邱子晏 Chiou, Zih-Yan視覺藝術Visual Arts
Born in Sanyi, Miaoli in 1985, Chiou holds an MFA from the Graduate Program in Fine Arts of National Taiwan University of the Arts. Since 2014, his art practice has focused on “filling the blanks” through comprehensive study and on-site investigation. He attempts to use his works to fill the blanks of historical or political conditions in Taiwan faced by this generation. Building a temple through the expression of contemporary art gives us an insight into the seemingly cooperative but actually a top-down relationship among temples and Gods.
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.