless steel form to create a body that is similar to children’s building blocks and the facial expression of the image still gives off a critical air.
Wu Keng-Chen who has a background in architecture is the winner of the Wanderer Project of Cloud Gate. He once traveled to China's northern Shaanxi province to learn paper cutting techniques. In order to challenge the limits of paper cutting, he took his passion for comics in his childhood and like the childhood memories of a secret agent, he used handmade paper cutting art to create naughty red people. He used them to cover an entire glass surface to create a shocking and moving image. His works are also shown with a scroll in the spatial arrangement, where countless little red people wave and blink at the audience, their expressions are funny and loveable, and have a playful and eccentric style.
Chang En-Tzu who once was awarded the Kaohsung Arts Award elaborates her hand-weaving skills into her newly published works, the “Forest Series.” She uses the leftover cotton fibers from a needle and thread to overthrow the perfect fairytale worlds of Bambi and Snow White. Parts of the fairytale images flow down among floating threads, becoming a part of the incomplete images, innocently wandering and floating around in this space. This type of complete deconstruction, heavily impacts the general public’s memories of these sub-cultural symbolic images, and what is left after they gently depart are confused fairytale characters.
Generally people have an innocent trust toward children or fairytale stories, yet sometimes they fear the clever and rebellious nature of children. In the lines of art, the humor in these creations is not limited to one dimension. Returning to the theme of children, these three artists candidly show the naughty, mischievous, and playfulness of children, and also completely express their hidden “evil.” This evil does not refer to “bad paintings,” it refers to the behavior of children after removing all constraints. Despite being evil, it allows the creators to break away from the inherent and fixed sense we have toward objects. Children are the subjects closest to us in life, and the dual nature of pure and naughty is a natural psychological state, but this type of innate demon-like “evil” still exists.
純 真 x 頑 皮
策 展 人／陳永賢（國立台灣藝術大學助理教授）
文 / 陳永賢
《純真X頑皮》（Between Pure and Naughty）主要探討台灣新世代藝術家如何使用自己觀點，創造兼具輕巧手工質地與隱喻思考。周珠旺、吳耿禎、張恩慈的作品的共同點，均以純真的童趣為內容，他們都將線條或色塊的純粹化，重組於過去慣常視覺和思維，而簡約影像裡卻隱匿著一股頑皮卻叛逆的雙重性格。
> CHOU Chu-Wang 周珠旺
> WU Keng-Chen 吳耿禎
> CHANG En-Tzu 張恩慈
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