Very Fun Park 2015

Comtemporary Art Exhibition in Taipei's East District

By Fubon Art Foundation

Fubon Art Foundation

The Mountain of Iron Men (2015) by Po-Chun LiuFubon Art Foundation

以時間的軸線撐起經度,緯度上載記金融風暴、全球文化政策的轉型,文創風潮的躍起、城市再生的討論、都市更新的政策、以及大中華經濟崛起後的移動人流、亞洲城市魅力定位的決策等全球議題,這些指涉與文化藝術相關的風向,題目很大,但卻也輾轉影響著《粉樂町》這樣在地的藝術活動,在每一步的規劃與說服的說帖裡仍是被牽引著,然而營造出生活中的遇見,除了視覺的美感經驗外,《粉樂町》也期待發人省思,比對起全球的趨勢,《粉樂町》在持續中不斷符合潮流與向度,細微中轉身,同時也掂量著屬於臺北城東的習性、速度與氣氛,並含蓄的透露出對於美的鑑賞與品味。尺寸不是無牆美術館的最大設限,而是細微處發展對於「町」的執迷,在持續和小角落當中營造屬於臺北城東耐看尋味的細節,透過點與點的連接勾勒出城市的輪廓。

Secret Garden (2015) by Sugiura YasuyoshiFubon Art Foundation

《粉樂町》是藝術與空間的對話,是交融了日常生活後的真實滋味

《粉樂町─臺北東區當代藝術展》行之多年,這座年復一年在炎熱夏季,燃耗大量資源與體力,交織創意和人群的無牆美術館,推動的並不只是個名為「粉樂町」的品牌,而是堅持藝術必須實踐於生活的行動。在展覽中的空間裝置、立體雕塑、攝影、繪畫、聲音、錄像等多元型態的當代藝術樣貌,開放大眾自由欣賞,讓生活場域成為能與藝術直接對話的環境:每日行經的道路、咖啡廳的桌椅、時下流行的穿著服飾、舊時代的古蹟和工廠…等,都成為重新書寫的場景,而藝術的手法、材質、觀念則成為誘發思考的劇情,這樣的劇碼在漫長的時光中定期上演,佐以臺北東區的人文聲線,緩緩吟唱。

Rainbow Rain (2015) by Chieh-Hsin TASIFubon Art Foundation

十處聚落,演繹空間的樣貌

今年的粉樂地圖,依城東街區特性安排展出空間,或聚合、或分散的規劃出藝術地圖,一處展點有多樣的藝術詮釋,不同以往的單點單件,同時提點出生活場域中的空間形態,讓東區複合式的空間組成可以被探尋。往年,《粉樂町》展覽範圍多以忠孝東四段與敦化南路一段之十字腹地為範疇,類型無外乎日常生活與消費場域,將其短暫的轉化為當代藝術展場。時至今日,經驗了9檔次的展出後,發現東區在空間上有更多的型態,反而在探索當中更實踐「町」的意義,在巷弄美學的緣起下,透過小角落發現了細微處的樣態,同時也完善了《粉樂町》最終的意涵,隨興的遇見,在生活當中累積對於美的想像力與養成。

Liquid Space (2015) by Sun K. KwakFubon Art Foundation

《粉樂町》10檔展出,套映千禧後的15年光譜

呼應「十」為長路的標竿,第十次的展出,選定臺北東區十處相異的空間形態作為藝術進駐的聚落,並使用都市內存在但時常忽略的閒置與臨時空間,包括廣場、園區、眷舍、公寓住宅、旅店、里民場域、品牌商店、企業大樓等,聚集近三十位國內外藝術家作品,藉由在地思考,或媒合進行配置的創作方式,發展出具有視覺與身體感的環境裝置,在不同的時空與空間內重新產生對話。

2015VFP-DaanFubon Art Foundation

The ivory-white mansion is situated right between Xinyi Road and Daan Road, the intersection where capitalist investment and daily life of common people meet.Before its renovation, 7 contemporary artists--Xiu Zhen Yin, Ryusuke Ito, Tsan Cheng Wu, Kishimoto Masayuki, Po I Chen, Wan Jen Chen and Wen Fu Yu--respond to the deconstruction and reconstruction of an urban setting. Each of them, through different materials, not only shows their own artistic interpretation of the space but also pours in memories and magical sparks that transcend time and space.

Build(02) (2015) by Wen-Fu YuFubon Art Foundation

"築", the Chinese character for "build", was created with the radical 竹, which is a pictogram for bamboo. 築 and 竹 are also homophones, both pronounced as "zhú".
Built with over 60,000 pieces of 2.4-meter long bamboo slivers, the artwork is a large bamboo surface that spans across 500 square meters. It flows organically across the façade and cancels out the solid concrete building. The artwork conveys the simple beauty and flexible vigor of this common material, and its juxtaposition with the architecture is on one hand corresponding in terms of shapes but on the other hand it offers an alternative to look at the core meaning of 築.

Taiwan Sound Map Project - Daan District (2015) by Tsan-Cheng WuFubon Art Foundation

Sound Map, using Google Maps as its interface, is a collection of sounds while the recording locations are respectively indicated on the map. Each location may include single or multiple recordings from different times. The sounds recorded can be accidental or commonly-heard. What's more, there are sounds we tend to ignore or were unable to hear before.
Since 2010, Tsan Cheng Wu launched Taiwan Sound Map Project. In this long-term sound art project, the artist records sounds over years in various places in Taiwan. Traffic noises, human voices or sounds from urban activities, little by little the project has grown into a comprehensive soundscape of different cities.

I Have Come to a Place Where Depression Caught Me out of the Blue (2015) by Wan-Jan ChenFubon Art Foundation

In this installation artist Wan Jen Chen has built an "under construction" scene with ready-made objects and video projection. Large ladders, shipping wood crates and construction barricades are placed in front of the light to create shadows that seem to be buildings of a city. If one observes closely, in between these architectural shadows are some small figures playing different types of sports.

Books No.5, Books No.6, Books No.11, Books No.12, Books No.18, Books No.19 (2015) by Xiu-Zhen YinFubon Art Foundation

Artist Xiu-Zhen Yin often uses second-hand clothes as a material that showcases memories of individuals.In the series titled Books, second-hand clothes, which in a way represent their original owners' identities and personal experiences, have been transformed into books kept on the shelf for the audience to read. The colorful book spines also stress on their individuality. While clothes are often viewed as the "second skin" to us, in this work they have been transformed into books that carry erudition. In between everyday experiences and rational knowledge, the work offers the audience a chance to "read", both visually and tactiley, the multiple possibilities in different people's life.

Crystallizing Dishes (2015) by Masayuki KishimotoFubon Art Foundation

Based in Tokyo, Japan, Masayuki Kishimoto takes ordinary ceramic objects as the creative medium for his sculptural works. After collecting unwanted cups, bowls, plates, pots, vases, and jugs, he treats the cracks and chips on them with a traditional Japanese technique called "kintsugi", an art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with powdered gold. Although no longer in use, these ceramic articles were once household essentials, and therefore these seemingly empty containers are still loaded with memories of the past. Kishimoto's works intend to revive such memories by "crystallizing" the used ceramics in the form of art. The process also embodies the Japanese philosophy of appreciating and respecting the objects used in everyday context.

OutLook (2015) by Po-I ChenFubon Art Foundation

A "window" is an opening that connects people and their dwelling environment. With urban regeneration comes the demolishment of memory-loaded old houses; and our environment is constantly being reshaped. OutLook, Chen's series that documents windows in abandoned buildings, is an attempt to capture images of shifting urban landscapes in Taiwan. The windows in these photographic works are looking both outward and inward: the ruins indoor and the framed scenery outdoor reveal the past, the current, and maybe, a future that we can already imagine of.

Realistic Virtuality (Three Tenses) (2015) by Ryusuke ItoFubon Art Foundation

Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Ryusuke Ito is known for his video installation works that often involve a combination of models or objects and the projection of them in the space. The intriguing juxtaposition raises questions about the credibility of images we see.

2015VFP-TongshanFubon Art Foundation

The house on Tongshan street was once the residence of an Air Force official.Although the house has been derelict, one can still imagine the bygone days when people still lived here. As the renewal of the house is about to take place, 3 contemporary artists--Chih Fen Tsai, Chen Wei Wang and Veronika Richterová--share their thoughts for the nature and the land in the city. Bamboo, driftwood and recycled bottles are respectively transformed into art installations in the yard. You are invited to talk a leisure stroll here and temporarily forget the towering buildings around. Relax your breathing, and enjoy a tranquil afternoon among the art.

Wild Thoughts (2015) by Chen-Wei WangFubon Art Foundation

Known for his large sculptures, artist Chen Wei Wang has participated in various public art projects. His works touch on the essence of life; meanwhile, they are also a result of the artist's contemplation over the enriching power of art for the land and the people.
After being carefully cleaned and painted, pieces of found driftwood are given a brand new life, which is a wonderful example of the reuse of natural resource. With meticulous structure calculation, Wang constructs the driftwood and iron supports into an installation that resembles spring water gushing out from the old house. This flowing visual imagery is sure to inspire awe among the audience.

Urban Desert (2015) by Veronika RichterováFubon Art Foundation

Czech artist Veronika Richterová creates artificial yet lifelike animals and plants from recycled PET bottles. At the Tongshan Residence, she has built an urban desert with the material she is familiar with, incorporating the existing plants and objects found on site as well. The best feature of this desert is that one does not lose their way or die of thirst in it; instead, it simply offers a surprising encounter. Besides memorable experiences, the installation is also designed to inspire the viewers to contemplate on how we are closely connected with the nature and the natural resources.

Vivid (2015) by Chih-Fen TsaiFubon Art Foundation

Tall and short bamboo sticks stand upright in the yard.Chih Fen Tsai's works involve the land and natural elements. Through her poetic sensitivity, the artist draws the inner energy from the local environment to complete her environmental art installation.

2015VFP-OutsideFubon Art Foundation

Substation Taipei (2015) by HENSE (Alex Brewer)Fubon Art Foundation

American artist HENSE is experienced in large mural paintings in public spaces. His works are often characteerized by highly-keyed color palette, vertiginous lines and biomorphic shapes. For this year's Very Fun Park, HENSE gives the ordinary substation a refreshing look.

Sun Dried Fish (2015) by Ya-Chu KangFubon Art Foundation

With a twist of imagination, artist Ya Chu Kang has decided to spread out a large fishing net in the alleyways of the city's East District. Through recreating the familiar sight of fish drying in the sun by a fishing port, she connects the scorching summer in the city to the memory of seashore. At night, the scales of each fish glow in the dark as if the fish were swimming through the alleyways. It also resembles a starry sky studded with the artist's warm wishes for the city.

Chameleon, Animal Bikes (2015) by Tin-Yan WongFubon Art Foundation

Based in Hong Kong, artist Tin Yan Wong collects discarded wood pallets and assembles them into a series of fun animal sculptures. For this year's Very Fun Park Wong creates new site-specific works. Walking into the Green Park, you may find the Chameleon chair camouflages itself well between the plants. The unique worn texture of the recycled material reveals the traces of time. And as the work title suggests, Wong relates Taipei City with a chameleon, where the subtle yet continuous changes take careful observation to be discovered.

2015VFP-FUBONFubon Art Foundation

Fubon Art Foundation is situated on the 2nd and 3rd floors of _Fuan Memorial Building on Renai Road. In this environmental-friendly green architecture, with the dense foliage of the street trees as its backdrop, Berge's "moving" installation is here for you to enjoy and relax.

Rainbow (2015) by Kwon KisooFubon Art Foundation

Ki Soo Kwon is a significant pioneer of Korea's new art scene. His signature character "Dongguri" often appears in his drawings, sculptures, and video works.This year, Fubon Art Foundation invites Dongguri to join the cheerful celebration of Very Fun Park's 10th anniversary. Dongguri and his adorable pet stand on the rainbow, with their eyes on each other. Their beaming smiles are to inspire joy in all who look upon the work. The images reflected on the ripples symbolize the search for one's inner self. The artist encourages the viewers to have constant dialogues with their own hearts, as this might be the secret to fly beyond the rainbow, where dreams really do come true.

Just Like a Cloud (2015) by Zoe ZhouFubon Art Foundation

One often finds fairytale-like tranquility in the artworks by Chinese artist Zoe Zhou. In Just Like a Cloud, the figure, which appears to be as light as a cloud and also as bright as a blooming peony, gracefully sits in the middle of the pond in the garden. The red "air" around it creates a cheerful atmosphere.

Stareyed Flowers (2015) by Ulrika BergeFubon Art Foundation

Swedish artist Ulrika Berge creates lively sculptures with threads. These flowers, handmade with sewing machine, are of the size of a human. With the gentle pulling force between the threads, the flowers seem to have come to life as they move or even "breathe", inviting people to take a closer look at the work. People are able to walk freely among the flowers and experience the subtle nuances in the relationship between themselves, the work, and the surroundings.

OO-CHAIR (2015) by Ta-Hsien JenFubon Art Foundation

Ta-Hsien Jen aims to strike the perfect balance between simplicity and complexity through making sculptures of all shapes and sizes.Under the high ceiling of VISAVIS, Jen transforms the geometrical elements he has observed in the space into sculptures composed of circles. This can be seen as an extension of his previous creative method, where the intricate details of his works often begin with simple shapes. Meanwhile, these small circles also resemble hair follicles in response to the hair salon, forming an interesting and organic co-existence of the artwork and the space.

Hairfolio I / Hairfolio II (2015) by Hsin-Wen HsuFubon Art Foundation

Books are the the carrier of knowledge. The deconstruction of the physical feature of a book seems to open up the possibility to reimagine the concept of learning and pursuit of dreams. The work on exhibit here holds a phonetic secret, which is the key to link the symbols hidden. In Chinese, "book" and "to comb", as well as "methodology" and "hair" are respectively homophones. This coincidence, after being pointed out by the artist, bridges the gap between the dictionary definitions of the characters and brings forth a new connection.

2015VFP-HOME HOTELFubon Art Foundation

Keywords about Living Room (2015) by Cheng-Ta YuFubon Art Foundation

Keywords about Living Room was conceived during his artist residency in Koganecho, Yokohama, Japan. After having actually lived in the country, he has realized that "living room", a space where the family members gather and relax, does not exist in local households anymore due to their very tight living spaces. Tatami flooring, low table, and wooden pendulum clock...what he had imagined a Japanese-style living room to be like was only existent in the manga series of Chibi Maruko Chan, or back in the old days of the 70's.

Chilling Summer Time (2015) by Li-Chen ChangFubon Art Foundation

Walking in the sun-lit Home Hotel lobby on a hot summer day reminds the artist of the chilling moment under a gourd trellis when she was still a little girl. The colorful yarn balls hanging down from the installation appear like exotic tropical fruit. The artist also sets white as the major color scheme; thus it gives the yarn, which is often associated with warmth and heat, a different "cool" touch. You are invited to enjoy a "chilling summer time" under the artist's creative gourd trellis.

Untitled (2015) by Yi-Ying LuFubon Art Foundation

Lu applies a special cleaning method to the shells before she turns them into a material for weaving. By deconstructing the exoskeleton and reshaping it from the joints, she transforms lobster shells into artworks that resemble flowers or thin paper. Sometimes she incorporates twisted threads and cords onto her shell sculptures, bringing forth an imagery that is simultaneously soft and powerful.
Besides nutrition and palatable enjoyment, the artist encourages the audience to rethink the possibility of an ingredient. It can well serve as a creative material that showcases a juxtaposition of the soft and the powerful, opening up our imagination about what seems to have been already defined.

2015VFP-10*10 & EVENTFubon Art Foundation

Special Feature / 10 Cities ╳ 10 Art Adventures (2015)Fubon Art Foundation

This year, to celebrate the 10th edition of "Very Fun Park", the Foundation presents a documentation exhibition "10 Cities X10 Art Adventures" with 10 creative examples of city and art. They include "Creative Time" in New York, USA, Artangel in London, UK, "Mobile M+" in Hong Kong, China, "Koganecho Bazaar" in Yokohama, Japan, "Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale" in Niigata, Japan, "Cheng-Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project" in Yunlin, Taiwan, "Wall Art Festival" in Bihar, India, "Scotiabank Nuit Blanche" in Toronto, Canada, "Skulptur Projekte Münster" in Münster, Germany, and "Vivid Sydney" in Sydney, Australia.
This exhibition not only looks back on the past 9 fruitful editions of Very Fun Park but also examines the contexts and like-minded efforts in promoting art in public spaces in different cities and countries. All these art projects, through continuous exhibitions, performances, and educational program, explore memories shared by the locals and facilitate developments in the community. Each of them has shaped a unique style and character for its own city.

Credits: Story

CEO:Maggie Tsai
Director:Vivian Hsiung

Artist:
Chieh-Hsin Tsai, Sun K. Kwak, Jin-Shi Zhu, Po-Chun Liu, Chih-Fen Tsai, Veronika Richteroá, Chen-Wei Wang, Wen-Fu Yu, Ryusuke Ito, Tsan-Cheng Wu, Po-I Chen, Masayuki Kishimoto, Wan-Jen Chen, Xiu-Zhen Yin, Cheng-Ta Yu, Li-Chen Chang, Yi-Ying Lu, Iyo Kacaw, HENSE, Ya-Chu Kang, Tin-Yan Wong, Ching-Chwang Ho, Ta-Hsien Jen, Hsin-Wen Hsu, Kwon Kisoo, Zoe Zhou, Jin-Shi Zhu, Sugiura Yasuyoshi, Ulrika Berge

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