睽違多年，藝術家韓湘寧再度回到台灣，於關渡美術館大師系列展廳[Master Piece Room]舉辦個展「韓湘寧的時空回顧」。早慧的他實際上於1961年即以抽象作品入選巴西聖保羅雙年展，而後也在1966年攝製過《跑》這件錄像作品，2010年剪輯成11分鐘長的影片裡，畫家席德進身著條紋上衣在清晨的仁愛圓環上不斷跑著，空無一人的街道上逐漸出現車流，最終席德進的身影混入摩托車陣中，消失在鏡頭前。抽象畫、照相寫實、錄像、甚至結合了行為的拓印畫…，韓湘寧從不被媒材所束縛，這次在關渡美術館展出《2016紐約SOHO》、《1986重慶人群》、《白色自畫像》系列與《行旅圖》系列作品等，不僅展現韓湘寧在媒材上的多方嘗試，也藉由創作來為大眾訴說他50多年來的移動軌跡。
H. N. Han is finally returning to Taiwan after some years away to present a solo exhibition, RECALLING, at Master Piece Room, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, TNUA. Han showing early signs of true talent, his abstract work was already selected for the Sao Paulo Art Biennial in 1961. In 1966, he created the video work, Running, which was edited in 2010 into a 11-minute long video consisting of the painter Hsi De-Chin wearing a striped shirt running continuously in the morning around the Renai Roundabout in Taipei. As cars begin to show up on the originally empty street, He is then blended into a flock of scooters, disappearing before the lens. Creating abstract paintings, realism photography, video art, and even rubbing paintings combined with performance art, Han is never bounded by the medium. On view at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts this time are SOHO New York, 2016; People of Chongqing, 1986; various series of Self Portrait; and the series of Travelers. The artworks not only shows Han’s attempts to work with different media but also showcase his endeavor to use art to recount to the public the trajectory of his movements in the past fifty years.
Han moved to New York in 1967 to pursue a career in art, and he created a second creative base in Dali, China in 2000. He has recently returned to Taiwan to prepare for the shaping of his third studio. He divides his time living in different cities each year, and RECALLING – H. N. Han Solo Exhibition shows the accumulation and compilation of the artist’s creative journey and the different horizons he has gained from living in different areas. At the same time, the solo exhibition is also engaged in by the artist based on his own creative context, with each series also a review of the trajectory of the artist’ living spaces. Han is continuing with the context of his painting this time, using extremely faint colors of white and gray to depict several photographs that hold great significance for him. Han is regarded in China as a “living history of contemporary art”, and through illustrating his past memories, he also continues to engage in a dialogue with Taiwan.
His Travelers series originated in the 1990s from a collection of rubbings Han created in Soho, New York. He began by taking photographs to replace sketches, but later felt the approah was insufficient. He then used a roller, ink, and paper to transfer the textures on the roads he walked on each day by rubbing. From 1999, he began to incorpoarte impressions from the famous painting by Fan Kuan (ca. 950-ca. 1031) from the Northern Song period, Travelers among Mountains and Streams, in his artworks, and he cotinued to rub and transfer different features of urban deveopment he saw in China when he moved to Dali, China in 2000, This time in Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Han’s Travelers Among Washington, D.C. and Sanxia, Taipei is placed on display in the center of gallery, with the artist’s boundless creative energy demonstrated.