2016 01/09 - 2016 01/31

Certified Copy - Kuo Po-Yu and She Wen-Ying Duo Exhibition San-Tin-Hái-Bī Art Studio

This exhibition is an examination and presentation of the creative environment and the personal relationship of the two artists since their establishment of the “San-Tin-Hái-Bī Studio”. “San-Tin-Hái-Bī” is a phrase written in cursive script on a spring festival couplet that a former resident left, inscribed with good fortune. A deeply grass-root term, it corresponds to the hustle and bustle of the common life of alleyways. The physical location of the residence is close to an alley near the art school. A first-floor residence around the size of twenty to thirty pyeong, with a spiral staircase that leads to a basement, San-Tin-Hái-Bī Studio fosters creative process. The collaborators of this Studio, “WORKING HARD” (Kuo Po-Yu and She Wen-Ying), as people who link together the social relationship in the Studio, look for artists who work on different genres to interact and communicate.

 


“WORKING HARD” has been examining the relationship between materialistic existence and concept within artistic production, and dealt with the re-memorization and rewriting of the past and present, space and objects, which result in the construction of systemic archives, since the establishment of San-Tin-Hái-Bī Studio. This process is similar to the copy of the original through photocopy techniques, with the authorization of "certified copy." Could we then easily believe that new document is able to prove everything?  

 

There is no clear measurement of a specific object or the reproduction of a real studio in the exhibition, but only A4 size objects that we could sense daily, which opens up a struggle between archives and reality. Is it possible for this route to go from reproduction and mimesis to reality? Or even mutually penetrate into each other? And how could the ambiguous status of archives and art incite us to intervene again? What kind of desire is it that reflects the unthorough archival impulse? How should we face the insurmountable limitation, the characteristic of ghost, and the unnameable chaos of the inability to touch physical bodies that are implicit in the archives?

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