Wu Meng-chang is a Kaohsiung-born Tainan based artist. Having graduated from the Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts at Tainan National College of the Arts, he primarily focuses on stone sculptures. For him, stone carving is a process of self-completion that tacitly spawns an understanding of the relationship between his own life and the corresponding external environment, thus enabling him to achieve a state of deliberation and quietness. Concentrating on the coexistence and reconciliation between natural forms and humanly wills, his work frequently follows the original shapes and features of the stone.Read More
Working from intuition and experience, he identifies the best way to negotiate the uniqueness of each stone through actions such as penetrating, paring, fragmenting and joining. He attempts to accentuate the originality of the stone by preserving their cracked facades, treating them as the post-fractal relics and traces found in nature. This relationship is entirely based on a sort of primordial dependency that can be seen as method of communication between the artist and the stone – a duality between destruction and innovation. Veiled within interstitial spaces, his work explores the amalgamation and coexistence of relative relationships, as well as the integration between the formal and the spiritual space. It is precisely within this paradoxical dynamic that a sense of harmony and serenity may begin to emerge. In the end, it is to be hoped that the viewers may sense the same naturalness and harmony experienced by the artist himself, as well as the intangible yet real spiritual space that extends far beyond said harmony.
Text courtesy Double Square Gallery.
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