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以畫會酒:《歲嶽8》亞洲發表會

繼畫家顏柯夫上個月赴法發表《歲嶽8》,這件總長超過十公尺的九聯幅作品,本月來到香港,在當代藝術空間 Art Statements 和亞洲觀眾相見。在寬敞的畫廊空間裡,邊品嚐人頭馬XO,邊透過畫家筆下皴法的質地,遙想干邑區石灰岩的風土。

結合西方油彩和東方傳統皴法來描繪石頭的形態,是顏柯夫的獨門手法,可視作東方根性的西式表現,經紀人卡佑民和亞億藝術空間把亞洲發表的首站定在香港,更突顯此地長久以來作為東西薈萃據點的特色。

顏柯夫歷經法國發表的洗禮,對於干邑白蘭地和自己畫作的關係,更加心領神會。他說:「畫裡石頭的黑白紋理對照石灰岩的質地,互相輝映,而土壤的顏色由淺到深,如同生命之水經過木桶陳年,變成有生命的顏色。」

「不管是畫也好、酒也好, 有生命的東西才有意義,生命的循環,我透過石頭來表現。」

《歲嶽8》以線條作為創作基底,用一連串滾動的石頭表達時間的累積,外在呈現出的樣貌和法國干邑區的石灰岩土壤非常相像。深究其內涵,石頭如人,闡述人在生命歷程中不同階段產生的碰撞,石頭之間的距離時近時遠,影射自我與其他人關係的緊密親疏,須經過一番拿捏才能掌握平衡,而這平衡亦可能只是瞬間的暫時。

顏柯夫說:「河流裡的大石頭在水流裡碰撞,從上游到下游,有些還沒平靜下來,有些受到擠壓,就像我們在社會上受到衝撞和擠壓,從中找到自己的生存之道。」

手裡一杯人頭馬XO,牆上掛著展現石灰岩特徵的畫作,桌上滿布體現酒裡花果香的杏桃乾、開心果、肉桂、巧克力和陳年起士,一瞬間時空有如從濕熱的香港透過任意門轉換到豔陽高照的干邑區,白蘭地一入口,嚐到豐富的人生道理。


Rock’N Time 8 Asian release in Hong Kong: A rendezvous of art and Cognac

After its global debut last month in France, Rock’N Time 8, the 10-meter-long painting by artist Yan Kefu arrived in Hong Kong earlier this month to make its Asian release. At the contemporary art gallery Art Statements, guests sipped glasses of cognac while traveling to the drink’s origin through Rock’N Time 8.

Yan’s rocks are a combination of Eastern and Western art traditions. The texture of the rocks represents the characteristics of traditional Chinese landscapes, yet Yan uses the Western method of oil painting. The mix of techniques and cultures is what makes Yan’s work unique. To
launch the Asian release in Hong Kong was an idea by Yan’s agent Kayoumin and AHM gallery, highlighting the convergence of the East and West where it is the most well-known.

Thanks to the trip to France, Yan established a thorough understanding of the relation between his work and Cognac. “The stones reflect the texture of the limestone soil that grows the grapesto make Cognac. The gradation of color of the earth in my painting resembles how eaux-de-viegain life through the time spent in the barrels,” says Yan.

"It's life that gives meaning to either my painting or Cognac," he adds.

Constructed in a variety of lines, Rock’N Time 8 showcases the accumulation of time in a series of rolling stones. While their appearance resembles the limestone soil in Cognac, the stones also symbolize different phases of our life. The distance between the stones is sometimes far,
other times close, reflecting the relationships we have with others. It takes effort to reach a balance, and the balance could be only temporary.

In the way the stones collide in the river, Yan sees how we find our way and survive in society. "We experience different courses of collision throughout our lives, and we identify with ourselves through them, like how the rocks find the best suitable distance among themselves."

Holding a glass of Cognac, enjoying a table of food that amplifies the aromas in Cognac while having Rock’N Time 8 in the background, the viewer is transported momentarily away from the humidity of summer in Hong Kong and arrives at the sunny French vineyards where Cognac's grapes are grown. The taste of Cognac is full of the philosophy of life.