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軸梭延承出的 ------ 棉花研究計畫 番外篇 Extending From The Bobbins And Shuttles – Cotton Research Project – Side Chapter- 康雅筑 Ya-Chu Kang 駐村成果展 Residency Exhibition
2021-01-16 - 2021-01-25
C8-8Warehouse, Dayi Area
軸梭延承出的 ------ 棉花研究計畫 番外篇
Extending From The Bobbins And Shuttles – Cotton Research Project – Side Chapter
Ya-Chu Kang Solo Exhibition of Pier-2 Artist in Residency Project
▍Exhibition Opening：2021/1/16 15:30
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▍Venue：C8-8 Warehouse, Dayi Area, Pier-2 Art Center
In the prevention of COVID-19, please do wear masks when entering the exhibition hall. Those who fail to wear masks in accordance with the regulations and do not listen after persuasion will be fined NT$3,000 to NT$15,000 by the local government in accordance with the provisions of Article 37, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 6, of the Infectious Disease Prevention Law.
The artist creates the relationship with the bobbins and the shuttles that are used in the port and weaving industry. She connects steel, petrochemicals and military affairs through soft fabrics, and the works describes the multidimensional dimensions of industry, trade and environment.
The exhibition extends from the threads, bobbins and weaving shuttles that are used as tools in the textile industry. The bobbins are used as pillars, made by wood, paper and plastic for winding the yarn on. The shuttles are a tool made with different styles and function to protect the fine yarn from snagging and carry the weft as it passes over and under the warp across the loom. The progress of textiles not only depends on the invention of the tool technology, but also on the evolution of geography, climate and human development. The development of textiles is a tale of legend and adventure, industrial espionage and exchanges between region and culture. This project furthers the discussion of landscape and cultural colonization through the bobbins and shuttles. The work not only traces the history of industrial growth and trade, but also reflects on Taiwanese environmental changes and political climate within its developmental timeline. The art itself uses fiber as a medium to interpret the complexities of life, activities and global visions.
During her three-month stay in the Pier-2 Culture Residency in Kaohsiung, the artist conducted research through literature, field work and interviews to created this body of work. Kaohsiung is an industrial city in Taiwan. It went through the Japanese occupational period, infrastructural development from heavy industries such as steel, shipbreaking, shipbuilding and petrochemical industry after WW2 until now. The Yan-cheng district connects the international ports and commercial trade. The exhibition uses salt as a medium to wind (Note 1) the products, policies, ecology, etc and to become the yarn rolls. “Extending From The Bobbins And Shuttles” is the side chapter of her Cotton Research Project, which examines the notion of the endless ocean scape, the extension of cultural colonization, and the sustainability of ecological environment. Attempting to expand our way of thinking and interpreting the world, the artist integrates the materials from the petrochemical industry to future textiles, from artificial fibers to scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) leather, and creates multimedia installations through painting, videos, textiles and sculptures.
There are five chapters of the series of Cotton Research Project. All unfold the development of the global materials industry to connects the hidden links behind society and capitalism by using textiles which are regarded as a worldwide language. These links transcend time and space, and try to expand our imagination of history, present and future. In order to embody a fresh dialogue with the world around us.
Note 1: Winding refers to the technology of winding the yarns and threads on a tube, pole, cone or bobbin during the weaving process.
▍ About Artist
Ya-Chu Kang is a multidisciplinary artist working with various media. Her practice focuses on questioning the circumstances of the relationship between human, natural and social issues. Kang conducts her art and research base on textile cultural history and contemporary social behavioral appearance. She discusses the relationship between workmanship skill and physical labor, life condition and migration possibility, economy trade, and social structure. How does the modernity today influence tradition, economy systemic, and natural environment? Her travel and residency experience has implicitly shaped her perception. The themes often reflect on the boundary, life, and process. This allows her to explore the possibilities of self-awareness and sustainability states within each project. She has been participated with various community projects and art education, had published the books called “Textile Map – 1, 2 and 3”. She is currently researching textile culture in many locations and countries.
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