Monologue of the brave-Wang, Ting-Yu Solo Exhibition
Text/ Wang Ting-Yu
Continued with the monochrome style, Monologue of the Brave, through "repainting" the images, conducts an interesting exercise in the form of painting. The search for existing/conscious imagery for representations of visual and other senses has become a basic manifestation to all art creators of visual and other senses, while the purpose of which is an attempt to arouse sympathetic responses from viewers with similar experience (with certain images, still). To creators, in fact, the transition from conscious imagery to the outside appearance exhibited in artistic material seems to be a mystery without clues; pretty much similar to a sand dune under constant blowing wind with no one being able to predict what it will look like the next second.
No matter whether the final manifestation is to be abstract or concrete, in what appearance will the images and symbols in one's memory be transformed? No one is conscious of the posture of oneself during sleep because one's consciousness is moving along in a parallel line. In frottage, a method of art creation developed by surrealistic painter Max Ernst to explore the subconscious, the artist makes rubbing over a textured surface and then creates various strange-looking images out of imagination based on the patterns of graining captured earlier. In short, it is an imaginative form of visual effect evolved from special textures of certain objects.
My works in this exhibition are based on an attempt at a quasi- frottage method. I repainted the images (the subjects) in front of me, polished them with rubbing technique, and then depicted them by brushing, marking and staining techniques focused on the polished graining. Through such surface treatment, a self-examination is performed on the way that images are viewed with an aim to analyze physicality of paintings versus flatness of images. However, results turned out to be the loss of meaning of images which could not be retrieved even through painting, leaving us nothing but a long sigh.
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