別的聲音,別的房間 Other Voices, Other Rooms

索迪絲.阿德丹斯多堤個展 Thordis Adalsteinsdottir Solo Exhibition

 

展覽時間 Duration:2016 年 7 月 23 號 ( 六 / Sat. )  至 2016 年 8 月 31 日 ( 三 / Wed. )

開幕茶會 Opening Reception:2016 年 7 月 23 號 (六) 15:00

藝術家 Artist:索迪絲.阿德丹斯多堤 Thordis Adalsteinsdottir

地點 Venue:台北市中正區金山南路一段67巷5號1樓 No. 5, Lane 67, Section 1, Jinshan South Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei 

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假使美國文學家楚門.柯波帝(Truman Capote)透過半傳記式小說《Other Voices, Other Rooms》尋找一個想像人物存在的痕跡,那麼索迪絲即是藉由繪畫映出人類情感的真實面容。

二次世界大戰結束不久,柯波帝創造了一個來自美國南方的小男孩-喬爾.哈里森.諾克斯,藉由男孩尋找父親的過程,實現自我認同的欲望。書中聲音是和世界溝通的媒介;房間則是隔絕外部的屏障,內與外之間柯波帝寫來文字,索迪絲抹出繪畫。選擇「Other Voices, Other Rooms」作為展覽命題,是索迪絲歷久醞釀的想法,兩者關係或許能從索迪絲與柯波帝的創作世界中略窺一二。

柯波帝字裡行間中的人物角色各個特立獨行、脾氣古怪,時而能言善道的同性戀堂舅、時而喜怒無常的繼母、時而性格陽剛的雙胞胎妹妹…,這對當時標榜自由國度的美洲大陸來說,即使鮮見,也能藉著色彩鮮明的角色,反映最為真實的群眾樣貌。不約而同,索迪絲繪畫裡人物與動物圖像的說話敘事能力同樣極為強烈,銳利刺探性十足的眼神、細瘦如柴的四肢、詭譎怪誕的氛圍,不自覺地向觀者投以無法拒絕的目光。

對比同樣來自北歐或冰島的藝術家,索迪絲雖然沒有續以層嶺疊巒的山脈群峰、水光瀲灩的河川銀翼作為繪畫主體,卻延續了冷冽而節制的用色與線條構圖,那些顏色彷若流動沙石間的泠泠水流、高緯度山林裡的翩翩杉葉、暗夜靜謐的天際幽光,自適地存在於畫布裡的宇宙。評論習慣將此歸因北歐諸國壯麗山河的景致,為藝術家們披上一層與生俱來的雪色薄紗。然而,如同柯波帝小說經常提及的愛與孤獨-那些終究使人戰慄的俗事,索迪絲於北歐繪畫基調上所建立的,是更為寫實的人類自畫像。

我們很難不被索迪絲筆下各種生物吸引,他們大多來自藝術家的日常生活-螢光幕前的明星、角落裡的寵物貓、街上偶遇的男女老少…,一貫性地眼神與軀體傳達著某種難以言喻的企圖。閱讀書報、經典文學常能觸發索迪絲的創作靈感,經由私密意識轉換、拼湊,說出一個或許發生的故事,也正是那些在文字裡呼吸的人物角色,使得索迪絲的繪畫散發濃厚的敘事味道,如同一顆生態紀錄的鏡頭,留下陌生又熟悉的殘酷畫面。

同樣不可忽視的,是索迪絲繪畫裡如同壁紙圖樣般重複的背景,多以單色、單圖樣佔據大部分空間。背景經常是建立整件作品空間感的關鍵,然而索迪絲不特別為主體定位座標,創造彷若無限延伸的圖樣-無垠的星際、無邊的沙地,想像終將填滿圖畫與觀者間的縫隙。這讓索迪絲的繪畫即便易於聯想到超扁平或動畫風格,也能朝著觀者雙眼拉出其他向度,開啟多維空間裡的無止盡對話。

過去曾有書評認為,《Other Voices, Other Rooms》裡南方男孩喬爾前往莊園找尋父親的旅程,可以說是男孩走進自己潛意識的過程。而「Other Voices, Other Rooms」作為索迪絲此檔展覽的命題,無所畏地展露人們避而談之的慾望、想像、感知與激情,舒張積埋已久的心理毛孔,或許正是巧妙地將繪畫置放於連通世界與內心的假想空間中,成為內外相互映象的真實之鏡。

While American writer Truman Capote tried to find the trace of an imaginary character’s existence via his semi-autobiographical novel “Other Voices, Other Rooms”, Thordis Adalsteinsdottir attempts to paint the true features of human beings’ emotions.

Shortly after the truce of World War II, Capote created a little boy named Joel Harrison Knox, who originally came from New Orleans, in “Other Voices, Other Rooms”, the first novel he published. In this novel, Joel satisfied his desire for finding self-identity through a journey to looking for his father. “Voice” is a communication medium with the world while “Room” is a barrier between inner and outer space. Capote writes novels while Thordis draws paintings. Choosing “Other Voices, Other Rooms” as an exhibition title has been a lasting idea in Thordis’s mind for a long time. From this exhibition, we can discover the delicate relationship between their writing and painting worlds.

All characters in Capote’s story are peculiar and eccentric, such as an eloquent gay uncle, an emotional stepmother, or a tomboy twin sister. This rare way to depict characters actually reflected the most real appearance of the American society, which advertised itself as a continent of freedom in those days. Coincidentally, creatures in Thordis’s paintings all have an extremely strong ability to narrate, with sharp prying eyes, slender limbs, and odd behaviors unconsciously forming a treacherous atmosphere.

Compared with other Nordic or Icelandic artists, Thordis continues with a natural and scenery-like style in the use of colors and compositions, rather than in painting mountain peaks  and glittering river directly. Those colors presented on canvas are like water flowing between sand and stones, cedar leaves floating in high latitude mountain, or light glowing in the quiet night sky. Critics usually attribute this way of painting to the magnificent landscapes in Northern Europe, dressing the artist an inherent snow-white layer of chiffon. However, LOVE and LONELINESS, which are often mentioned in Capote’s novel, are the main themes Thordis talks about on the basis of Nordic painting style. There is no doubt that her paintings become a more realistic human self-portrait.

It is impossible for us to take our eyes away from creatures in Thordis’s paintings. Most of them originate from the artist’s daily life: stars showing up in movies, pets hiding in the corner, or people encountered on the streets. Reading can always be a trigger for Thordis to tell a new story with pigments through her own conversion. It is the characters living in books that make her painting an ecological documentary with countless unfamiliar and cruel images in the end.

The other thing that could not be ignored is the wallpaper-like background, mostly in a single pattern, shown repeatedly in Thordis’s paintings. In this way, the artist does not have to position the main features particularly and is capable of creating an infinite space full of IMAGINATION between works and audience. As a result, the painting itself has an ability to start an endless dialogue within generous dimensions.

In some book reviewers’ opinions, the writer regards Joel’s journey with a motive to find his father as a process of walking into his own subconsciousness. As an exhibition title, “Other Voices, Other Rooms” is a way for Thordis to talk about DESIRE, IMAGINATION, PERCEPTION, and PASSION that people are always afraid to mention. To be more precise, Thordis magically places her paintings into a virtual passage connecting inner and outer worlds, which becomes a mirror to reflect the truth.