約翰馬汀:屠夫與外科醫生 John Martin: The butcher and the surgeon

展覽時間:2015 年 12 月 19 號至 2016 年 1 月 16 號

開幕茶會:12 月 19 號下午七點

導覽時間:展覽期間每週三至日 15:00、17:00 各一場

門票:NTD100

地點:路由藝術 台北市中正區金山南路一段67巷5號1樓(捷運東門站1號出口)

 

關於展覽 約翰馬汀:屠夫和外科醫生

新加坡藝術團體「垂直潛水艇」將這個謀殺事件現場作為裝置作品。飯店房間作為載體,杜撰一個類似謀殺案發生的空間。藝術家雖然將現實的新聞素材作為作品的原始文本,但也刻意拒絕讓此場景淪落為一個事件的複製再現,畢竟這個計劃並不是要做這個犯罪事件的紀錄。這項作品的關注更近於讓觀眾去閱讀這個令人讚嘆的場域中,所有未來事件的各種可能路徑。觀眾進入這個於意義上代表著飯店房間的場域,但隔著創作者刻意創造出的距離之後,觀眾將會獲得嶄新的閱讀視角。

在過去垂直潛水艇的空間裝置中,它們就曾有嘗試讓作品中的部分空間被截斷,以呈現照片中空間的全貌無法被完整記錄的特性;但在這次的作品內容裡,缺席的空間和家具更像是事件中觀眾永遠都無法體驗的部分。

這項裝置作品也跟文字有關,包含了一封馬汀寫給她媽媽的信,法院最後的判決書,以及節錄自阿根廷作家Juan José Saer 「The Investigation」一書中的一段話.

這三段文字在作品中各有它的對話性。馬汀雖是英國籍,可是不識字的,而儘管身為殺人罪犯,他所寫得信件內容卻是平和而富人情。與法庭的判決書,從一開始就是一副指高氣昂的滿足口吻形成強大的對比。藝術家的本意並非是要翻案,但是從語言的使用中去重新審視處於事件中不同位置的角色。

About the Project John Martin: The butcher and the surgeon

During this year’s Art Stage Week, Artist Group Vertical Submarine had opened their exhibition「John Martin: the Butcher and the Surgeon」in Golden Mile complex。By the end of 2015, it’s our honor and great pleasure to announce that this magnificent installation is coming to Nunu Fine Art, Taipei. For the very first time, the Gallery is going to reform its interior space to represent the show. The official opening will be on 2015 December 19th.

Vertical Submarine is a collective group of artists originating from Singapore, including Joshua Yang, Justin Loke and Fiona Koh. The group was formed in 2003 and the name was taken from a word “subvert” that is rotated to be vert-sub and expanded to form Vertical Submarine. Their intricate installations complex with texts often hidden a sense of humor and conveys metaphors. Collectively they have won several awards, like Singapore President's Young Talents Award of 2009, Credit Suisse Artist Residency Award 2009, and Celeste Prize 2011. The initial story of the exhibition is about the serial murderer that took place at 1992 in Singapore, and the criminal was sentenced to death eventually. The artists took the story as an impetus for the project, creating a surreal space with upside-down room, faint gleam of lights that turn on only when visitors come in, and scattered texts. Besides the installation, Vertical Submarine has also created a brand-new art works “the Gray’s Anatomy ”specifically for this upcoming exhibition. The artwork imitates appearance of a book but with a chopper in it, hoping audience to digest the multiple meaning of anatomy

Due to the limitation of exhibition space and conservation, installation is not represented often in the gallery art scene in Taiwan. However, Nunu Fine Art believes “Audience could perceive the value of the installation by their viewing experience. Nothing like traditional approach of collection, viewers collects part of the creators spirit and concept. Feedbacks from the audience will turn back to nutrient the artwork. This valuable experience is what we hope to bring to Taiwan art circle”The exhibition opening starts from Dec,19, 2015, 19:00 till Jan 16,2016. Exhibition opens every 12:00-19:00, Wednesday to Sunday.