葉方 Yeh Fang ｜ 時空奏鳴曲 Sonata of Time and Space
油彩畫布 Oil on canvas ｜ 162X130cm (兩幅) ｜ 2011
湯柏鏗 Tong Pak Heng
As people welcome the high-tech era into our society, we have to adapt to the new lifestyle of the modern world: the pressure lied between a virtual world and real information, the mass data we must receive every day, and the repeating process of saving, updating, and deleting. Through the works of the three artists, Yeh Fang, Baptiste Tavernier, and Tong Pak Heng, audiences can release the stress of everyday life and focus on finding their inner peace.
In Yeh Fang's artworks, she mixes abstract ideas about the pas de deux of dreams and realities—be it metaphorical, intuitive, illusory, or real—and incorporate the juxtaposition of realities and concepts into the organization of my paintings. By doing so, “visual perceptions” and the“mind” are brought together, and she is able to find an appropriate balance and a spiritual (psychic) power of penetration hidden behind an“object”. Although this method can be traced back to artistic and academic theories, this exploration into “one's innermost thoughts” remains an important subject to artists, including her.
Baptiste Tavernier's new series from a chaotic and polluted background, a Zen Garden emerges. A rake quietly combs the gravel into lines and circles, and the mind slowly cleans out. Brains face an enormous amount of pollution as tides of noxious information assault them constantly, triggering a combined chronophage and neurophage mechanism. The corruption runs deep. The garden is still fragile but grows stronger as the cerebra probe its simple and pure lines.
Neorealism artist Yves Klein once said, “Blue has no dimensions; it is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colors are not... All colors arouse specific associative ideas... While blue suggests at most the sea and sky, and they, after all, are in actual, visible nature what is most abstract.”
Tong Pak Heng’s new works use goldfish to symbolize human. The background changes from golden leaf to a single blue color and visual awareness replaces the switching of spaces. What we perceive as real could also be a representation of unreal. On his canvas, goldfish do not locate in absolute time or space. To the viewers, the meaning it represents is limitless, thus creates the impression of an illusive space.