黎志文東和鋼鐵藝術項目影像紀錄Video record for Lai Chi Man's Tung Ho Steel Foundation Art Project
Upcoming publication of Lai Chi Man's Tung Ho Steel International Artist Residency Program
How to utilize the power of industry to forge a new connection between art and industry? Further blending art into the daily life of the public. Established Chinese sculptor Lai Chi Man's participation in "Tung Ho Steel International Artist Residency Program" is a brand new interdisciplinary challenge. Tung Ho Steel Foundation has been contributing to social justice and cooperating with National Culture and Arts Foundation for more than ten years. Recently, Public art Master Lai Chi Man and Great Japanese artist Mamoru Nakagawa were invited to create during the residency. This program is also a form of response to the art-cultural supports from Tung Ho Steel Foundation's chief executive officer, Mrs. Hou. This article is a review of highlights in Lai Chi Man's program. Also, we would like to announce that the publication for his creation precess is upcoming this July.
Lai Chi Man creating in Tung Ho Steel Foundation art project
Lai Chi Man's "Tree of Life" in Tung Ho Steel project 2019, to memorize Mrs.Hou
Lai Chi Man used to work alongside Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, and Pietro Cascella; the background of Chinese and Western life permeates into each piece of him. Born in Hong Kong in 1949, he went to Italy and the United States to study art. Lived and worked in Taiwan, Lai Chi Man is particularly good at creating abstract sculptures full of humanity. For example the artwork "Tree of Life", behinds the conceptual forms of the sculpture, there lies Lai's deep gratitude and memorization to Mrs.Hou.
Lai Chi Man's "Circle and Square" in Tung Ho Steel project 2019
Lai Chi Man's "Below the Lion Mountain" in Tung Ho Steel project 2019
In this program, he created more than 40 pieces of works in the project. The artworks mainly created by cutting and welding techniques. Most of my works were created with the concept of "readymade", and the traces on the surface of the materials were kept as far as possible. For Lai, it was a good experience to explore creative mediums other than stone. The artwork "Circle and Square" shows the concept of “Round heaven and square earth (tiān yuán dì fāng)” that runs through Lai's whole art career.
Lai Chi Man creating in Tung Ho Steel project with technicians
Lai Chi Man with Amanda Wei and director PYT in the reception
The application of steel is an interdisciplinary experience for Lai Chi Man. Although the materials, combinations of forms seem contradictory, it is not abrupt in Lai’s creation. They are in harmony with each other, but their characteristics have not been erased. Lai once said, “This state of coexistence is derived from the Chinese concept of Yin and Yang: different elements are opposite but not opposed, forming a balanced and stable order with each other. Even today, in a modern society obsessed with diversity, this old idea still inspires us -- how different beings can live together. How can one settle and find a place of his own in the clutter of values?"
Lai Chi Man's "Is It Good to Do So?" in Tung Ho Steel project 2019
Lai Chi Man's artworks in Tung Ho Steel project 2019
Lived in Americas and Europe, Lai has a diverse experience and thoughts that enrich his view of aesthetics and world, but he chose to return to the Oriental spirit in his creation. "Pictograph", "compound ideograph" and other principles of Chinese lexicography have been used to create three-dimensional shapes. "Pictograph" is the simple lines like painting to simplify the presentation, while " compound ideograph " is the combination of two or more objects or things to produce a new meaning.
Lai Chi Man's "Anyone home?" in Tung Ho Steel project 2019
For Lai, this kind of creative concept is not only the visual effect of shape but also the transmission of content and meaning. The Chinese characters contain a long tradition of cultural connotation, also reflects the eastern philosophy and human life experience. Lai experience and learn about the relationship between human and nature.
Lai Chi Man's "Rainbow" in Tung Ho Steel project 2019
黎志文駐廠期間創作的鋼鐵作品，例如《生命之樹》、《共同體》和《家裡有人嗎？》等均有關生命相關議題，《生命之樹》代表人生不同的階段及經驗; 《共同體》是表彰大和解及世界大同的理念; 而《家裡有人嗎？》則是探討現代社會人與人之間疏遠的現象。或許是鋼鐵材料本身帶給黎志文的靈活和更具有彈性的體會，他在表現上就更加地放心大膽地發現材料應用的可能性。相比石材，鋼鐵的延展性和擴張性更大，在通過切割減少，焊接加上的過程中，製作的靈活性更高。
Lai Chi Man's "Community" in Tung Ho Steel project 2019
The steel artworks such as “Tree of Life”, “Community” and “Anybody Home?” are related to the topic of life. “Tree of Life” represents different stages and experience of life, “Community” manifests an ideal of great reconciliation and unified world, and “Anybody Home?” explores the distance between and isolation of people in the modern society. Perhaps the steel material brought a flexible and more elastic experience to Lai, he is more confident in finding the possibility of material application. Steel is more ductile and expansive than stone and has greater flexibility in the process of cutting down and welding together.
Creation during the COVID-19
共同體 Community, 2020
Teak and colored marble 柚⽊，着⾊⼤理⽯
63 x 32 × 22 cm
In the global pandemic of 2020, Lai Chi Man takes the social responsibility of an artist, responded positively, and produced different ideas and new material attempts in his creation. Combining multi-colored marble and wood of boat-shaped, Lai created this sculpture "community". The former as today’s world with different social individuals and the latter as a symbol of the earth where all human beings rely on and sail people through the tribulations. In this assemblage of lives, conflicts and contrasts shine in their own ways while fundamentally whole-heartedly help each other in the same boat.
Interior Image for Lai's artworks during the COVID-19
Lai Chi Man's "Sculptor's Penholder" in Tung Ho Steel project 2019
In Lai’s long period time of creation, he participated in different public art creations. In 2006, he won The First Public Art Award of Council for Cultural Planning and Development in Taiwan. The artworks exhibited in different public areas in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong including schools, court, and outdoor areas of museums. The interaction and convergence of artworks and space bring a closer relationship between the arts and the public. In such a highly technological and industrialized society nowadays, many techniques like 3D printing enabled art creation without handcrafts. However, Lai Chi Man is an artist with true spirit and fully devoted to creation. As one of the few stone sculptors who still insist on manual working, he participates in every step of the sculping and chooses special materials like Italian Marble and Indian Granite, to bring the public the most inspiring masterpiece.
Photo credit: Tung Ho Steel Foundation
ABOUT ARTIST 藝術家簡介
黎志文早年前往位於意大利以採石場和雕塑聞名的卡拉拉市，在Henraux S.P.A.練習雕塑技巧。在此期間，黎志文曾與亨利·摩爾、野口勇和皮埃特羅·卡塞拉一起工作。四年以後，他獲得了獎學金，讓他前往美國懷俄明州在雕刻家羅伯特·魯辛(Robert Russin)的指導下繼續深造。至1980年，他獲得懷俄明大學雕塑系的藝術碩士學位，並在此期間，遇到他的妻子。1982年，他被接納為荷蘭Beeldende Kunstenaars Regeling (BKR) 項目的成員。黎志文於1984年應邀回到台灣，曾在台北藝術大學任教。擁有在香港、意大利、美國、荷蘭和台灣的生活經歷使黎志文對唯美主義產生了豐富而多元的看法。儘管如此，他始終清楚地知道，他將回歸擁抱東方精神。黎志文的藝術作品受到了全球藝術界的廣泛認可，現被荷蘭國家 BKR 視覺藝術機構、美國懷俄明大學美術館、台北市立美術館、日本原美術館、台灣美術館等世界各大知名藝術機構收藏。
At his early age, Lai Chi Man traveled to Italy where he practiced sculpture at Henraux S.p.A., Carrara, which is famous for its quarries and sculptures. During this time, Lai had the opportunity to work alongside Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, and Pietro Cascella. After four years in Italy, he received a fellowship to further his education in Wyoming under the sculptor, Robert Russin. In 1980, he received his M.F.A degree in sculpture from the University of Wyoming. During this period, he married Paulien. In 1982, he was admitted as a member of the Beeldende Kunstenaars Regeling in the Netherlands. Lai returned to Taiwan in 1984 upon invitation to hold a teaching position at the National Institute of the Arts (now, Taipei National University of the Arts). Having experienced life in Hong Kong, Italy, the United States, the Netherlands, and Taiwan, Lai was able to foster a rich and diverse perspective on aestheticism. Nevertheless, it was always clear to Lai that he would return to embrace the Eastern spirit. Lai Chi Man is warmly welcomed and recognized by the international art field. His artworks were collected by series of important art institutions such as Dutch National BKR visual arts organizations, American University of Wyoming Art Museum, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Japan Hara Museum, and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.