SUGAR_Wonderland
2022

About...

I often think about what wonderland means to people from different cultural backgrounds and times. 

Is it the Eden, or the Plum Blossom Village from the Eastern Jin Dynasty? These places never existed but people’s cravings for constructing dreamlands, imaginary or physically, never ceased throughout history. 

 

I am living in an age where mass media, electronic games, global culture, and ancient ideas become easily accessible at my fingertips, constructing a hybrid reality in me. My idea about a city, its spatial relation, its function, its look, its experience, was unconsciously altered by those mixed navigation modes or AR perspectives, their color scheme and music, and later also impacted by the images of the urban renewal campaigns.

 

So what is a wonderland? A utopian city? It is a powerful question that will evoke vastly different images in each of us’ minds.

 

The urban settings that I live in and travelled to have built up my dream and reality. These mixed, blurry sources of inspiration, produce weird images in my mind about what a Wonderland probably looks like.

 

I am taking what has “built” me, to build this wonderland project of mine. A mixture of different architectures, facilities, and vibes from the places I have been to or dreamed of. It looks like somewhere but in fact, there is nowhere like it.

 

As a wonderland builder, I am creating a theme park called the SUGAR_Wonderland, a place seemingly with only candy-sweetness. There is only a brittle line between the truth and the lie, the sweet and the bitter, the top-down planning, and the organic in our urban environment. The series comprises paintings that depict the imagined “wonderland project” — which include various vantage points of the facilities, usually of an aerial perspective that is like scrolling through the google map. 

 

With my wonderland project, my paintings juxtapose the perspectives of the planners and users, illusion and reality, free will and destiny in our everyday urban lives, recreating a new perspective. Full of sugar, does it look like a wonderland to you?

我經常想像,究竟不同文化、時代背景的人,對於「樂園」會有怎麼樣的定義呢?

是西方的伊甸園、還是陶淵明的桃花源呢?

這些想像中的樂園,不曾存在,但是人類對於理想國的追尋,甚至建構,則在歷史上不曾停止。

我成長在一個從社交媒體、電子遊戲、到國際文化、古典哲學都在指尖觸手可及的時代,各路資訊隨手可得,隨時可以切換思維、切換文化、切換角度。對於城市的理解,她的空間感、功能、視覺表達、體驗與回憶等等,我不自覺地被各類螢幕上的呈現方式、AR、遊戲色調、配樂等等影響著,也被一些城市重建的計劃宣傳圖像改變了我對一座城市的未來想像。

樂園、烏托邦城市,對於你來說是什麼呢?這個問題很有趣,我彷彿可以在每個人腦海裏,瞬間提取出截然不同的圖像。

「樂園」的可能面貌,基於我生活過、旅遊過、透過視像媒體或文字看過、甚至是夢境裏面看過的城市面貌,混合成模糊、奇特的畫面,慢慢成型。

我這些把「我」建構起來的城市經驗,用作建構這次樂園項目。讓潛意識模糊地揉合合併出一個看似熟悉,卻又不曾存在的想像國度。

作為樂園建築師,我把項目命名為《糖果樂園》: 一個看起來只有如糖果般甜絲絲的樂園。我繪畫樂園不同角度的設施,以鳥瞰角度,模仿以谷歌街景盤旋在城市半空之中,探討城市真實與糖衣包裝之間、生活甜與苦之間、規劃與有機元素之間的模糊界線。

透過繪畫的方式,我欲並置城市生活中規劃者與用家的角度,在每日的城市生活中,我們找尋建構的是幻想還是現實、自由意志還是宿命?在這個糖果樂園,只剩甜味,是不是更接近心目中的樂土?

Exhibition

May, 2022 Art Central and Art Basel, Hong Kong

Mar, 2022 Bonjour Paris, Paris, France

Feb, 2022 Ginza Six, Toyko, Japan