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游本寬 Ben Yu

     Ben Yu is currently an adjunct professor of visual art at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan.

He is the author of Ben Ba Photo Album(2015),

The Words Around Us: Seeing Without Understanding ( 2014 ),

The Latent and the Visible ( 2012 ),

Public Art in Taiwan:Landmarks(2011),

Issues of Fine Art Photography(2003),

The Puppet Bridegroom(2002),

Reading into Taiwan, Part One: Between Real and Unreal: a monograph(2001),

The History of Surrealism In Photography and Its Applications(1995),

Ben Yu Photographic Constructions(1990).

    Mr. Yu has exhibited his work internationally in Paris, Berlin, Yokohama, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Philadelphia, New York, and Taiwan. Through the complex juxtapositions of images, Ben’s work explores a visual language that examines cultural identity and characteristics of the commonplace.    

    He lives and works in Pennsylvania and Taiwan.

 

My Approach

游本寬1989年初自美返國以來,一直藉由在國內各大學的影像藝術教學和創作發表,推展以消音、靜態影像為主,並結合美術思維的「美術攝影」(Fine Art Photography)創作。

1992年,他首先將Fine Art Photography譯名為「美術攝影」,提出「照像‧造像」的創作觀,並以傳統照片、「攝影藝術書」和影像裝置形式,在多國舉辦展覽,呼應自己所倡導的「美術攝影」。

游本寬的影像,無論是單張或多張複合,常採用繁複的構成、尺寸意義、觀眾參與的意念等,促使觀影活動猶如虛擬的拍照行為。早期著重「觀念藝術」式的拍照,近期則偏向對台灣當代視覺文化的思維,以日常顯現的景觀及其文化產物為內容,持續發表「閱讀台灣」的系列影像。

歷年創作中比較顯著的影像類型如下:

(一)並置的複合影像

將單張照片並置、排組成巨大影像,藉觀看時身體移動所產生的漂浮視點,表現繁複、碎斷的影像記事。代表作品:

  • <蘇珊的日記第三十六頁>(1998),240 × 195 cm
     

  • <周五天氣預報--晴時多雲>(1998),240 × 130 cm
     

  • <真假之間>動物系列(II)(1997),300 × 1500 cm

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(二)影像裝置

依表述內容將照片做非平面化的吊掛,呈現多方位視野的影像藝術。代表作有:

  • 將52個猶如“影像磚”的燈箱,砌成一座象徵生活日記本的影像牆 :<家庭照相本,燈箱系列>(1996)。
     

  • <無止境>(1988):以地面的水和天空白雲間做無限轉換的情形為意象,以照片群組成一個靜、動對話的影像空間。同一件作品在2000年重新發表時,則以水中的魚為焦點,透過大型影像輸出的垂釣形式,呈現濃郁的趣味性空間。
     

  • <懷特兄弟>(1990):將十來張雲朵及腳踏車照片裱褙在透明的長膠膜內,然後懸浮在展場上空。
     

  • 在密閉空間內,由三部連續自播的幻燈機,加上擴音的機械音效,交錯成:<法國椅子在台灣──觀光旅遊系列>幻燈影像裝置。
     

  • <真假之間>投影裝置(1998,2001):將一系列有關台灣環境的影像,持續地投射在壁上的凹洞或空箱內。
     

  • 2004年Co4展中,以兩張一個樓高的巨幅影像包夾出一塊似cheese cake型的三角立體造形,中間隨意堆砌著帶本位意含的「在地紙箱」,並在上面連續地投映《真假之間》系列影像,暗徵台灣慣有眾多、物超所值的口氣。至於仿製外來糕點造形的省思是:廣納入口之後,緊縮出口的自限。

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(三)「觀念攝影」

理論上,「觀念攝影」不是攝影史中既定的風格名詞,它所指的是:觀念藝術家以攝影術為主要工具(尤其是經由拍照),表現或記錄個人觀念的方式。「觀念攝影」不以表現傳統攝影特質為主,而著重在檢視攝影的本質思維,例如︰不同期的《家庭照相簿》和《法國椅子在台灣》系列,便是藉由現實生活中,明信片和觀光照片影像基模,所呈想的影像藝術形式。除此之外,還有以下的例子:
 

  • <十九幅光的作品>(1988):作者在展場地面上鋪置了十八張有黑色倒影的自拍照,然後配合現場燈光投射在觀眾背後所造成「第十九個黑影」的現象,論述個人對PHOTO-GRAPHY「光性書寫」的另類思索。
     

  • <水果照片>(1990):一組以水果為演員的表演紀錄照片。
     

  • <有關於高更>(1989):將高更名畫中的影像挪用、轉印在個人照片裡。
     

  • 《法國椅子在台灣──觀光旅遊系列》(1997-99),將一把由法國進口的椅子,放置在台灣各個角落拍照。然後再把這些類似旅遊照片的結果送回椅子原產地——法國展出。整件作品,除照片結果的圖像意義之外,還意圖藉影像在異國間的運送,觸及異域文化的解讀。
     

  • 《法國椅子在台灣,觀光旅遊系列》<鶯歌雨中即景>(1999,2002):將覆蓋有塑膠布椅子的影像,輸出在巨大塑膠帆布上(230 × 365 cm),經由後製材質調侃影像真實的信念。
     

  • 《台灣房子──柏林櫥櫃系列》(2000):將印有台灣房子影像的襯衫請柏林人穿著,然後在每個人的儲衣櫃前拍照。
     

  • 《私人展覽》觀念藝術活動(2003):透過郵寄方式,將作品《真假之間》以及《台灣新郎》兩本精緻的影像集,同時寄給近百位(未曾見過面)的中、外讀者,三個月後再寄回給作者。

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(四)「地誌式鏡像」與影像訊息收集

藉由中距離、正面取景以及平面順光等彩色「鏡像」形式,從訊息的概念出發,思索「數量」在藝術中的角色。代表作品有:

  • 閱讀台灣系列之一:《真假之間》動物及肖像系列。
     

  • 閱讀台灣系列之二:《法國椅子在台灣,觀光旅遊系列》。
     

  • 閱讀台灣系列之三:《台灣房子》系列,民舍、商家、宗教建物專題。
     

  • 閱讀台灣系列之四:《永續寶島》、《福爾摩莎公共藝術》系列
     

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(五)「數位藝術家書本」的形式再思

由於數位印刷術的精進,當代攝影家已能將印刷廠視為另一種傳統暗房的替代場所,讓非單一的「數位複製照片」成為可行。《真假之間》及《台灣新郎》兩本書用採用類似展場照片大小(25 ×38公分)來設計,前者更以折頁形式,將所有的影像串成十八公尺長的「圖象河」。《台灣新郎》則是將圖、文做上下對應,讓翻閱過程如同面對一幕幕紙本話劇般。

Resume

Ben Yu                                                     

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              Education

                      1988       Ohio University, M.F.A. Photography

                   1988       Ohio University, M.A. Art Education

 

Solo Exhibitions

                  2018      Moving landscapes, 2018 Taipei International Photography Festival, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial                                   Hall, Taipei

                  2017      Black Series,2017 Taipei Art Photography Expo, Huashan Arts and Culture Zone,Taipei

                  2016      Black and White Colors, 2016Taipei International Photography Festival, Taipei City Arts                                               Promotion Office

                  2015      Ben Ba Photo Album, Taipei Art Photography Expo, Huashan Arts and Culture Zone,Taipei

                  2014      The Words Around Us: Seeing Without Understanding, Huashan Arts and Culture Zone,Taipei

                  2013      Water Tower Installation, Taiwan Music Museum, Taipei

                  2013      Blocked Vision, Main Trend Gallery, Taipei

                  2012      The Latent and the Visible, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou,China

                  2011      East meet West, Art Gallery of Shanghai Normal University, China

                  2011      The Latent and the Visible, Main Trend Gallery, Taipei      

                  2002      The Puppet Bridegroom, Chengchi University Art Center, Taipei

                  2002      French Chair in Taiwan, Peng Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.

                  2001      Between Real and Unreal, Chiao Tung University Arts Center, Hsing Chu,Taiwan

                  2001      Recollection and Representation, Chengchi University Art Center, Taipei

                  2000      Taiwanese House, Forderkoje Gallery, Berlin, Germany

                  1999      French Chair in Taiwan, IT Park, Taipei

                  1990      Image Construction, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung

       

 
Group Exhibitions

                 2016      Snap Taking & Slow Thinking - Social Spectrum in the Age of Staged Photography,                                                       Kachsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kachsiung

                 2016      Taipei International Photography Exhibition, Taipei City Arts Promotion Office,                                                              Taipei

                 2016      Boundless Visions: New Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection, Taipei Fine Art Museum,                                    Taipei

                 2013      Intersecting Vectors—Experimental Projects from the TFAM Collection, Taipei Fine Art Museum,                                  Taipei

                 2012      Taipei International Photography Exhibition, 

                 2012      Future Pass,Beijing Today Fine Art Museum,China    

                 2011      Eye of the Times – Centennial Images of Taiwan ,Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei

                 2009      SPEAk DESCRIBE - 2009 Cross-Strait Contemporary Art ,National Taiwan Museum of Art、                                    China Fine Art Museum, Beijing, China

                 2008      Pingyao International Photography Exhibition, Shanxi Province, China

                 2008      Beyond 20 Degree Celsius-Exhibition of 「Room Temperature Luminescence」from Taiwan’s                                  Contemporary Imaging Art, National Taiwan Museum of Art , Shenzhen, He Xiangning Fine Art                                    Museum, China

                 2008      Open City: Architecture in Art,  Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei

                 2008      Built ‧ shadow,TVAC gallery ,Taipei

                 2006      "Taipei Point of View" Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei

                 2006      "Super Reality", Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei

                 2005      Human Security, project -Limits on Freedom- Art of Taiwan Today, The Grossman Gallery,                                            Lafayette College, PA, U.S.A.

                 2004      CO4 Taiwan Avant-Garde Documenta II, National Cultural Association, Taipei

                 2005      The Multiform Nineties: Taiwan’s Art Branches Out, Taipei Fine Art Museum

                 2004      Readings of People: Familiarity and Strangeness – Highlights from the Permanent Collection,                                      Taipei Fine Art Museum

                 2003      The Trails of Time, 50 years Taiwanese Art since the End of World War II, Ch’ang Liu Art                                              Museum, Taoyuan, Taiwan  

                 2003      2003 Notable Chinese and Taiwanese Photographers Exhibition, National Museum of History,                                      Taipei

                 2002      Magnetic Writing II, IT Park Taipei

                 2002      Taiwan’s New Aesthetic, Jeff Hsu’s Art Gallery, Taipei

                 2002      Contemporary Taiwanese Photography, Main Trend Gallery, Taipei

                 2002      16th National Annual Fine Art Invitational Exhibition, Taipei

                 2002      Asian Super Real Life, Portsite Gallery, Yokohama, Japan

                 2002      Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Altoona, Johnstown, and                                        Ligonier Valley, PA, U.S.A.

                 2002      The Sixth Biennial Photography Art Auction: Something for Every Home, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo,                                  NY, U.S.A.

                 2002      2002 Asia Photo Biennial, Gallery La Mer, Seoul, Korea

                 2002      Paradise in Search of a Future, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.

                 2001      Paradise in Search of a Future, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, U.S.A.

                 2000      Vision of Pluralism: Contemporary Art in Taiwan, 1988-1999, Mountain Museum, Kaoshung,                                        Taiwan; National History Museum, Taipei

                 1999      Vision of Pluralism: Contemporary Art in Taiwan, 1988-1999, China Fine Art Museum, Beijing,                                      China

                 1999      Entry →Zoo,, Lin & Keng Gallery, Taipei

                 1999      15th National Annual Fine Art Invitational Exhibition, Taipei

                 1999      Selections from the Permanent Collection, Taipei Fine Art Museum

                 1998      You Talk/I Listen, Centre d’ Art et de Culture de Marne-la-Vallee, Paris, France.

                 1998      You Talk/I Listen/Taiwan, Taipei Fine Arts Museum

                 1997      S.P.E. of China Faculty Exhibition, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan.

                 1997      Third Annual Fine Art Invitational Exhibition, Tainan, Taiwan

                 1996      The Quest For Identity: 1996 Taipei Biennial, "Family Album” light box installation, Taipei Fine                                      Arts Museum

                 1996      Contemporary Taiwanese Portraiture, "Family Album" light box installation, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen                                        Memorial Hall, Taipei

                 1996      Second Annual Fine Art Invitational Exhibition, Tainan, Taiwan

                 1996      Tainan Photography Festival Invitational, Tainan, Taiwan

                 1995      Hualien Hui-lan Art Invitational Competition, Hualien, Taiwan 

                 1994      Truth and Falsehood, Up Gallery, Taipei

                 1992      Made in Taiwan (II). Taipei Photography Festival, Fuji Gallery, Taipei

                 1992      Horizon of Korean Photography, Seoul Fine Arts Museum, Seoul, Korea

                 1991      Made in Taiwan (I), Taipei Photography Festival, Rainbow Gallery, Taipei

                 1990      First Photography Auction and Exhibition, Fotosoft Image Space, Taipei

                 1989      Reconstructed Photographs, Level Three Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.

                 1989      First Gallery, Invitational Show, New York, NY, U.S.A.

 

Public Collections

                               Taipei Fine Arts Museum

                                Taiwan Museum of Art

 

Professional Experience

                 2016 to present      Adjunct professor of visual art at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. 

                 2012 to 2016      Professor of visual art at Shih Chien University in Taipei, Taiwan.

                 2010 to 2012      Distinguished Professor, Advertising Department, National Chengchi University, Taipei,                                                 Taiwan 

                 1989 to 2009      Professor of visual art. Advertising Department, National Chengchi University, Taipei,                                                   Taiwan. 

                 2007 to 2009      Director, Advertising Department, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan. 

                 2004 to 2007      Director, The Center for Media and Informational Design, School of Communication,                                                     National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan.

 

 
Grants

 

                 2011      Visiting artist. Shanghai Normal University, China    

                 2005      Visiting artist. Lafayette College, Pennsylvania 

                 2005      Visiting Scholar. Department of Integrative Arts, Pennsylvania State University, University Park,                                  PA. Six-month fellowship granted by the National Science Council in Taipei

                 1999      Visiting Scholar. Department of Integrative Arts, Pennsylvania State University, University Park,                                  PA. Twelve-month fellowship granted by the National Science Council in Taipei

                 1996      Best Academic Research Publication for The History of Surrealism in Photography and Its                                            Applications. Awarded by the National Science Council in Taipei 

 

Books

                 2019      Transcendent Images, The Second Death

                 2017      Fabricated and Documentary Photography

                 2015      Ben Ba Photo Album

                 2014      Seeing Without Understanding

                 2012      The Latent and the Visible

                 2011      Public Art in Taiwan: Landmarks

                 2003      Issues of Fine Art Photography, Taipei Fine Arts Museum

                 2002      The Puppet Bridegroom, Published in association with the National Department of Education

                 2001      Reading into Taiwan. Part One: Between Real and Unreal. Chiao Tung University, Hsing Chu,                                      Taiwan

                 1995      The History of Surrealism in Photography and Its Applications, Wen-la publisher

                 1990      Ben Yu Photographic Constructions

 
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