海的聲音 Sound Ocean 作品
火與冰 Perish III｜複合媒材｜ 200 x 400 x 150 cm｜2022
Fire and Ice 火與冰
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
─ Robert Frost 羅伯特‧佛洛斯特，1874-1963
─ 陳育虹 譯
並重讀詩作 Fire and Ice，以園區建設工程材料創作
火與冰 Perish I ｜複合媒材 尺寸依場地而定 約400 x 800 cm｜16-22 件作品｜ 2022
When it was confirmed that Chiang would have a solo exhibition at the Taitung ArtMuseum, Sound of Ocean was the first artwork he produced. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean view from morning to evening, it was his depiction of the ocean imprinted deeply within. Balls of paper towels used to wipe paint off of his brushes covered the seemingly boundless wire mesh base encompassed in hues of blue. It expressed Chiang's deep sense of purity, poetry, and elegance.
Over the past two years, the pandemic, war, and the construction of the Paul Chiang Art Center affected Chiang greatly and was expressed through his works. Covid-19, produced in 2020, communicated his concern for the spread of the outbreak. Perish, the series that followed, was a reflection of the changes in his environment. Chiang used waste materials found on the construction site and created art that exudes an apocalyptic tone, suggestive of thick, billowing smoke and crumbling debris, conveying the trauma of unending, tumultuous war - there was a coarse, dense, stultified quality in the mixed media art. What Chiang intends to express is not tragedy, but the sentiments when confronted with tragedy. In the gray-black background of his work, a shining crossappears to rise, or a candle dimly burns a light that is soft and steady, bringing a spirit of hope and salvation.