本次展覽「聲·色現場 – 新竹聲音及色彩譜系」欲透過在地及國際藝術家的視野—2位長居新竹的在地藝術家、2位來自波蘭的城市藝術家 —探討人類的色彩覺知，並進一步聚焦新竹地方色彩的考察。
Colors are, as physics describe, the perception derived from the stimulation of cone cells in the human eye, caused by the light wavelengths in the visible spectrum reflected from objects. Colors, on the other hand, are able to transmit emotions and meanings to human beings. They have been used in visual arts to module the impressions, meanings and symbolism that a visual artwork – from paintings to cinema – can transmit to the viewers.
The exhibition, Note Colors – Sounds And Colors of Hsinchu City, addresses human color perception, further looking into Hsinchu city’s colors, by the eyes of 4 different artists, 2 local Hsinchu residents and 2 Polish urban artists. The urban landscape is full of invisible structures, messages and stories transmitted through its colors, shapes and sounds. For the familiar eye of the local artists, local colors offer a range of subtle tonalities and secret meanings hidden behind the first ray of light striking the city. For the fresh eye of the visiting artist, the city blooms with vivid, raw emotions and feelings.
This exhibition gathers 4 visual artists from different backgrounds invited to see and research Hsinchu from the perspective of its colors. As if each of the artists would be a prism being passed through by a light beam, they create artworks from their own research and experience. Living in Hsinchu, the city with their emotions and memories, CHANG Li-Yeh and LI Ming-Lun capture the city’s colors as painting elements, reviewing the familiar environment in the creating process. Both from Poland, Bartek Świątecki and Maciej Świątnicki are abstract painters who have grown as artists in urban environments, developing each own’s style influenced by cities. In cities, colors are limited. As the prestigious architect Benedetta Tagliabue stated, “Color is something that architects are usually afraid of.” Bartek and Maciej have learnt to see through that limitation in the urban landscape, insufflating their art with color, making it one of the core elements of their creations.
Capturing the warm colors from his daily life and the religious culture, CHANG Li-Yeh portraits massive flourishing trees based on Animism. Observing her dietary culture, LI Ming-Lun expresses the local food colors through a mixture of geometric patterns and flowing lines. Blending Hsinchu’s vibrant colors with his emotions, Bartek Świątecki brings abstract shapes of the buildings and streets into his canvases. Collecting the city’s unique, subtle colors, Maciej Świątnicki arranges the colors into Hsinchu’s day and night with reasons.
The artists explore the city’s colors from their own perspectives. Poland and Taiwan are two countries that not only share an outstanding natural landscape, but also a past marked by totalitarian regimes, which respectively falls motivating their societies to explore new boundaries of freedom and expression, especially in artistic disciplines. In the exhibition, audiences would first contemplate the artists’ previous creations; then experience their color researches and creative process through photos and videos, feeling the influence of Hsinchu colors in their new creations.
On the other hand, the local sound artist LIN Guan Yu collects 13 different sounds in Hsinchu – sounds along the sea and rivers, natural notes in the botanic garden, chords of trains and traffic, and daily tones in markets, hospitals, churches and schools. They are rearranged into the musical creation “Notes of Rainy Season”, indicating the local sounds of the season. In the sound installation “Hsinchu Sound Map”, the audiences are invited to put on the earphones and listen to the collected sounds, while reviewing different parts of the city with the documents.
Hsinchu is a city with abundant cultural heritages and outstanding technology developments, enjoying both rural and urban scenes. The interactive designing team – Game Magician is invited to create the technology art interactive installation “Hsinchu Sounds and Colors”, extending the visual and sound artists’ creations through motion sensing techniques and immersive designs. Entering the artists’ painting and music universe, the audiences could sense and indulge in the notes and colors of Hsinchu, experiencing the city from a new aspect.
【聲•色現場 – 新竹聲音及色彩譜系】
展期｜2019/6/27(四)-2019/9/22(日) 9:00-17:00 (免費參觀，每週一休館)
策展人｜Roberto Machado & 張馨之
視覺藝術家｜張立曄（新竹）、李明倫（新竹）、Maciej Świątnicki（波蘭）、Bartek Świątecki （波蘭）
音樂設計｜ 彌聲Mixing Studio