Observe and Portray
- 2022/10/08 - 2022/12/26
The Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts aims to promote the diverse, open, and innovative development of calligraphy art with the venue of Hengshan Calligraphy Art Center (HCAC) as the exhibition platform. Huang Chun-chia's latest solo exhibition, “Observe and Portray”, is selected from the first HACA’s exhibition application and curated by Emerson Wang.
In this exhibition, young calligrapher Huang Chun-chia builds on the foundation of traditional calligraphy. However, instead of serious subject matters, he selects conversations from daily life to reflect reality. His works no longer merely present classical Chinese poetry but include casual dialogues. While seeing his work, one could read aloud, imagine the situation, and suddenly realize that the artist has brought the viewer out of the studio and into the neighborhood streets, where everyone talks or chats, jokes or mocks. The serious tone and solemnity of calligraphy are thus replaced by a casual and delightful atmosphere.
When writing, he examines Chinese characters individually, explores the symbolism in the relationship between their meaning and form, and adds abstract expression to the representational quality of words. Digging into his memories of Changhua, where he grew up, Huang recollects the conversations—some in Taiwanese Hokkien—between his relatives, friends, or neighbors in the past and now, and calligraphs them out so that these dialogues can be read. The connections and discrepancies of his works in the exhibition can be seen as new ideas that Generation Z has come up with when interacting with the calligraphic tradition.