廖修平：跨越疆界的最前線 LIAO: Frontline/ Frontier
名稱 廖修平：跨越疆界的最前線 LIAO: Frontline/ Frontier
時間 2021/10/14 10:00 ~ 2022/02/28 18:00
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廖修平生於1936年，出生於臺灣臺北市，為家庭內排行第四子。1959年自臺灣省立師範大學（現國立臺灣師範大學）藝術系畢業；1962年進入日本東京教育大學（Tokyo University of Education，今筑波大學前身）教育學部藝術學科繪畫專攻；1965年進入法國巴黎國立高等美術學院（École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts）。在積累美術學院深厚學術基礎與技術底蘊的同時，他以自幼成長環境中所見的民俗信仰文化作為基點，精鍊出獨特的創作語彙，於藝壇嶄露頭角，獲得國際注目。在藝術家的作品中，可以看到他對多元媒材的創作實踐：無論版畫，抑或是油畫、雕塑、複合媒材，皆反映了他對藝術全神貫注的探索與窮極。
Liao Shiou-ping was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1936 as the fourth child in the family. After graduating from Taiwan Provincial Teachers College (now the National Taiwan Normal University) with a degree in Fine Arts in 1959, he continued his art studies at Tokyo University of Education (now the University of Tsukuba), Japan in 1962 with a specialization in painting and later moved to Paris to study at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in 1965. With a solid academic training and the internalized use of techniques, he drew on the folk region and culture he grew up with to create and polish a unique artistic vocabulary which made his name in the art circles as well as the international art scenes. His oeuvre perfectly reveals his multi-media practices, featuring a wide range of works such as prints, oil painting, sculpture, and mix-media to mirror his dedication to exploring every possibility of art.
Tainan Art Museum presents Liao Shiou-ping’s solo exhibition as a chronicle, where more than 150 selected exhibits offer a retrospective view of his entire artistic career starting from the schooldays through the various stages of his practices. The sub-themes are different geographical coordinates to metaphorically anchor the artist’s travels between his native land and other cities in the post-war global turbulence, while viewers may follow the path as an alternative way of viewing through the exhibition.
The exhibition also features an accumulative archive of the sketches, manuscripts, documents, publications, video and photographic materials from the artist side by side with the exhibits for a comprehensive analysis. Most importantly, Liao’s experiences in the “Atelier” outside his academic studies since the 1960s, the attempt to expand his artistic territory and to position himself in the institutionalized international contemporary art scenes, which has been reshaped after the WWII, by remaining active in competitions and exhibitions are first brought to our attention. In the 1970s, Liao started a printmaking studio at National Taiwan Normal University, introducing the most advanced printmaking ideas and technologies to Taiwan, categorized as Modern Printmaking, and promote it nationwide through higher education and a myriad of media to open up a new horizon of possibilities for local artist communities and young art students as well.
Different from most of our previous solo exhibitions with categories decided by media or styles, the exhibition Frontline/ Frontier offers a penetrating theme to provide a comprehensive analysis of the artist’s multiple practices of this key gesture through the six decades of his artistic career, exploring the various aspects such as the strategy to decide a subject, choice of media, development of visual styles, etc. The sub-themes are anchored with cities including Tokyo, Paris, and New York where Liao has worked and lived to fulfill the dedication of an artist. It thus builds a geographical network, accompanied by first-hand documents and materials which had never been showed publicly before as a reconfirmation of his active visibility in the major art scenes discussed in related studies. On the other hand, from what is behind the artwork, especially the machine operated by the body or the presence of the original plate, it echoes the artist’s essential pursuit to use the body as the medium of the production and to return to the matrix as he commands the vocabulary of the media.
Confronting the trends of the world, Liao remains at the frontier, where he secures his solid artistic vocabulary and relentlessly continues his practices. On the other hand, in the atelier which has nurtured modern printmaking through the guidance of print artist collectives, he further takes advantage of his influence from the frontline to nourish and direct the future trends in the arts and culture of Taiwan. As we enter the exhibition space to be part of his artistic career spanning over sixty years, we may have a more comprehensive visualization of his unique world of art built on a network of cultural, social, and international realities.
Curatorial Team: Chang Hung-yen, Huang Jing-jung