In chromatology, "successive contrast" refers to the perception of currently viewed stimuli is modulated by previously viewed stimuli. Successive Contrast—Solo Exhibition of Chang Hwei-Lan extends this concept with artworks that are mutually influencing through connections in space. The exhibition features interconnecting and transitioning physical movement as well as contrasting symbols of "multiplicity" that visualize the continuous characteristics of time. It traverses the boundary that connects individual subjects and the transition that takes place in audience's visual experience during movement, attempting to construct a site connecting external and private spaces. Through perceptive temporal sequence and successive changes occurred during audience's physical movement, the synchronicity and correlation of blueprints and images of our city as well as colors and familial memories are affirmed through contrast. They artist attempts to give these things new meanings through her personal artistic language during the process of their gradual disappearance.
Chang Hwei-Lan's work addresses female self-awareness and mutual referencing between privateness and sociality, creating her unique artistic language rooted in daily life. Successive Contrast—Solo Exhibition of Chang Hwei-Lan begins with the artist's search for connections between her art-making and where she grows up. In the exhibition, she uses space, life and environment as a basis and constructs new possibilities for reading through spatial writing with symbols from external daily environment, segments of personal memory, and objects.
In 2004, the artist's father was forced to move out of the military dependents' village he had lived in because it was about to be torn down. Afterward, day after day, he brought home illegally posted advertisements found on his way home, and folded them into paper boxes used for collecting garbage. From fragments of texts and color combinations found on the paper boxes, the incident that triggered a sense of feeling loss and being separated from home gradually revealed itself through tiny traces and fragments of our time. Together, they have formed an interface, which the artist has used for introspection and contemplation. Through the spatial installations on view, the exhibition reflects how the father and daughter have processed and coped with their situation that entails temporal changes as well as changes in their surroundings.