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Juang Rung-je’s photo exhibit of human flesh as canvas
肉身當畫布 莊榮哲深刻紋人畫

Butterfly is part of Juang Rung-je’s photography series of human flesh as canvas.
莊榮哲絞人畫系列作品「蝴蝶」。

Photo courtesy of the Fotoaura Institute of Photography
照片由海馬迴光畫館提供

In an attempt to challenge how people view art and their aesthetic thought process, the Fotoaura Institute of Photography began displaying a series of photographs entitled “Re-engrave: Rung-Je Juang Exhibition” on Dec. 31 last year.

Although the theme of the exhibit — human flesh as canvas with blood replacing ink — looks like tattoo art, the methods used and the significance of the artistic expression is not the same as it is in tattoo form. After the work is completed, the only memorable scar left behind is the one the camera captures. The actual wound scabs over and heals until the skin eventually returns to its original form.

Juang Rung-je, a student in the Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts at Tainan National University of the Arts, was pondering the possibilities of using the body for works of art. Using a tattoo-style method, he transforms the inner wound to express the layered traces of repetitive wounds over time. Juang shows us a flesh totem, starting with the body’s original wound, which gradually forms scabs. At first glance, it actually looks like flowers depicted in classical art. Using the logic of transforming textures, his work continuously challenges people’s value systems. The exhibit will be running until Feb. 5 in Tainan.

(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY KYLE JEFFCOAT)

海馬迴光畫館於去年十二月三十一日推出「深刻──莊榮哲創作個展」,展出一系列「紋人畫」攝影作品,挑戰民眾觀看方式與美學思維。

「紋人畫」以肉身替代畫布,以血液替代染料,雖看似紋身行為,卻在手法與藝術表現意義上,不同於時下刺青形式,創作完成後,只有影像記錄下的傷痕記憶,真正的傷口,將隨著時間的結痂癒合而完好如初。

就讀台南藝術大學造形藝術研究所的莊榮哲,思考身體與藝術創作的可能性,以刺青般的手法創作,將內在性的創傷轉化,表現出重複性創傷所堆疊的時間痕跡,由身體傷口逐漸形成的血痂紋絡,呈現肉身圖騰,乍看卻如一幅幅人文古典花卉。在材質轉換的邏輯中,也重新挑戰已知的價值觀系統。即日起在台南展覽至二月五日。

(自由時報記者洪瑞琴)

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