Born in Taipei in 1972, Liao Chien-Chung graduated from the National Institute of the Arts (now Taipei National University of the Arts) in 1996. In recent years, he has applied carpentry techniques, which he perfected in his learning of woodwork, to his artistic work. With exquisite craftsmanship, he vividly simulates the machines or vehicles often seen in the city, representing the texture and tactile quality of the original objects with realistic depiction. His work explores the ambiguous relationship between the simulations and the real objects. Whereas the original objects possess their functions and meaning, the simulations accentuate their symbolic meaning through the disappearance of functions. The elaborate and delicate delineations become a form of stubborn resistance, and the wooden material used in the work gives a sense of simple rebellion. From taking the works for what they might be to finding out the deception, the audience experiences a process that the artist aims to offer through the representation of the objects. He hopes to stimulate people to inspect the environment they have taken for granted and to talk about the life stories behind these simulated objects as well as their social implications.
Text courtesy Double Square Gallery.
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