That's another story

14 Feb 2017, 2:27 p.m. | Archive

The series "That's Another Story" consists of nine paintings, based on the Belgian artist Rene Magritte and the American artist Edward Hopper, exploring how surrealism meets loneliness.

The series started with a simple idea, to combine the realist Hopper with the surrealist Magritte into a new story. I wanted to create pieces that the viewer would find both familiar and new. An invitation to imagine their own story for each painting.

As the paintings took shape, I realised that the combination of Hopper and Magritte also reflected my situation living in a foreign place, far from home.

You see a person or an animal that is out of place, looking at an environment into which it doesn’t really belong. The grumpy pig, the white horse, the man painting into the air, they all superficially fit into the image, and you can imagine a story for them.

But looking at them, I feel a bit sad. It seems to me that they are in the world, but not part of it, looking for a connection.

I still see carefree playfulness in these paintings - the bright colours, the juxtaposition of the real and the surreal - but I also see an undercurrent of loneliness.

#那是,另一個故事
這個系列作品,始自於一個很簡單的概念,透過結合兩個風格截然不同藝術家的經典作品,進而延伸出全然不同的故事內容;我好想讓觀看者,能夠在這9幅圖畫裡,找出那種似曾相識得情緒,或是體悟出那只屬於自己的心情故事。
當整個系列畫到將近最後幾幅,我了解到自己為什麼淺意識裡,在一開始就自主性的選擇Hopper和Magritte這兩個藝術家,似乎他們的作品反映著自己的性格和心境,那種持續想與現實劃分的自己,而也因此陷入異鄉人對這裡環境無法融入的寂寞。
你會看見總是有個人,有個生物,他們確實是在畫面裡,卻好像又不是那麼的想在那裡,他們眼裡的世界不屬於他們;但那畫面裡的世界,卻也沒有排斥嘗試融入的他們。
其實自己看久了覺得很難過,世界之大,色彩爛漫,可是找不到容身立命的地方,索性就停滯在那裡,不會變好也不會壞掉.時間是真空狀.真實與超真實對比並置,寂寞在想躁動。

Something a bit old, but the ideas are still new