林書楷 Lin, Shu-Kai視覺藝術Visual Arts
Born in Tainan in 1983, Lin earned his MFA from the School of Fine Arts in Taipei National University of the Arts. Growing up in Tainan, Lin has been observing its cityscape. From the intersecting streets of Dutch town planning in Provintia to the radial streets and the grid plan under Japanese rule, Tainan’s urban layout has followed the patterns after WWII and taken on an organic character. The project of building a temple is based on the concept of Tainan’s urban development.
Responding to the annual project ‘Kau-Puê, Mutual Companionship in Near Future: Folk Art Parade ✕ Design Exhibition’, four Taiwanese artists were selected to conduct residency in Soulangh Artist Village. The project, Building a Temple in Companionship, is co-organized by the temple-painting artist, Jiun-yang Li, visual artist, Shu-kai Lin, the successor of Hsin-Hsing Paper Sculpture Store, Xu-zhan Zhang, and woodcraft artist, Zih-Yan Chiou.
This project aims to carry out a ritual of ‘Kau-Puê’, mutual companionship, through the dialogues of different forms of art. The artists constructed artistic languages and symbols based on life and belief of local community. The concept is to imagine the foundation of a temple (house) is an altar built up by Jiun-yang Li’s traditional colored drawing based on the imagery of folk belief, Shu-kai Lin’s large-scale painting, Xu-zhan Zhang’s 3 dimensional paper sculptures, Zih-Yan Chiou’s construction of the temple’s wooden structure. With the artworks piling up, expanding, and multiplying like an organism, the exhibition space turned into a massive temple welcoming the audience and leading them into a fantasy world of the artists.