張徐展 Zhang, Xu-Zhan視覺藝術Visual Arts
藝術家訪談紀錄片 Artist Video
Born in Sinjuang, New Taipei City in 1988, Zhang is the fourth generation of “Hsin-Hsing Paper Sculpture Store” family and is skilled with animation. His works have been selected in the permanent collection of young artists in the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Zhang’s creations, which usually combine animation, videos, expanded image, and experimental films, reflect the absurdity of society from an individual’s perspective and the survival experiences of his family artistry in a difficult era.
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.