Hsiu-Wen Chen, ‘榮枯之間系列(二) - 新竹新埔劉氏雙堂屋 Between Prosperity and Loss Collection II - Liu’s ancestral temple’s hall’, 2011, Art WeMe Contemporary Gallery

本系列作品是利用兩張相似的構圖進行對照的表現方式,用在天氣、環境、台灣傳統建築本身、玻璃瓶的完整度等來呈現台灣傳統建築在不同的環境下所呈現的狀態,用100號的畫布可以將傳統建築的質感、細節和意涵交代的更清楚。兩張作品將傳統建築的榮與枯做了強烈的對比,說明了目前在時代的衝擊和環境變遷的情況下,傳統建築保存的現況,也藉此說明保存台灣傳統建築的重要性。

《榮枯之間系列(一)》選擇以新埔林氏問禮堂為題材,「問禮堂 」為林家的堂號,它是一棟沒有被保護的古蹟,其殘破的白灰牆面露出內層土埆牆,大體上仍完整的建築可以看出客家建築的樸質個性, 而環境仍延續《存歿之間(一)》所出現過的泥地土石,玻璃瓶則用破裂的形像加上玻璃碎片,意喻失去保護的建築將逐漸毀壞消失,就連藤蔓也悄悄的爬上來了,天氣則安排在風雨欲來的黃昏時刻,使得畫面中的傳統建築更顯得孤立無援。

而《榮枯之間系列(二)》選擇以劉氏雙堂屋的門廳作為本作品所繪的題材。門廳上書寫「鐵漢家聲」堂號、正廳則為「藜照堂」 ,畫面中隱約能看到後堂的祭祀空間。此建築本身保存得相當完善,畫面中的石板地面則是劉宅橫屋與門廳圍成的大禾埕。玻璃瓶也是完好如新的形像,天氣更是安排在晴空萬里的時候,所有的元素都指向傳統建築受到妥善的保存和重視,同時我們的特有的人文意涵和歷史價值、生活的文化和記憶,也都隨之被保存了。

This series of paintings uses two similar compositions, considering the weather, the environment, the traditional building itself in Taiwan, the integrity of the glass, and many more to present the traditional architectures of Taiwan in different environments of the current state.

The first piece was painted with nicely preserved historical environment and the other with rundown historical environment, to show the vast difference between a preserved site and non-preserved site. One of the paintings in “Between Prosperity and Loss” collection, featured “XinPu Lin’s Auditorium”. It is one of the historical buildings that was not being protected. Hence Chen Xiu Wen painted the walls with cracks and showing the vines climbing all over the building, the stormy weather came during the twilight moment, making the screen in the traditional building even more isolated.

The second piece has featured “Liu’s ancestral temple’s hall” as the theme. In the painting, we could see glimpse of the ancestry memorial area, which was preserved beautifully. The glass bottle was also intact as a new image, the weather was arranged in the blue skies, all the elements were pointing to the traditional building by the proper preservation and attention, while our unique human meaning and historical value, life culture and memories, also have been preserved.

About Hsiu-Wen Chen

Taiwan, b. 1981, based in Taiwan