Taiwan’s mixed media artist Wu Chi-tsung (吳季璁) has taken the second leg of his solo exhibition tour across the United Kingdom to Lancaster City. Titled “Recalibrate,” the exhibition drew over 100 British artists, curators, educators, and students on its opening day on Jan. 31.

The exhibition showcases Wu’s works from different periods of his career, including “Wire I,” with which he won the top award of the Taipei Arts Award in 2003, a collection of cyanotypes from the “Wrinkled Textures” series, and a newly commissioned installation — “Crystal City 004.”

Wu’s “Recalibrate” impressed exhibition goers with simple mechanics; the artist combined basic mechanic principles with elements from traditional Chinese landscape (“shan shui”) ink paintings to create moving landscapes.
The opening day also featured a forum, in which art lecturers Sarah Casey and Gerry Davies explored Wu’s use of modern lighting and traditional Chinese art motifs in his works.

Davies was curious whether the emphasis on integration with traditional Chinese art was a contemporary trend in Taiwan. In response, Wu said that the Asian approach is just the opposite of the West.

While the former values tradition, however, landscape paintings during the imperial Ming and Qing dynasties lacked creativity and originality. This led many early visual artists in Taiwan to seek inspiration from the West, explained Wu.

Yet, the fact remains that Western aesthetics and artistic styles are not native to Taiwan. Thus, many Taiwanese artists are now exploring the concept of identity by returning to their roots, giving rise to a fusion of contemporary elements with traditional Chinese art forms, Wu pointed out.

When asked about the projector used in the “Wire” series and its resemblance to an old-fashioned reel projector, Wu said that was inspired by the loss of his old camera. After losing his equipment and being unable to afford a new projector, he managed to make a projector, with which he created a mirage to explore how the world shown through the lens of visual media influences people’s views on the real world during the industrial era.

Wu’s exhibition in Lancaster will run through March 21 in a split-site exhibition between the Peter Scott Gallery and The Storey.

The third leg of Wu’s tour in the U.K. will kick off in Sheffield on April 4. The Sheffield edition of “Recalibrate” has also been selected as one of the featured cultural programs of the 2014 Tour de France Cultural Festival.

The co-organizers for the U.K. tour are: The Ministry of Culture, the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester), the Site Gallery (Sheffield), and Live at Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA).

台灣藝術家吳季璁在英國的個展「重新校準」(Recalibrate),1月31日在北英格蘭歷史城市蘭開斯特舉行開幕預展,吸引當地百餘位藝術家、策展人及藝術學院師生到場,對於吳季璁以簡單機械原理創造出的水墨山水與「水晶城市」非常驚豔,包括蘭開斯特市長Eileen Blamire及蘭開斯特大學當代藝術學院藝術聯盟總監Jamie Eastman也出席現場。

這次展覽分別在蘭開斯特大學當代藝術學院Peter Scott藝廊、市中心歷史建築The Storey文創中心展出吳季璁不同時期作品,包括2003年台北美術獎首獎作品《鐵絲網》、《小品》、《皴法習作》、《烟林圖》,及新作《水晶城市004》。觀者進入The Storey藝廊首先可見《鐵絲網》如從月光中緩緩浮現的山水,《烟林圖》猶如逐漸隱没霧中的山水,Peter Scott藝廊策展人Richard Smith笑說,連展場工作人員都常常看到太忘我,半天才回神想起手邊還有工作。

主辦單位並在預展會舉辦座談會,由蘭開斯特大學藝術學院教師Sarah Casey及Gerry Davies與吳季璁對談,他們兩人對於吳季璁作品表現出的中國傳統繪畫特質以及光影的運用特別感興趣。Davies表示,義大利有未來派主張掃除所有的傳統藝術,甚至主張應搗毀既有的博物館、美術館,全部重建,創造全新的藝術,他很好奇這種重視融合傳統藝術的特質是否為台灣當代藝術的潮流。





吳季璁的個展「重新校準」(Recalibrate)由中華民國文化部與英國曼徹斯特華人當代藝術中心(Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art)、蘭開斯特大學當代藝術學院藝術聯盟(Live at LICA)及謝菲爾德(Sheffield )Site藝廊聯合舉辦。

蘭開斯特市長布拉邁爾(Eileen Blamire)及蘭開斯特大學當代藝術學院藝術聯盟總監伊斯特曼(Jamie Eastman),都盛讚吳季璁的作品,並特別感謝文化部的支持。


主辦單位另舉辦座談會,由蘭開斯特大學藝術學院教師凱西(Sarah Casey)及戴維斯(Gerry Davies)與吳季璁對談,他們對於吳季璁作品,表現出中國傳統繪畫特質,以及光影的運用特別感興趣。