‘There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual- become clairvoyant. We reach then into reality. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. It is in the nature of all people to have these experiences; but in our time and under the conditions of our lives, it is only a rare few who are able to continue in the experience and find expression for it.’ American artist and educator, Robert Henri (1865-1929) advocate art is close related to life and art is related to everyone in his famous art enlighten classic book, The Art Spirit. He views art as a way to make people toward balance and be in good order. Art makes people able to judge relevant value, understand the rule of growing up, inspect economic lives, above all these are wonderful things that deserves people devote themselves to explore.
‘Craft Art’ is the reflection of art spirit essence and practice. It starts from daily life needs and evolve into art self-practice with aesthetic philosophy nowadays, and now towards strength public awareness and altruism social value. This fully echoes the initiative that Robert Henri towards art spirit. Within time passes and the vary of society, craft art changes from the conveniences of collecting material on site to the pursue of circulating sustainable concept to natural. Post Pandemic Era subvert how countries govern, economic run and social intercourse. It revolute the inherent understandings and prompt the imagination of future lives, rethink and value and new developments of craft art. With the rise of knowledge economics, tangible profit convert into emphasizing invisible social values and competitiveness. Craft art no longer just produce products and provide services, but tend to deepen meanings, establish relationships and expand new economics models (Such as Intellectual property rights authorize, digital technics innovative applications.) Especially ‘Age of Access’ is announcing its advent. Responding all kinds social trends, craft art becomes to be more open in the ability of adapting, through the cooperation model of transboundary, complex, frameless and attempt all possibilities. Except expanding viewers new sights, induce publics’ imagination and speculate of life relationships.
This exhibition, Crossover Crafts. Values and Practices. Mix and Regeneration, is a new creation of craft art responding society trends in contemporary way. Collaboration origins from Crossover, it is innovation cooperation and resources shared. It is not just the communication between both fields, it is an interdisciplinary rendezvous (Such as cross-ethnic, cross-technology, cross-material, cross-region, cross-cultural, cross-generation, cross-time, cross-international, cross-industry, etc.) This explores not only the results of objects but the agitation, fusion, dialectics and conflict in the process of objects being outputted. Decentralization’s various points of view are accumulated and modeled in spectacular life experiences and muses of new creation from knowledge exchange and co-learning. The process is the purpose of craft art co-production.
The name of this exhibition ‘Crossover Crafts. Values and Practices. Mix and Regeneration’ represents three dimensions which are time, space and speed. First dimension, Crossover Crafts – time means artists sense subjects and feelings of ‘time’, deliver a new creation after sorting out. Such as artwork ‘Group Memory’. Red bricks are symbolization of Taiwanese traditional architecture, the staggered stacking not only consider the construction but also the unique visual imagery. The series artwork transfers the culture imagery with strong group memory, feelings, material, skills then reproduce in a modern stone carving polished skills, and this is also a creation documentary of traditional culture. The second dimension, Values and Practices – space is the dialogue that artists focus on meaning of ‘space’. Take artwork, ‘Night Flight’ as example. The artist travels around the world frequently and sees the way craft art black paint with spraying golden powder like the unique city sparkles you may see when travel at night. The dial of mechanical watch shows different scenes of each city in the world, each of them exist in the world one and only. Artist share and show the unique space experience through craft art’s materials and skills and express the mechanical carrier filled with surprises. The third dimension, Mix and Regeneration – speed focus on rhythm of life and accumulation of life process. Also, this is the ‘genuine’ attitude symbolization of craft art focuses on all the steps, details and spirit of taking time to make one great piece. Take artwork, Flow for example. It shows the sensual experience of walking through bamboo forest, also a downshifting state of mind. To create a flowing path with layers of handmade-bending bamboo strips into smooth lines. Through the action of sitting or lying generate friction similar to the bamboo’s sound when wind blows. This is a various sensation includes sound, visual and tactual to show how wind flows.
Craft art expand itself in these three dimensions: Crossover Crafts – time, Values and Practices – space and Mix and Regeneration – speed, collide and merge, produce the craft energy agitation, convergence and regeneration, structure a culture carrier with three dimensions. Through the free and diverse crossover crafts, modern craft art enriches culture contents in life. The exhibition, Crossover Crafts. Values and Practices. Mix and Regeneration, emphasizes artists explore the unknown field through crossover process, the artworks are not only what they see, but also how they deeply feel. This is similar to the ’freedom concept that Zhuangzi mentioned in his article‘Free and Easy Wandering’. Zhuangzi viewed everything has its own time and space dimension, if one want to have freedom, it is a must to think from different angle and break the old thinking and pattern. In order to have the freedom beyond time and space limitation, to break the materialism’s restrict thinking, modern craft art dig the touch moments of life from crossover, upgrade the knowledge energy, strengthen the ability to dialectic modern issues, discover the differences of creative muses, exert the value of craft art, aesthetics and social practical abilities. The objects in craft art crossover are not only a transfer interface but an extension of people’s thoughts. It is a spiritual medium like Surrealism artworks. The description of modeling is real but doesn’t make sense or in reality, it’s like what dream is, a subconscious activity in minds, the experimental processes are the indispensable Catalyst in craft art new creation in the future.