Resident Artist TIF SUNG & Yuchen Jao Solo Exhibition- Matter Matters as a Matter of Fact
Opening: 29 September 10:00
Date: 29 September to 26 December
Venue: Gallery A4-1, Siao-Long Cultural Park
Materiality is the starting point of our research. From nearby factories and local craftsmen, we collected leftover materials and unsold inventory, ranging from webbing straps, marble scraps, to even paper flyers from Siao-long Cultural Park. The industries we’ve collected materials from, although seemingly unrelated, have woven an invisible network, supporting the region’s cultural and economic structure.
These collected materials are applied indiscriminately in our sculptures, of which the structure and the form are constructed by plaster and the plain weave technique for their strong relevance to local culture. Plaster was a by-product of salt making while basketry, which could be used for tool repair, was widely seen in households of salt workers as a subsidiary income.
As looking for proper materials, we also got inspiration from balconies in various designs which embellish the streetscape of Jiali. These outward-facing balconies, a critical part in a tableau vivant of the town, are symbols of self-expression of their houseowners. Specifically, a particular type of gridded tiles reappear consistently on balconies in different households, becoming a common expression of these multifarious balconies. Thus, the formal vocabulary of the tiled grid and the architectural elements borrowed from the balconies of Jiali are manifested in our sculptures.
Moreover, the balcony, acting as a liminal space that brings the outdoors into the private space, can be extremely significant during the current global pandemic. That’s why we’ve built a fountain, symbolizing a communal space, in hopes to breathe and stretch one’s arms again in the days ahead.