ANOTHER PLACE - CHEN Sung Chih Solo Exhibition
After five years, in this past June, I once again embarked upon a short-term residency program. The journey led me to Seoul, Korea, as I placed myself in a brand new alternative realm. The trip was not bound by any restrictions, with seeing and thinking being the two most important things for me to do on a daily basis. Adapting to a different life was not overly challenging, and I gained profoundly from the shift in state of mind, with a lot more received from straying away from my familiar place.
In Taiwan, most of us often let everyday details found in life pass us by rapidly. As I slowed down, I was able to discover many subtle and delicate types of scenery. As my mind was filled with curiosities and surprises, my imagination also began to soar. One day, I stumbled upon a flower sprouting from the crevice on a wall, and the encounter evolved into a pursuit for “another place”.
The title Another Place also symbolizes the removal of the tangible parameter from the intangible internal realm. As a concrete gap is eliminated from its preexisting place, a new perspective should also take shape in another place. The 2014 Another Place series continues from my previous approach of using mixed media to create expressions of material abstraction. Using the “gap” as a symbolic catalyst for life’s rise and fall, hope and dispersion are applied to fulfill life’s aspirations.
The artworks are comprised of imaginative everyday sceneries comprised of many cheap everyday objects, interior construction materials, and household textiles. By juxtaposing blanks with fillings, material dispersion and compositionality of meaning are exchanged and interconnected. Connected parts and also detached yet residual components are mixed together by the various approaches and materials used, with the audience guided on a process of re-compositionality of meaning and a transformation of emotional perception to visualization. Between tangible shapes and implications, reflections and contemplations about the applied materials, displays, and living space are sparked in the audience. If life is like a soap opera, Another Place is then a simple and ordinary script based on life, and the people on this distorted stage are induced to repeatedly recount intertwining everyday words of fiction and reality.
With life’s unknown, we seem to be constantly searching for a light at the end of the dark cave that is life. To me, to create art is to be able to enter into another place, away from reality. The Another Place in my art is a space-time that transcends reality; it moves in a massive darkness. If there is a beam of life filled with memories, it will ignite our energies formed by our spiritual consciousness and guide us through the cold valley of reality.
As we all yearn to find our very own “another place”, we should also strive to become an "another place” for others. This notion of another place is like that far away place that we are gazing at, and it also symbolizes a farewell to the place we are in.
Sponsored by: Artist-in-Residence Taipei - Taiwanese Artist Exchange Program
陳松志歷年多次代表台灣參與國際藝術家駐村以及交換計畫於英國Visiting Arts London、埃及The Townhouse Gallery、法國Cité International des Arts、韓國National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art、台灣The Stock 20等地。過去作品曾獲2013路易威登Louis Vuitton台北藝術徵件計畫首獎、第12屆李仲生基金會視覺藝術獎得主、第二屆易雅居藝術獎得主、第三屆台新藝術獎年度七大視覺藝術、2003台北美術獎優選等，自2001年起陸續發表個展，並受邀參與多項國內外重要聯展。歷年作品並獲國立台灣美術館、文化部藝術銀行及私人收藏。現居住創作於台灣台北、台中。
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