MEDIUM: Installation photography
SIZE: 20 x 50 cm
COMPLETION: 8th February 2013
「藝術是什麼一回事？」「藝術有價值嗎？」「當代藝術又如何定義？」我相信不少選修藝術的同學，甚至專業人士都一定有這一個疑問。作為整個IB 課程的總結，這一份作品想要探討關於藝術的點點滴滴，尤其去到現在contemporary art的意義，所牽涉的金錢及商業利益等等。靈感源自於香港唱作歌手王菀之的兩首歌「最好的...」和「水百合」，解構香港社會如何看待“藝術”。
「最好的...」：「你不明白最動人的 創造 永遠下場一~樣 給糟蹋吧 」「完成了它 不惜一切代價 還清今世造化 那些純淨過 白銀的眼淚 會註定流失吧」「天宮早變敗瓦 真絲化做亂麻 你那生平傑作 被埋他腳下 你那陣時的熱情 恐怕永遠追不回」 都是講述現今社會將藝術變成一種孤芳自賞的玩意。人人只懂得糟蹋好的事物，不懂欣賞。「水百合」：「我閉上眼 看見了莫內 獨活在夢內又渴望回來 你會發覺 我的困惑是 污泥上潔白不改 實際嗎？」「不愛理會是如何被疼愛 不 我需要欣賞 欣賞我的存在 優雅脫俗又為何在競賽 贏得讚揚 又怕被期待」 講述那種想要做自己渴望做的藝術，同時卻擔心沒人欣賞而糟蹋，有如梵高，莫奈等印象派畫家。「得我一個孤芳 花枯了心還在 不屑發現是和誰在競賽 人間美譽 越美越無奈」
我有想過多種其他表現手法，例如塗鴉，裝置藝術，或雕塑等，可惜效果不如理想，不能夠容易將概念道出。於是我還原基本步，細看各大有名畫家的大作，而主要是繪畫靜物畫的大師，如印象派的梵高（vincent van gogh)，高根（PAUL gauguin）和莫蘭迪（giorgio morandi)。從前的大師們，繪畫靜物畫是基於物件的美麗，對光線的執著，對顏色的喜愛，想要將一切美麗物件，以自身感覺，技巧，想法和視野投放落畫布上，所以才令靜物畫如此吸引。但反觀現今社會，現在所謂的藝術家之所以繪畫靜物畫先源自於靜物畫可以在拍賣市場所獲得的金錢和利益，或是投其所好，令富豪喜愛而購買，令靜物畫意義盡失。
"What is art?" "Is art worthy?" "How do contemporary art be defined?"
I believe many of art students and even professionals must have these questions in mind. As a summary of the whole IB Diploma Visual Art course, this piece of work wants to explore bits by bits about art, especially the significance of Contemporary Art, and how the money and business interests involved. Inspired by the two songs "The Best ..." and "Water Lily" by Hong Kong singer and songwriter Ivana Wong, she tried to deconstruct how Hong Kong society perceive "art."
"The Best ..." the entire Chinese lyrics is about today's society turn art into a playful thing. Everyone only knows how to spoil good things and does not know how to treasure them. "Water Lily" lyrics describes how the art that you want to create, but worrying that nobody appreciates it, it's like Impressionists Van Gogh and Monet in Art History.
Similarly, as a Hong Kong citizen, I feel that I have a close relationship with this theme. When I decided to choose art as my future life path, it had caused uproars within my family and others who did not understand art. This is because Hong Kong values art too little. Even worse, In recent years, the rising trend of Chinese contemporary art has made Art world even more corrupted, incompleteness, commercialized and soulless.
I have thought of many other expressions, such as graffiti, installation art, or sculptures. Unfortunately, the effect is not as good as it is right now. So I went back to the basics, looking at the masterpieces of the most famous painters, mainly masters of still life paintings, such as VINCENT VAN GOGH, PAUL GAUGUIN and GIORGIO MORANDI. These Art historical masters, painting still-life based on the beauty of objects, the persistence of light, the colour, and artists' personal expressions with their own feelings, skills, ideas and horizons, all these elements make still life paintings so attractive.
Unfortunately and in contrary, the reason why the so-called artist in today's society creates still life paintings are due to money and business interest, hoping that works can publicity and get into the auction market,
Using the famous old masterpieces of still life paintings, and wrapped with newspapers that symbolize business and money, is to create that contradiction in today's contemporary art, how artists are interested in money-making, instead of art-making. In some cases, the art of today's society promotes the copy culture, thoroughly imitate Old Masters without a style.
Do you agree with my point? and do what do you see as Art nowadays?