Glorious Jewel Art Centre Taipei
May Hsu Solo Exhibition
2020. 10.24 – 2020.12.26
人生旅途無論境遇如何艱難，只要心中常有美地 (希望，陽光…)，生命中就有美好的追尋意象。 -徐秀美
2020盛夏，藝術家徐秀美的第一件裝置藝術 《鳥籠外的花園》 落成30年後，由寶吉祥集團主動出資修復認養，蛻變重生為台北的城市亮點。寶吉祥集團與藝術家徐秀美延續前緣，將於2020年10月24日在台北寶吉祥藝術中心推出徐秀美個展：《美地意象》。此次個展除了是藝術家的再出發，寶吉祥集團也期許在這疫情下，能以徐秀美充滿願景的作品，為觀者帶來正面的力量。
《美地意象》為藝術家徐秀美2020年的年度個展，展出多元且充滿意象的繪畫與裝置作品，藝術家以水墨、壓克力顏料、複合材料等多元的媒介呈現 「生命質變」 ，引領觀者跳脫框架，在人與空間、環境的關係中進行新的省思，體悟生命中不同的風景。徐秀美為台灣知名插畫家，活躍於各大平面媒體，並包辦了倪匡的小說《衛斯理》封面創作。作品也曾刊登於紐約知名設計雜誌Print ，更為紐約SAVVY, MMM, GOURMET雜誌等設計插畫。除了平面繪畫外，徐秀美更是一位「全觀式」的藝術家。她無疆界的藝術創作追求，藉由探索人與空間的關係，迄今以裝置藝術獲得了無數獎項，更是推動了台灣許多在地公共藝術創作，成就卓越。
Harsh as realities of life might be, we will go on searching for the good and the beautiful as long as our heart entertains a locus amoenus abounding with hope and sunshine. -May Hsu
In the mid-summer of 2020, artist May Hsu’s first installation, “Garden Outside the Cage,” celebrated its 30th anniversary after the completion. Glorious Jewel Group took the initiative to repair and adopt this meaningful artwork, transforming it into a new highlight in Taipei City. Glorious Jewel Group and May Hsu move forward their partnership and launch May Hsu's solo exhibition: "Locus Amoenus," presented at Glorious Jewel Art Center from October 24th to December 26th, 2020. Not only as a rebirth for the artist, this solo exhibition also carries the hope from Glorious Jewel Group to bring positive impact to society in this severe moment under the pandemic through May Hsu’s inspirational artworks.
"Locus Amoenus" is May Hsu's annual solo exhibition in 2020. This exhibition features diverse and atmospheric two-dimensional paintings and installations. Employing various medium such as ink, acrylic paint and mixed media to present the "qualitative change in life," May Hsu leads the viewer to think outside of the “frame” and reflect on the relationship among people, space and environment, encouraging individual to see different landscapes in life. May Hsu is an established illustrator in Taiwan, being active in major print media and creating the covers of Ni Kuang's novel, Wesley. Her work has also been published in the well-known design magazine, Print, moreover, she designed illustrations for SAVVY, MMM, GOURMET magazines in New York. In addition to two-dimensional painting, May Hsu is also a "full-perspective" artist. Her pursuit of artistic creation is boundless, and freely explores the relationship between people and space. She has received numerous awards for her installations, which not only encouraged many public art works in Taiwan but also achieved outstanding accomplishment.
This exhibition is also Hsu’s first solo exhibition combining large-scale installation, calligraphy and painting following the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Taipei in 2010. This time, May Hsu specially brings newly created installation art works into the exhibition. The ingenious combination of plane and multiple dimensions will create an incredible artistic experience to the viewer through the interaction between the audience and the space.
繪畫的成就並不是徐秀美藝術的唯一，她是位不斷突破自我並不安於現狀的前衛藝術家。自1984年於紐約帕森斯設計學院畢業後，她的藝術創作並不拘泥於單一風格並樂於探索新的媒介，跳脫了平面的創作，開始以其藝術家獨特的品味探索人與空間。徐秀美蛻變成台灣藝術界一位全觀式的藝術家，作品涵蓋影像, 雕塑, 家具, 空間裝置, 以及大型公共藝術。徐秀美對於藝術的盡興探索與自由追求，每每為藝術帶來蓬勃的生命力。
[About May Hsu]
May Hsu is a legend in Taiwan's illustration industry, and her paintings are romantic, poetic and imaginative yet with a sense of sincerity. Mysterious and interesting paintings are the illusory space depicted by May Hsu with her free and relaxed lines. She captures the flow of the mind and draws the viewer to float in the shades of color details.
The achievement in painting is not the destination of May Hsu’s art pursuit. She is an avant-garde artist who constantly challenges herself and is not restricted by the status quo. Since graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York City in 1984, her artistic creation has not limited to a single style, and she has been willing to explore new media. She jumped outside of the box of graphic creation and began to explore people and space with her unique artistic taste. May Hsu has transformed into a full-perspective artist in Taiwan. Her approaches of art include images, sculptures, furniture, installations, and large-scale public art. May Hsu’s spirit of comprehensive exploration and free pursuit of art always bring vigorous vitality into the art world.
With the in-depth view of “qualitative change in life” as the theme, “Locus Amoenus” is like the reflection of the human space after the COVID-19 pandemic, containing the blueprint of hope from society. Recirculating the mutation and returning to life, like the eagle's rebirth, regaining the power from the new creation and spreading its wings, showing the incredible landscape in life after the qualitative change!
The painting, sculpture and installations are presented respectively on the first and second floor in the space of the modern gallery. It is the artistic collision and division resulted from the intersection of plane and multi-dimensional space. It is the free tension of evolution when different materials meet, and the "new ecology of space" also emerges in the material’s natural state. Is the experience of beauty, the implied pulsation of life in metamorphosis, a period of afternoon wind marks that the soul chews, or is it a beautiful garden that leads to another destiny in life? -May Hsu
新生 , 2020
30 x 30 x 65 cm
50 x 30 x 12 cm
空間物語系列三 (一式三件), 2020
60 x 60cm (x3)
美地 , 2020
240 x 153cm