The Second Chapter of Ln. 25, Dayong St. is a series of solo exhibition about objects from home. The title comes from my old home street address. The first chapter started as a solo show in 2015; now second chapter in the first half of 2016 (this exhibition), combines as a solo exhibition series with another show at the end of the year as the last chapter. The exhibition tried to process the mixed senses between living and art-making, in the period of Chia’s life post art-school graduation, to winning Kaohsiung Award, then to returning home again. I tried to recompose the poetic relationship between art creation and myself through a chapter-like writing process, and also through gathering fragmented elements in my life into an exhibition form.
OCAC started in Banciao area in 2001. It has moved many places in these 15 years, but it maintained its core concept of being open to exchange with local residents, and the exhibition space is a nature host site for these exchanges between artists and audience. In May 2016, OCAC moved into an old house on Ganzhou Street. The space present itself as if a ‘home’, it maintained its old characteristics, and function as both an exhibition space and a home. The condition responded to The Second Chapter of Ln. 25, Dayong St., where it started from ideas of home objects.
This exhibition presented many installation completed by mechanical repetitive movements by the artist. For Chia, this is a way of art making that responds to life. When we face objects from life, we have many habitual way of handling them. As if observing wild animal’s habits, she discovered that human have many living habits structured by society, or by common knowledge in custom. With communal awareness, we don’t break the social rules much. Some extreme examples, it’s normal to have red lipsticks, abnormal if it’s not red; it’s normal to have circular pod lids, abnormal if it’s not circular; it’s normal to borrow a lighter from passersby if you want to smoke, abnormal if you don’t want to smoke; it’s normal to sing on the top of your voice in the bathroom, abnormal to sing on the top of your voice on the street. What is abnormal means it sits outside of the norm; but in many cases it’s personal perspectives. When events happens within a normal range, our emotions is calm and accepting; when it doesn’t, we have doubts and criticism. However, what is interesting is these abnormal events present themselves as art forms, they break our judgements and become acceptable.
Chia’s artworks wishes to go in between these cracks to build space for reading in the works themselves, not through an exhibition space. OCAC offers a space between exhibition and home. There is no formal room for exhibiting, but through the intervene of artworks, we create events similar to those of an exhibition. In these events, the relationship between artwork and the space created an intimacy as if being spied on from audience to the artist. The artwork is no longer just an object, it becomes a resonating medium to produce stories between artist and audience members.
Exhibition opening: 2016.06.04 15:00-20:00
Opening menu: Cucumber and bitter melon mixed salad
Who’s coming for dinner presenter: Luo Jr-Shin
Dinner time: 17:30-19:30
Afternoon tea heart to heart chat: 2016.06.11
Afternoon tea menu: secret surprises in the fridge
Who’s coming for tea: secret guest
Afternoon tea time: 15:00-17:00
Meetings of new friends: 2016.06.18
First-time gift: a serve of hand-made dumplings from Grandpa
Who’s coming to meet: Lin Wen Tsao
Meal time: 15:00-17:00