2018 高雄國際鋼雕藝術節 Kaohsiung International Steel & Iron sculpture Festival
換帖/幻鐵 Steel Friends, Steel Fantasy
藝術家：拉黑子．達立夫(台灣)、達鳳．旮赫地(台灣)、魯碧．司瓦那(台灣)、王為河(台灣)、張和民(台灣)、鄭宏南(台灣)、工藤政秀(日本)、菅野麻衣子(日本) 、Dodog Soeseno(印尼、長住荷蘭)
Site: Dock 3 at the Pier-2 Art Center
Organizer: Bureau of Cultural Affairs Kaohsiung City Government, Tung Ho Steel Foundation
Curator: Lin Hong-Wen (Taiwan)
Artists: Rahic.Talif (Taiwan), Tafong Kati & Roby‧Swana (Taiwan), Wang Wei-Ho (Taiwan), Chang Ho-Min (Taiwan), Cheng Hung-Nan (Taiwan), Dodog Soeseno (Japan), Kudo Masahide (Japan), Maiko Sugano (Indonesia; currently in the Netherlands)
Inspired to transform corrosion under the sturdiness of steel and iron, artists will bring the spirit of mixed media, their unpredictable ideas, and their skillful hands to for a showdown and sharing at this Steel & Iron Sculpture Festival. Unlike previous festivals, the spirit displayed by the sculptures this time will transform the toughness of steel into the softness of natural materials, creating a fantastically transformed perspective. Japanese artists Kudo Masahide, Maiko Sugano, Dutch artist Dodog Soeseno, Taiwanese artists Rahic. Talif, Tafong. Kati and Roby. Swana (husband and wife duo), Chang Ho-Min, Wang Wei-Ho, and Cheng Hung-Nan all specialize in working with diverse materials, switching ideas back and forth while employing fantastical swatches of iron and steel.
The liberation of steel and iron materials, and the diverse possibilities of introducing mixed media, will be the highlights of this year’s Steel & Iron Sculpture Festival. The artists invited will use materials such stone, wood, clay, and possibly glass in conjunction with steel and iron materials. The pieces created by the artists will have a base of scrap steel or iron making up at least 50% of the sculpture, infused with relatively soft and warm materials. This softens the cold edge of steel and iron, and brings in different voices from different cultural backgrounds. Artists will look to nature as a starting point for the spirit of this creative endeavor. Through the spatial design of the superbly diverse re-used Pier-2 Art Center, they will present steel sculptures that are out of the ordinary.
This exhibition focuses on a juxtaposition of the original quality of steel and iron with various materials; we plan to invite artists who think in many different media to bring their diverse ideas to this “Steel Friends, Steel Fantasy: 2018 Kaohsiung International Steel & Iron Sculpture Festival”. The abundant, diverse possibilities of the artists’ extraordinary imaginations are expressed through the transformation of scrap steel and metal in their skillful hands. Artists from different countries and cultures, and working with completely different fields and materials, will incorporate geographical features and their unique methods into this site-specific art. Each artist represents a different school of thought, from each corner of the earth. Their ideas will converge, and techniques will be exchanged. From the many to the one, the one to the many, a powerful creative force will arise by the waters of Pier-2.