李俊陽 Li, Jiun-Yang視覺藝術Visual Arts
Li was born in Taitung in 1967. His father was a painter of movie posters. Li has been engaged in colored drawing of temples, painting of movie posters, calligraphy, making heads of Taiwanese glove puppets, and multi-media installations. Traditional elements widely used in his works have not limited his creations. Being a boundary-pushing artist, Li has been challenging existing systems with perceptive observation. For him, personality and attitude define one’s painting style. Painting technique is just a form. What is more important is to create while discovering the freedom of mind.
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.