Half Moons I兩個半圓

This project is part of “Incurable Nostalgia” solo exhibition created during the artist residency at the 18th Street Art Center 此計畫是於18街藝術中心駐村期間完成,並為「不癒之境」個展的一部分

Half moons is a mixed media installation, comprising various elements that each represent a component of hope under the current uncertain time. The edible planter box was inspired by the artist’s involvement in the Venaissance group, a community mixed of housed and unhoused individuals, working collectively to find solutions for the Venice Beach neighborhood formed during the pandemic. The experience has broadened the definition of home from the stationed structure and placed hope for tomorrow through the act of growing mobile gardens.

Another element of the installation utilizes the roof structure extending from the artist’s studio to the gallery space. Two half-moon shape plexiglass mirrors with half of the Chinese character 圓- circle also represents togetherness were carefully installed on the separate ceiling beams. Only when the viewer sees through the round mirror and adjusts the perspective to a particular angle, the separated halves could be returned to a full circle which represents the process of adaptation and the act of projecting hope to the future.

More about 「Incurable Nostalgia」

「兩個半圓」是一個複合媒材裝置,表達在充滿不確定的疫情下,向未來投以希望的作品。此裝置分成兩個部分,第一個部分,是展現疫情所造成的缺憾、分離與不完整。利用切半的圓形鏡面,以及被分成兩半的「圓」字,安裝在天花板的前後樑上。透過牆上的另一個圓形鏡面,在特定的角度下,可以將分開的半圓重新新結合。闡述透過視角的改變,可以彌補的缺憾。

第二個部分,是反應駐村期間參與「Venaissance」工作小組的經驗的啟發,這個由街友、當地居民和社會運動者組成的小組,透過製作可以栽植和保存物品的「移動種植箱」(Plnater Box),分送給維尼斯海灘的遊民們,試圖解決在疫情下日益嚴重的遊民和當地商家和居民的衝突。這種栽植的動作、和替社區的未來而努力的意念,在還看不見盡頭的疫情中,是一種對未來投以希望的練習。

關於「不癒之境」

WORK INFO

  • Medium: A planter box with edible plants, LED grow light, Plexiglas mirrors, timer.
  • Dimensions: Dimensions Variable
  • Year: 2020

作品說明

  • 作品名稱:兩個半圓
  • 材質:移動種植箱、LED種植燈、塑膠鏡面、計時器
  • 尺寸:尺寸依場地而定
  • 年份:2020

Special Thanks To

  • Sultan Sharrief, Najla Sharrief, and Venaissance team (@_venaissance_)
  • This project is part of “Incurable Nostalgia” solo exhibition, generously supported by Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, and 18th Street Art Center.
  • 「不癒之境」感謝文化部、洛杉磯台灣書院、以及18街藝術中心支持與贊助