心象與自然共生:蔡尉成的當代雕塑藝術

Inner and Outer Landscapes: The Contemporary Sculpture Art of Tsai Wei-Cheng

文/張正霖
Article by Chang Cheng-Lin

在臺灣當代的雕塑創作中,蔡尉成的藝術開啟了極具個人風貌的格局,無論在創作方法或美學內涵上。這也使得蔡尉成的創作,必將進入臺灣美術史的書寫當中。立足在土地情感與心靈意象上,他的一系列作品,在獨特的造型語言裏,凝望著世界,同時也觀照著主體。理性與感性交織,迸發出蓬勃的生命力。蔡尉成的藝術,不僅在造型上構成個性極為強烈的系譜,更由於其生命美學的意涵,讓觀者得以細細咀嚼。

Tsai Wei-Cheng stands out across the realm of contemporary sculpture art in Taiwan with his exceptional personal style, creatively and aesthetically alike. Because of this, Tsai’s works will inevitably enter Taiwanese art history. Rooted in Tsai’s sentiment for the land and his imageries of the mind, the unique design of the artist’s work series gazes out towards the world while focusing on the subject. The intertwinement of sense and sensibility gives birth to vitality. Tsai Wei-Cheng’s artworks not only showcase unparalleled personality and design but also inspire the viewer to contemplate its aesthetic connotations.

2020年,勢必是不平凡的一年。也是在今年,蔡尉成完成了新的藝術創作,《風雲系列》。以坐落於中台灣、山間臺地的工作室為基地,蔡尉成與自然對話、與心靈對話,在物質與靈魂的辯證裏,將生命經驗賦予給了造型。創作的每一個過程,都體現著他對於藝術的堅持,以及深厚積蘊。從此一層面說,蔡尉成的作品是種存在的詩學。以自由作為引領,將對於內、外在世界的覺察,點點滴滴轉化成為作品的靈魂。可以這麽說,他的每件作品均是擁有縱深的生命,從而閃耀著誘人的審美光芒。一如蔡尉成曾述及,雕塑是藝術創作中的「重工業」; 在全身心的投入中,每個動作和過程,都成為作品力量的來源,也考驗著藝術家的思想與技藝高度,這些皆使得傑出的雕塑作品,顯得如此珍貴。蔡尉成長久的創作歷程和堅持,讓他成為了此種令人矚目的雕塑家,同時飽涵著當代性:在深刻的反思中,同時形塑出物質與詩意的交響。

2020 has been an unusual year, and it is during this year that Tsai completed his new work series “Wind and Cloud.” Tsai’s studio is located on a plateau in the mountains of central Taiwan. Conversing with nature and with the soul, Tsai engages in constant dialectical interactions between the physical and metaphysical, finally presenting new forms to life. Each step of the creative process is an embodiment of Tsai’s determination towards art and his deep aesthetic sophistication. From this perspective, Tsai’s works may be interpreted as poetics of existence. Guided by a sense of freedom and observations of the inner and outer worlds, these elements accumulate into the soul of the artworks. Tsai’s works manifest the profundity of life, shimmering with alluring aesthetic aura. Just as Tsai stated, sculpture is the heavy industry of artistic creation. When an artist is completely immersed in the creative process, the acts and processes become the work’s energy while challenging the artist’s thoughts and skills. Together, all of these factors give birth to outstanding, precious sculptures. Tsai’s creative journey and determination have sculpted him into a respected artist who is at the same time profoundly contemporary, capable of composing a symphony between materiality and poetry through deep reflection.

此次,蔡尉成於大雋藝術舉辦的個展,以「觀物取象」為核心,呼應的正是他深刻的藝術特質。蔡尉成撫觸自然與生活世界,將之轉化為風采獨具的造型。創作最初的泥塑,象徵著自我與自然對話的源起。蔡尉成就像是聆聽心籟的藝術行者,敏於思辨的創造出極具個性的創作系譜。此種淋漓盡致結合心象與自然的能力,在當代臺灣的美術史現場是十分突出的,更具有高度代表性。如風雲系列裡的《咫尺》一作,動態感強烈的人體與雲朵,被細膩地形構為整體,隱喻著生命的自由,正如自然的變化一般、多樣而盎然。自然如歌,生命如詩,在兩者中發出豐沛音聲的則是人的主體。

Tsai Wei-Cheng’s solo exhibition at Rich Art is themed “From World to Aesthetic Imagery,” showcasing the artist’s deep artistic temperament. Tsai delves into the natural world and into life, transforming the inspirations into charismatic designs. The clay sculptures in the early stage of the creative process symbol new conversation between the self and nature. Tsai Wei-Cheng is like an art practitioner who listens attentively to the whispers of the soul, creating an artistic genealogy that expresses eminent personality. This mastery of integrating the sceneries of the mind with the natural world is incredibly rare and highly representative in the contemporary art scene of Taiwan. For instance, work Right Here of the “Wind and Cloud” series delicately assembles dynamic representations of the human body and clouds, symbolizing how the freedom of life is like the changes and richness of the natural world. Nature is like a song, while life is like poetry; and the rhythms that the two create are essences of human beings.

本系列另件作品《有餘》中,充滿力量的手部姿態,則與主人翁之間形成高度張力,通過藝術化的身體意象,吐露著創作者對世界的體驗和反哺。雕塑作品是無聲的,卻有著豐富的意義與感悟在裡頭。

Above the Rest, another work from the “Wind and Cloud” series, portrays tension-inducing hand postures that express power. The artistic body imagery expresses the artist’s experience and reflection of the world. Sculptures are silent, but rich with imagery and rumination.

本次《觀物取象:蔡尉成個展》的呈現作品,無不流露在自我、藝術與環境間,充滿韻律的相互融合。這樣的、根基於生命經驗與存在本質的審美意境,正是蔡尉成的雕塑創作在藝術世界裡頭,最為顯著而動人的特徵。斯土有情,從土壤為起點的作品,更將蔡尉成的創作注入了臺灣美術史之中。

The works presented in the exhibition “From World to Aesthetic Imagery” all interpret the rhythmic integration between the self, art, and the surroundings. This aesthetic conception that is rooted in life experiences and the essence of existence is the most alluring quality of the works of Tsai Wei-Cheng. Created with dirt and clay and instilled with sentiments towards the land, the works of Tsai Wei-Cheng will definitely be listed in the art history of Taiwan.

大雋藝術2015年11月在台中成立 Rich Art Gallery (DA JUN ARTS LTD.) based in Taichung City is established in 2015.