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Extracts from a reviewby Shih Jui-jen on Tsai Ken’s solo exhibition ‘Lineplay Show held at Taipei Country Cultural Center - The subjects on show, though being independent pieces of sculpture, conveyed a sense of unity between the works and the background space. The show may not have been large in scale but I personally feel that it was one, which presented a quite remarkable combination of the ‘expression of works’ and ‘utilization of the site environment.’
... Like traditional round sculptures, works of such a nature usually concentrate on appearance, changes in the ‘characteristics of every aspect’ and the transformation of 3-D light and shadow effects. As a result these sculptures were placed in the center of the show, enabling viewers to scrutinize all round so that all messages conveyed would be received for interpretation and evaluations of the work. In term of aesthetic styling one can easily recognize the ‘down to earth’ character inherent to these works because the elements of them show the closeness to worldly things. To viewers, segments of wooden furniture, stones, metal wires used in industry and man-made wooden blocks may be no more than common objects with a different touch. Through Tsai Ken’s hands however, and his innovation, they have metamorphosed into elegant forms. These works surely display the artist’s habit of cherishing things and objects. It also shows his attempt to integrate life with art. If his initial strategy is to integrate art with life, the key point seems not how he should combine these ordinary objects but how can he rectify the attitude of isolated pride which has for so long prevailed in art and bring to it a human touch?
Tsai Ken sustains our interest by following the path of nature. All the objects surrounding him are valuable in his eyes. While managing many found materials, Tsai Ken remains fastidious and meticulous with an attention on detail and quality. Judging by his art form, there is no way to deny that he also makes maximum use of emotion and instinct, and it is not difficult to see the fine balance between the rational and the emotional displayed in every single work.
Tsai Ken
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Taiwan
Asia

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