Artist-In-Residence Program @ Jeju, South Korea, 2016
Osolog (오소록), local dialect of Jeju Island, indicates secret shortcuts or hidden pathways.
Through the 10 olles, 2 mountains, 2 islands and more than 130km of walk, I tried to feel, measure and learn from Jeju, this volcanic black island with my steps in the past 2 months.
With all those well-known natural elements here: water, sunlight, basalt and oleum, I take several different “ways” to complete my measurement.
Some ways are beautiful, some are hidden and still some are extremely difficult but inspiring. They are all my “osologs”.
URBAN NOMAD 도시 유목민
acrylic and paint on container
Art Barn is similar to a commune of urban nomad, and to live here is a totally different life experience to me compared with my city life in Taiwan.
Here I live and work in a container, and I try to imagine how my lifestyle should be in the wild.
It’s just like a everyday life catalogue (or like an IKEA one), to list up what I need and build up an image of how an ideal modern life should be, however, are they really necessary to live in Art Barn...?
Art Barn is located in a countryside, which means the neighborhood and passersby are not so specifically focused on, or show strong interests in art.
That’s why I try to make a work out of the gallery, which could be considered a special scene in the nature or an interesting tourist spots.
I hope that it could let people stop by, take photos with and at the same time make a visit to Art Barn and get to know what on earth these artists doing in this “barn of art”.
working process in time lapse
video installation & performance
size depends on space
The experience of trekking in the wild, hidden trail is like exploring a labyrinth and always concerning the time - to finish the route before sunset.
Only the sunlight tells me where to go, but it’s not always there...
In the video I try to grasp the vague vision and confused mental status on my trekking way, with a voice telling me how long the way I’ve walked and the time I’ve spent.
At the final part of this work, I use a pencil to write on the screen, with the clues from shadow and light of the video and branches.
What I write is the actual thoughts on the way — or a stream of my consciousness: those regret, murmur, whining and of course sometimes its just pure excitement.
Ink on paper album
The genesis myth of Jeju Island: Seolmundae Halmang (설문대 할망) impresses me really much, and the idea of pulling up the peak of Hallasan and making it Sanbangsan is particularly interesting.
How could it be in reality, if the mountain truly moved 25km? I merge various cultural elements of Jeju and retell another fictional myth of Jeju.
For this work I compose a 25-line poem in ancient form of Chinese literature, which reveals not only the distance but also how the story goes with time, from the beginning to the end.
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