【Aaron Horse Solo Exhibition】Frontside and Backside
Duration: May 16 2020 – June 24 2020
Opening: May 23 2020 (Sat.) 19:00-21:00
Venue: VT Artsalon (B1, No.17, Ln.56, Sec. 3, Xinsheng N. Rd, Taipei City 104, Taiwan)
Born 1991 in Cleveland, USA.
Lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan.
Graduated from Yuan Ze University with a bachelor's degree in Art and Design in 2013, En-Lun Lin masters in the medium of printmaking, installation, and video, focusing on the interaction between humans, objects and their surroundings. In 2012, he joined the co-operation of 789 Chicken Farm—an alternative space for art, holding over thirty art exhibitions and related events by far. In 2015, he started his master degree in Fine Art at Taipei National University of the arts. While continuing his artworks, he investigates printmaking techniques and further integrates laser cutting into the making process. Besides taking part in several printmaking exhibitions, he also held workshops for printmaking. For instance, the Slice of Landscape workshop in Hsian Guang Second Village, Home Style workshops in Military Dependents Village Museum, and so on.
2020 MFA, Department of Fine Arts, TNUA, Taipei, Taiwan
2013 BD, Department of Art and Design, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan, Taiwan
2019 “Stay Still”, Changduo Tianrongji Former Residence, New Taipei, Taiwan
2018 “Contributing to The Society”,Taiwan Annual, Taipei, Taiwan
2018 “移家”, Hsian Guang Second Village, Taoyuan, Taiwan
2017 “非常時期”, VT Artsalon, Taipei, Taiwan
2016 “A Piece of Daily”, YIRI ARTS, Taichung, Taiwan
2016 “No One Here”, MBmore, Taipei, Taiwan
2016 “一卡丘皮箱”, Wasteland Art Space, New Taipei, Taiwan
2016 “She's Gone Away”, 33 Art Showcase, Taipei, Taiwan
2015 “Never Mind”, 789 Chicken Farm, Taoyuan, Taiwan
2015 “VT Show Show”, VT Artsalon, Taipei, Taiwan
2015 “失明地磁線”, Tunghai 43 Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
2015 “Raffaello in Crystal Island”, 789 Chicken Farm, Taoyuan, Taiwan
2019 Contemporary Sculpture Lit Pao Prize
2018 Liao Shiou-Ping Printmaking Scholarship
2018 Long Yen Foundation : The 12th Art Scholarship
2016 Liao Shiou-Ping Printmaking Scholarship
In comparison to external landmark structures such as architecture and public art, I am more concerned with the ‘in-betweens’ of basic facilities along a pathway such as elements like the road surface marking or street furniture. Through collecting and documenting them along my daily travels as well as longer journeys, my focus has come to the subject of publicness brought about by the diverse structures and spatial plans in urban areas. In Taiwan, roadside spaces are commonly occupied with add-on structures like private roadblocks, plant arrangements and the more inventive self-built concrete or metal compositions, can be easily observed. Like they would a wall, people construct roadside spaces in their own ways. This kind of ‘interface’ creates a new mode for observation, that from the perspective of a spreading tree root, in search of spaces and objects under identical conditions. The spatial setting of a secondary road should encompass from its centre the driveway, the parking grids, the sidewalk and the arcade respectively. Such urban spaces managed by separate units are expected to be clearly defined as either belonging to public or private territory, but instead one often finds the blurred border a shared public space as a result of power distribution. Sidewalk motorbikes, arcade gardens and fractured concrete floors are such examples. These often ignored borders act as flexible elements travelling freely within the spatial structure of shared public spaces, transforming roadside borders and, at the same time, revealing private interests and ultimately creating a new way of establishing a relationship with space. Correspondingly, my visual focus affects as well my perception of art and creative state, and thus I have chosen to study spaces through a method of imagining pre-production sketches and even recollecting non-existing plans. And for this reason, I have developed an obsession with the manipulation of minimalistic bordering outlines and turned to eliminate the unfitting parts in reality.
Mobility is an inevitable element of the reality of the streets. The mobile human body initiates dialogue with the city through different ways of moving, such as walking, biking or driving, which create different routes and experiences, forming spatial divisions and subsequently at times resulting in conflicts. These spatial divisions shape the concept of verticality and horizontality regarding the notion of the interface, one that stands between the transition of and that within channel spaces. However, there is an activity of constant movement across the interface such as skateboarding, a medium through which one is introduced to the city and allowed direct interaction with its surrounding landscape. In Mobility, architectural historian Iain Borden explains how skateboarding uncovers the potential of urban spaces in a new and fascinating way. The same way passersby are turned into parkour practitioners, spaces, becoming ‘vertical’, ‘curved’ and ‘symmetrical’, are ‘revived from a discontinued and near-death state. Sidewalk curbs, railways and stairways become hugely different. Through various ways of moving, skateboarding opens up a new route in the urban setting, providing in the process of transition a fresh rhythm for movements and a new approach towards understanding the environment. I intend to reveal in my work how artistic creation, perhaps like the skateboard, can serve as a mediator between the self and the environment.