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畫家顏柯夫的最新創作《歲嶽8》是一套九聯幅作品,總長超過10公尺,畫的內容由滾動的石頭串連,它們互相碰撞,時遠時近,經年累月,探索彼此和彼此最合適的距離。藝術家說,就像人與人之間的關係,相互牽引、拉鋸,透過時間的沈澱,各自尋覓適切的位置。
 
2019年6月,顏柯夫的經紀人卡佑民和亞億藝術空間一同精心策劃,千里迢迢把《歲嶽8》帶到法國西南部干邑區 (Cognac) ,也就是人頭馬 (Rémy Martin) 的總部來發表,緣由在於《歲嶽8》中石頭的肌理、大地的顏色,和干邑白蘭地不謀而合,兩者之間可以找到千絲萬縷的連結。
 

歲嶽自然
  
干邑大香檳區以出產最優質的白蘭地聞名 ,此地土壤由石灰石組成,調節水份,營造讓白玉霓 (Ugni Blanc) 葡萄生長的微氣候。《歲嶽8》九聯幅在此一字排開,即和大自然融為一體。顏柯夫透過皴法運筆呈現出的石頭紋理,和石灰石的肌理,有如天作之合,相互輝映。
 
顏柯夫說,《歲嶽8》以線條作為創作的手段,用以表達時間的累積,這樣的做法和法國干邑區土壤的肌理非常相像。「我一開始畫的時候並沒有預計來法國發表,現在把畫帶到大自然裡,顏色、紋理、背景的關聯性,不言而喻。」
 
來到干邑區發表新作,同時一窺干邑白蘭地製作養成的各個環節,從葡萄生長的環境,來到蒸餾生命之水的酒窖,再進入存放橡木桶的倉庫,將畫作展示在這些異於一般畫廊的空間,替《歲嶽8》帶來煥然一新的觀感。
 

歲嶽陳年
 
干邑白蘭地豐厚甘醇的滋味來自調和不同年份的生命之水,發表的第二站來到人頭馬存放酒桶最古老的倉庫,一入門便聞到酒精蔓延在空氣中的氣味,這裡的安全規範嚴格,拍攝嚴禁閃光,手機需開啟飛航模式,廠區內駕車不得超過時速三十五公里。進入倉庫,小心翼翼把九聯幅排列妥當,在熟成生命之水的酒桶前面,顏柯夫談起《歲嶽8》中「歲月累積」的概念。
 
「我的作品表達出時間的累積,石頭之間彼此碰撞,將邊邊角角的尖銳抹平,形塑獨特的姿態,各自找到自己的位置,達到平衡。」這碰撞的過程,有如干邑陳年的歷程,接續用不同年紀,從幾個月到上百年的生命之水,來調和干邑白蘭地,其中比例端看調酒師經年累月掌握生命之水的特性,以製成最後的瓶中精華。
 

歲嶽循環
 
干邑白蘭地的氣味幻化多元,有來自葡萄的花果香,和經過木桶陳年的木質香,相對應於《歲嶽8》裡,可以找到的石、木、土等元素。干邑發表行的最後一環,是以《歲嶽8》為對照的干邑白蘭地品飲,在干邑杯中探尋皴法百年歷史。
 
桌上滿布在干邑白蘭地裡可以找到的氣味,有新鮮杏桃、蜜漬西洋梨、無花果乾、開心果、肉桂、可可、甘草、蜂蜜和陳年起士,拿起一杯人頭馬XO,在杯裡尋找各種氣味,一邊欣賞《歲嶽8》,不只發現白蘭地的色澤和顏柯夫筆下醬紅土壤極為相近以外,透過石頭、土壤呈現的歲月積累,也呼應製作白蘭地一道道費時的精細程序。
 
顏柯夫常說,人如石,在時間長河裡前行,而石頭的痕跡,是人類文明的記憶。每一筆皴法透露出的韻味,如品嚐干邑白蘭地時味蕾的層次變化;而孕育生命的土壤,兼具滋養和防禦崩塌的功能,有如維繫葡萄生長環境的石灰石,確保製造白蘭地的原料無虞成長。
 
細看《歲嶽8》九聯幅,幅幅相連,彼此互通,又各展特色。「我在畫的時候,不想讓每一幅太單一,因而筆觸有輕重,用色有深淺,顯露時間的累積,有深度、有厚度,也富含生命力。」畫與酒的風範,互相對照輝映,各自展現生命力。
 
《歲嶽8》九聯幅看似有始有終,但實如人生的演進,看似線性,其實恆處流動,剎那如永恆。
 
  
 
‘Rock’N Time 8’ — release of Yan Kefu’s latest piece in France
 
Artist Yan Kefu’s latest work 'Rock’N Time 8’ consists of nine oil-on-canvas paintings. Stretching over 10 meters, the long piece showcases a series of rolling stones colliding against one another. The distance between the stones is sometimes far, other times close, as if they are looking for the best suitable distance to each other. According to Yan, it is a metaphor for our relationships with others. The attraction and tension makes the stones fall into place through time. 
 
In June 2019, Yan’s agent Kayoumin and AHM Gallery brought 'Rock’N Time 8’ to the Cognac region in Southwestern France -- where the headquarters of Rémy Martin locate --  and made its global release. The connection between 'Rock’N Time 8’ and Cognac is evident — in the color, texture and the meaningful connections in painting and wine-making.
 

Rock'N Limestone
  
The Grande Champagne area in Cognac is well-known for growing the ingredients to make the best Cognac, thanks to its limestone-ridden soil, which adjusts water absorption and builds a microclimate for Ugni Blanc grapes.
 
The 10-meter-long 'Rock’N Time 8’ stands in the middle of the limestone soil and looks like an inherent component of nature. The textures of the stones and the soil reflect on one another, as if they were born by the same creator.
 
Yan creates a great variety of lines to present the character of 'Rock’N Time 8,’ portraying the advancement of time. These lines match perfectly with the disposition of limestone soil.
The artist says to debut his work in France wasn’t the plan when he started working on 'Rock’N Time 8.’ However, bringing the pieces to Cognac has allowed him to discover the resemblance in the color, texture and context. “The connection goes without saying,” says Yan.
 
While in Cognac, Yan had the opportunity to learn about the production of Cognac step-by-step. He took the paintings with him from the environment that grows the grapes, to the distillation facilities, and finally to the warehouse where eaux de vie spend years to age. Displaying 'Rock’N Time 8’ in different locations has given viewers a brand-new experience appreciating the masterpiece.
 
 
Aging’N Time
 
The complexity of taste in Cognac comes from mixing eaux-de-vie of different ages. In the oldest Rémy Martin warehouse that stores hundreds of barrels, one can clearly smell the alcohol in the air.  Strict safety regulations forbid using flash during photography. Mobile phones needed to be on flight mode. The speed limit in the warehouse area is 35km/hour.
 
Yan talks about the concept of ‘time’ in 'Rock’N Time 8,’ after carefully arranging the nine pieces in front of oak barrels.
 
“Stones collide against each other. The sharp corners and edges are evened out through time until reaching a balance. To each their own. My painting tells the progression of time,” says Yan. The process of colliding resembles Cognac-making. The cellar master hand-picks different eaux-de-vie, from a few months old to a hundred years old and above. The artistry lies in the proportion of different eaux-de-vie appropriated by the master, similar to the wielding of the brush pen by the painter.
 

A taste of Rock’N Time
  
The various aromas in the Cognac come from the characteristics of the grapes and the barrel-aging process. Similarly in ‘Rock’N Time 8,’ viewers find components such as stone, wood and earth.
 
The final stop of the presentation features Cognac tasting with ‘Rock’N Time 8’ — searching the history of brush painting in a glass of Cognac. 
 
A carefully-arranged table displays all the aromas one finds in Cognac: fresh apricot, candied pear, dried fig, pistachio, cinnamon, cocoa, licorice, honey and aged cheese. One holds a glass of Rémy Martin XO in hand, looking for the match of odor and taste, while contemplating the meaning of ‘ Rock’N Time 8.’
 
In addition to the resemblance in color of Cognac and the earth in the painting, the progression of time shown in the rocks reflect the long and delicate process of Cognac making.  
 
Yan often says that man is like a stone that moves on in the river of time. The traces of carving on the stone mirror the development of human civilization. The connotation of each stroke simulates the gradation of the taste in Cognac.
 
The soil nurtures and protects all life forms just like the limestone soil ensures that the grapes get the right amount of water.
 
Take a close look at ‘Rock’N Time 8.’ The nine pieces are connected while maintaining the character of each. “I purposely utilized different strokes and colors to distinguish the nine pieces. Altogether they represent the accumulation of time in altitude — there’s a certain depth, height and vitality,” says Yan.
 
The comportment of the painting and spirit reflect on each other, continuing the course of life. It seems that there is a  beginning and end in ‘Rock’N Time 8,’ except that the evolution of life never stops. All eternity is in the moment.