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Rockin’ the Art of Stone Sculpture- Hualien Stone Sculpture Museum Exhibition
In the early 19th century, the Chinese migrants who came from Yilan settled in the estuary region of the Hualien River and formed a village. The name "Hualien" was derived from the fact that when the surging waters of Hualien River flow into the Pacific Ocean, mixing with the waters of the Pacific Ocean to form churning waves. These waves are called "Hui-lan", and later the village was named as "Hualien" according to its homophone in Chinese. Hualien, renowned as the "Hometown of Stones" , is located in the eastern Taiwan, with its breathtaking mountains and seascapes, warm weather, abundance of agricultural and fishery products, and natural mineral veins. Hualien is especially famous for its world-class marble and jade. Hualien's unique natural conditions have led to the development of a unique regional cultures of humanity and art of stone sculpture.
The Hualien Stone Sculpture Museum, the only stone sculpture museum in Taiwan, was invited by the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum to hold its first inter-library exchange exhibition. This exhibition will promote its rich collection to the international stage through the influence of inter-library exchanges. The confrontation: "Tension" formed by the natural environment: "Mountains and Sea" is interpreted through the artist's inner philosophy: "Ethereal", which speaks of the endless cycle of migrations: "Hui-lan", between people and species, people and the natural environment over generations. Stone sculptor Gelber Ilan's work "Passion" contains numerous stone seeds of pomegranate, the symbol of life, fertility and love since ancient times. Like the sculptor's passionate commitment, his precise mastery of the medium and his delicate workmanship represent the creative spirit of the sculptor and also symbolize the spirit of craftsmanship evinced in this exhibition.
In this exhibition, there are 25 creations included in five series: I. "Mountains and Sea", II. "Ethereal", III. "Hui-lan", IV. "Tension", and V. "Interaction". The sculptors' professionalism, with delicate shapes, insistence on perfection, and emphasis on handwork, will lead the public into the aesthetic beauty of shapes, colors, and materials. The artists' passion, romance, and imaginative power will be transformed into a figurative and abstract vocabulary to create a dialogue with all sentient beings.
Hualien's stone sculptors will not only let you know more about the "Hometown of Stones" , but also let you feel "the warmth of stone sculpture" by "interaction" to make the warmth exceeded. You will visit the exhibition site with inspiration and feel the awakened mind of enlightenment within a frowning or a smile.
I. Mountains and Sea
Hualien is located between the mountains and the sea, and its humanity and scenery are all encompassed in the Hualien's magnificent Pacific Coast. A stone sculptor is just like a spiritual cultivator, interpreting life in the scenery seen and unseen.
Regarding the theme of Mountains and Sea, the artists have purified their feelings to transform them into the stone sculpture after experiencing the natural wonders of Hualien through direct observation. This area includes "Days in Hualien" sculpted by Tsai, Wen-Ching, which is based on his experience of living in Hualien, and Huang, Ching-Hui's "Floating Island" which is telling the philosophy: the myriad things, when contemplated in stillness, are all obtained of themselves, is unique and independent of the world. In addition, "Wind", a freehand work by Hsu, Li-Hsien, "Mountain and River", an abstract work by Li, Chi-Man, which reconstructs the fractured stone, and Peng, Chun-Ju's "Central Mountain Range", is based on her image when she opens the window of her home and starts gazing at the Central Mountain Range. Through the process of calling the spirit with the material, it stirs up the subtle nature and gradually refreshes the blurred face of the stubborn stone.
Throughout the works in this area, the sculptors have the philosophy of "thinking of the stone" and "knowing the heart" - gazing in the material, crossing the boundary of reality, and sensing life. They depicted the peaceful and tranquil beauty of Hualien. The use of "leaving white space" of traditional Chinese painting to form the sculptural vocabulary "negative space" is Oriental philosophy. It is a metaphor for the Unity of Man and Nature and the Harmony of Things and Environment in Oriental aesthetics.
空靈 (Ethereal) is a Chinese word pronounced kōng líng, meaning flexible and inscrutable. In Taoist philosophy, it means a person or thought that is flexible and inscrutable, having emptiness and quiet with a fresh and flexible vibe.
In this area, there are works such as "Admiring The Moon In The Mountains" by Fan, Jiung-Lieh, "Lying Down" by Wang, Kuo-Hsien, "Wind Door" by Hitoshi Tanaka, and "Horizon" by Zoran Grinberg. The exhibition area gives people a sense of silence and feeling the moon in the sky. It makes the viewer look around freely and feel a sense of ethereality. The artistic expression of the artist's sculpting technique is simple and clean, plain and ethereal, weakening the sense of solid volume. There is the freshness of laying down and letting go of self-attachment. The viewer can feel the ethereality of creation, the transcendent experience of walking into the landscape painting and floating out of the world - the experience of being in the paradise for an artist is being alone for the art.
Among the works in this area, especially "Lying Down" and " Admiring The Moon In The Mountains" are the most oriental thinking. Western stone sculptors use negative space to depict space, air, and other airy atmosphere.
In Oriental aesthetics, water is often chosen as the subject of creation, and the attributes of water are elevated to the level of describing personality. The attributes of stone and water are very different, one is rigid and the other is soft. If there is a common point, it is the clarity and flexibility of water, which comes from the same earth as stone.
In the 12 editions and 25 years of Hualien International Stone Sculpture Festivals, stone sculptors from countries have always preferred to represent the theme of water, bringing out the curves and colors of Hualien's ocean. The works in this series include "Love with Sunrise" by Wei, Yung Hsien ", Love's Drop" by Yoshin Ogata, "Vibrant Color" by Hou, Lien-Chin, "Ripple Silence" by Liu, Ting-Yi, "The Ripples" by Cynthia Sah, and "Gate of Water" by Tatsumi Sakai.
In this theme, the sculptors use geometry and realism to bring the senses into the viewer's mind.
In artistic expression, "tension" is a very imaginative technique. Literally, "tension" refers to the existence of a pulling force in a virtual or real space, where the space is divided into two parts and the pulling force is generated between them. The nature of "pulling" can also be generalized to refer to voices, emotions, thoughts, choices, visions, life directions, etc., not just physical tensions.
This series includes "Wind Direction" by Huang, Ho, "Illusion in Space" by Wu, Ming-Sheng, "Chasing The Light" by Feng, Chao-Tsung, "Rhapsody" by Gheorghi Filin, "Silent Light Behind The Hill" by Hsiang, Kuang-Hua, and "Inexplicable" by Liu, Shun-Tien. The above works are uniquely similar in that they all have a single body, utilizing two identical elements, intertwined and fused. It conveys the warmth of mutual attraction between all sentient beings.
The stone sculptors intended to represent the human spirit in bondage, a metaphor for the mutual extinction of rationality and sensuality. We can only regain our freedom and finally achieve the flexibility of living in the world by releasing the unnecessary shackles of human nature and continuously cultivating out spirituality.
Stone sculptors prefer to use stone for their creations because of its characteristics: warm texture and its dense, brittle texture makes it capable to create a range of sounds. These characteristics have long been used by our ancestors wisely. Therefore, in today's contemporary art, with the emphasis on sensory development, the material characteristic of stone's sound range naturally becomes the first choice of stone sculptors for sound interaction.
The common point of the works in the "Interaction" series is to leave a moment of great feeling and fondest memories. Wang, Biao's "Hear Chilai．Formosa", which makes viewers feel the sound when the wind blows through the forms of Hualien and Taiwan, and Francesco Mazzotta's "Breath of the Stone", which is a dialogue with the winds, and "Stone Phone---Inter-understanding" by Hiroyuki Asakawa, in which stones are used to communicate with each other.