Chen Sung-Chih: A Fork in the Road
Voir là in Time Zones Project Fulfill Art Space 10th Anniversary Special Projects Part II
Chen Sung-Chih Artist Statement
A Relative Position in Time and a Suspended Situation
—Standing before A Fork in the Road
Text/ CHEN Sung-Chih Translator/ HUANG Liang-Jung
A Fork in the Road showcases a site-specific installation created in accordance with the 10th anniversary special project of Project Fulfill Art Space. The installation, Untitled 2018, makes use of various materials, including synthetic fabric, carpet, active carbon powder, frequency-modulated sound and personal objects, to construct a multi-faceted, sculptural exterior. The work continues my exploration of how forms disintegrate in time and space as well as the cyclic regeneration of meanings and purposes. Through intervention and residual forms, multiple materials repeatedly stir the conscious association between media, space and individual perception, intensifying the dynamic recognition between fantasy and object, and draw spectators to experience an immersive space, yet containing a hindered synchronicity.
As a spatial installation artist, a significant part of the relationship I construct with a given space is founded on experiencing the joy of discovering the unknown aspects of a strange place. Most of the time, the more I analyze, the less insight I gain. In my opinion, composition is not merely a still image but a process of development and execution. More often than not, I would submerge myself and contemplate on all sorts of clues from the space and its layout; and truth be told, they are easy to perceive, yet difficult to select. Being in this site that I am most familiar with, I could foresee the gaze of individuals that will be standing there. Therefore, my task involves how to re-examine the habitual rejection and fear stemming from individual consciousness, and to bring them together appropriately so that they can co-exist as a form that encompasses time and space.
The exhibition title, A Fork in the Road, beckons at exploring the intangible obsession and confusion behind the disappearing, illusory appearance of physical matter. For this exhibition, I continue to use synthetic fabric to create forms and convey meanings. In the gallery space, monochromatic textile and readymade objects are used to create visual obstructions and barriers, visualizing a relative position in time that suggests a relationship lost in physical reality. The carpet on the floor is covered with active carbon powder that visualizes organic traces of human existence. One can see a few pairs of personal shoes are interspersed while hearing frequency-modulated sounds. All these have come to symbolize the absence of subjective existence in the varying surrounding and disturbance of events. Numerous disappearing, fragmented forms emphasize the re-writing of spiritual meaning in a changing process that creates an open narrative about situations. Although we are immersed in it, we seem to stand aloof while still being interconnected. This is a process of creating and reconstructing objects and space, as we perceive some insignificant material that subtly interferes with reality, and visualize the weaknesses and lack within this physical dimension, establishing the poetic boundary of form and meaning. In the past, we have observed evolving interpretations of aesthetic patterns through the cultural consciousness of different time periods. For me, viewing the work as a blank space represents the unrestrained temporal beauty of filtering, reversing humanity, as well as the destruction (and regeneration) of materiality through unadorned delineation. This relative position of scenes is not a representation of a suspended situation; instead, it manifests as an ensemble of traces that substantiates life (or texture).
At this point, if I have lost you in describing my intention, it is perfectly alright. You are like the distracting “cigarette/smoke.” Apart from understanding the reason of existence validated by concrete relationships, there has always been a mystery that drives innumerous motives and idealized imagination. Untitled 2018 is an interactive combination of performance and concept, which portrays the complex relations when an individual is placed within a system. The expression of “a fork in the road” suggests a stop at a forked path, and implies the indeterminate and multi-layered perception in addition to human vision. All the unknown evocation and disorientation seem to always become pervasive before consciousness judgment and comprehension. The elusive, changing images will continue to disrupt and disorientate bodily perception, and call attention to the perceptive logic established by the spatial installation that evolves around physical exploration; and in reverse, it will define the distance between civilization and the untamed nature.
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