時間 2019/06/21 09:00 ~ 2019/09/24 17:00
Born on Tatsung Street, Tainan (a market street known for the manufacture of woven rush raincoat; now Jhongming Street, West Central Dist.), Kuo left for Japan to study painting in 1926, graduated from Tokyo Fine Arts School in 1932, went to Manchuria for sketching in 1937, and finally settled down in Beiping (now renamed Beijing) in 1938, where he taught at several institutions of arts education such as Beiping Art School. Going through the politico-economic turbulence of the war years, Kuo had a revolutionary spirit of artistic creation. After acquainting himself with other master painters such as Umehara Ryuzaburō and Huang, Pin-Hung, Kuo became eager to make real breakthrough in his painting style, and therefore he devoted a great deal of effort to the blend of different materials and pigment. Eventually, he blazed a trail by applying oil paints on rice paper, through which he not only embodied the local color of his hometown, but also formed his inimitable style. Kuo accentuated that the relational trinity of “zeitgeist, national ethos, and self-realization” is not only the name of the game in painting, but also the underlying philosophy on which he bases his career as an artist.
Back in his hometown Taiwan after the war ended, Kuo managed to apply his extensive teaching experience gained in the pre-war period to the promotion of local artistic literacy. In terms of the blend of rice paper and oil pigment, he harnessed the visual and experience of brilliant subtropical sunlight, exhibiting a captivating mix of transparency and chroma. Titled “Transparent Local Color,” this exhibition treats the “transparency” of Kuo’s oeuvre as a visual form, referring to the composition, spatial arrangement, material interpretation, imbricated colors, and chiaroscuro of his works. Tracing Kuo’s lifetime experience of multiple cultures, this exhibition also seeks to stimulate cogitation upon the idea of “local color,” thereby restoring the local implication and particular significance of Kuo’s sui generis painting style.