藉石練心 - 周珠旺個展
Cultivate the heart through painting of stone
展期 | 2022/11/05 (六) - 012/25 (日) 週日週一休館
展覽地點 | 台南市中西區友愛街315號
Exhibition Date | 2022/11/05 (Sat.) - 12/25 (Sun) Closed on Sunday and Monday
Venue | No. 315, You'ai St., West Central Dist., Tainan City
新石頭記 —— 周珠旺疫情時代的修行
The New Chapter of the Stone
The Cultivation Path of Chou Chu-Wang in the New Pandemic Era
Article written by : Hsieh Suchen
Nû Wā mended the sky with The Five-Colored Stone to save the world. Jiâ Baô-Yù entrusted his soul to the stone in order to reincarnate his love once more. A garden without the presence of the stone is not a garden, or “Wú Shí Bù Chéng Yuán”, is the aesthetic senses of the literati. Using the distinguishing feature of a classical Chinese garden, “ An Appearance beyond an Appearance, a Scene beyond a Scene”, the literati express freely of their senses to the peak of its state. If the mountain and river are the medium for the literati to open up and create freely, then it wouldn’t be difficult to understand how Chou Chu-Wang can bring out the reform temperament of a ritual chanting from the stones that lies with the bank of Southern Taiwan, bathed and washed away by years under the scorching sun.
My first impression of Chou Chu-Wang; a simple dressed man with thick messy hair and a humble smile, welcoming us with his shy and inarticulate Southern Taiwan accent. In 2003, he received ‘Kaohsiung Award’ from Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, then in 2007 the ‘Taipei Art Award’ from the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Neither of these two awards were presented to conceptual artists with astonishing contemporary techniques that year. But rather, it was awarded to Chou Chu-Wang’s realistic and straightforward graphic paintings. As if it was giving a proper name for artists that still create with a classic, traditional attitude, then to contemporary artists that always quest for the new and curious.
Because of his family background, Chou Chu-Wang would bow his head to collect duck eggs every morning, ever since he was a child. His daily routine; waking up early, bending down to pick up duck eggs, then placing them accordingly in the right spot before going to school. These routines are like lights and shadows that indelible engraved the mark of life.. Perhaps those two major art awards were presented to him was because the judges perceived the most moving element from his work, be aways passionate and inspired by our feelings for life. These washed and repositioned stones were laid out on the canvas and became the enlightenment to Chou Chu-Wang’s mind, like a ritual to move back to where the soul is.
The stones in his works are not waves that drifted with current; It’s the simplicity and honesty of Heaven and Earth, the afterglow from the scorching sun, the righteousness of wind moving in all directions, and the clarity of the vast open world. It is not a clamor of contemporary thinking, but rather an evolutionary respect for heaven and earth, a landscape of the present regress in simplicity .
Although art is prosperous, good art possesses a clear and solid atmosphere that resonates with nature and requires no words.