時間 2020/10/23 10:00 ~ 2021/04/25 18:00
Tainan artist Cheng-Hsiung Chen was born in Anping in 1942. In 1955, he began to study carving, first at a temple statue shop in Beigang, and then with the Lukang master Huan-Mei Lee. After he finished his apprenticeship in 1958, he continued to work on temple woodcarving projects. He not only left traces of his craft in temples in Yunlin and Chiayi, but also created wood sculptures and caisson ceilings for Tainan Xiluo Temple, Anping Tianhou Temple, and Kaohsiung Chaofeng Temple. In addition to following the traditional temple carving techniques, Cheng-Hsiung Chen began exploring new territory in 1960. Using portraits and themes from daily life, he gradually shifted his focus to depicting groups of laborers, outsiders, and ordinary people, gradually establishing a style of his own. In the 1970s and 1980s, he won countless awards for works of such themes; he even became a member of Japan’s Shinkouzou Society, and was honored with the "Sculpture Award” at the Shinkouzou Exposition.
The themes found in Cheng-Hsiung Chen's works are inspired by the cultural characteristics of Taiwanese society; in his art, people are the central subject. Not only do his works have the realism of portraits, but he also uses the postures of the figures to create an overall emotional atmosphere. The transmission of these emotions comes from Chen's observation of Tainan life and his personal habits. He is full of emotions because he needs to mull over them while he is in the process of creating. In addition, sculptures differ from two-dimensional works in that they can be appreciated by the audience from all angles. Besides the sculptures of solitary figures, Chen also creates emotional flow from the interaction between the figures in his group sculptures.
As this exhibition is a preliminary exhibition, it will focus on Cheng-Hsiung Chen’s most famous works: the Fishermen series, which combine two of the aforementioned characteristics of Chen's work; Group in Front of the Temple; and Nanguan and Beiguan Music. The exhibition is the TAM’s attempt to showcase Cheng-Hsiung Chen’s sculptural skills with the masterpieces from his mature period, and depict personal emotions as well as scenes of Tainan with his Temple and Nanguan group sculptures. The title of the exhibition is Anping—Peace—People; other than highlighting Anping, Cheng-Hsiung Chen's hometown and inspiration, the TAM also wishes to express the ordinary people’s wish for peace found in Chen’s depiction of them working hard, enjoying the harvest, and living happily.
陳正雄 Cheng-Hsiung Chen