手心的對話—潘元石雕版印刷教學特展 Dialogues in Palms—The Exhibition of Woodcut Prints by Pan, Yuan-shih
名稱 手心的對話—潘元石雕版印刷教學特展 Dialogues in Palms—The Exhibition of Woodcut Prints by Pan, Yuan-shih
時間 2021/05/15 09:00 ~ 2021/11/14 18:00
Pan, Yuan-Shih (born in 1936) is not merely an artist at Tainan art and culture circle, but once art teacher, chairman of Tainan Fine Art Research Association, and director of Chimei Museum. Under such diverse titles, Pan always passionately commits to dedication of Tainan art education.
Grew up at the Rice Street of Tainan (Now Xinmei Street), Pan was deeply attracted by printed New Year pictures and thus develops fonds of print making. After graduated from Art Department of Tainan Normal College (Now National University of Tainan) in 1955, Pan was recommended by principal to Tainan School of Mute and Blindness (In 1968 the school was divided to School of the Visually Impaired and School for the Hearing-impaired Students). Since then, he has realized the art education. While teaching at School for the Hearing-Impaired Student, Pan promoted prints art to awaken disabled students’ art cultivation. From 1960s on, he presents many essays on print art education and fine art education for special education students and won academic publications award by Ministry of Education.
In addition, Pan has been neighbor next to book plates collector Lai, Chien-Ming. After retired in 1986, Pan made acquaintance with well-renowned Japanese folk literature and art specialist Mitsuru Nishikawa (1908 – 1999) through referral from Lai, Chien-Ming and Tainan City Government. They befriended with each other because of mutual fondness of prints and book plates. Book plates also emerges as another art career for Pan. His book plates have been recognized with awards from many countries in the world. In 1990s he actively promoted book plate culture to Taiwan audience. He frequently organized book plate-related exhibitions, wrote special essays, and founded Taiwan Book Plate Association. After 2000, he traveled between Taiwan and Demark to facilitate Taiwan join International Federation of Ex - libris Societies (FISAE), which makes book plate creation at Taiwan come to international stage.
After leaving School for the Hearing-Impaired Students where he served for 25 years, Pan was appointed as Tainan branch Director of Hsin Yi Foundation Preschool Education Library, CEO to Tainan Culture Foundation and Chimei Foundation respectively, and Director of Chimei Museum. He continues to promote art education at Tainan, and cultivate art administrative human resources to offer a solid operational base for Tainan Art Foundation and Chimei Museum. In the meanwhile, he used leisure time to collect antiquities and artifacts that were discarded or about to be torn down and reported to the government for their attention. Therefore, he contributed to the preservation of historical artifacts at Tainan.
Art creation and print design are often closely associated with artists’ handling. When Pan taught kids with hearing impaired or mental retardation, he encouraged them to be in the Nature and to contact with pigment and painting equipment. By using the sharp and sensitive nerve of finger tips during art creating, it could further stimulate development of brain and enhance children’s spatial and tactile experiences. Consequently, this special exhibition chooses “Dialogues in Palms” as title to deliver the fact that Pan taught children to create art with hands to enrich life, to boot confidence, and to communicate with others, as well as to present another focus in his art education career – book plates that can be placed in palm, with the nature of prints to initiate conversations between old times and new age. Through prints and book plates that were carefully created by Pan and related teaching documentations and tools, this exhibition presents his devotion to special education students, print art, and culture development at Tainan.
Artist: Pan, Yuan-Shih (born in 1936)
Curators: Yi-Hsuan Kuo, Kai-Ching Hsiao, Chi-Han Chen
I. Hand to Touch the Homeland
The art creation of Pan, Yuan-Shih has been deeply influenced by prints. From watching printed New Year pictures at Rice Street (Now Xinmei Street) in childhood, to academic cultivation at Tainan Normal College (Now National University of Tainan), including inspiration from book plates later, print making has remained the major artistic presentation in Pan’s life. The subject matters of his prints are also closely associated with the land he grew up. Whether scenes in daily life memories or historical sites and artifacts that are exclusively of Tainan Castle Town (Tainan City), those images are transformed into outlines and graphics with rich palette presentation. His artworks not only are amusing, but also depict this creator’s nostalgia toward life and surroundings in this homeland.
II. Hand to Devote to Education
“The most cherishing and valuable years in my life, are those when I worked for special education. Giving all my love and patience to the hearing-impaired children means the world to me. If I had chance in next life, I would have still chosen to devote to special education. I believe I would have done better and more efficient.”
Pan, Yuan-Shih has contributed at local education over half century and receives countless educational and art and cultural medals. Regardless hearing-impaired students or preschool children, one could always see his patient and calm presence as teacher around those students. Because of his fondness of monotype and book plates, Pan often adopts prints as a medium of teaching. In addition to teaching aesthetics, he uses art education to helps students regaining confidence by encouraging them creating artworks and deploying their talents.
III. Hand to Inherit Color-Paints
Born and grew up at Tainan, Pan, Yuan-Shih witnesses the development and evolution of hometown for six decades and deeply involves with art and culture on this land. He is deeply concerned with artistic and cultural images in categories including folk, religion, and historical sites. No matter which positions he works, Pan always makes best effort to preserve antiquities and artifacts of old times and further promotes related preservation, exhibitions, and research. He also solely contributes to collecting antiquities and images that are about to disappear. In this exhibition, some signatural pieces from Pan’s personal collection are shown to provide viewers better understanding of art and cultural development at Tainan.