We took down Roy and Giorgio’s artwork, because they are not as nice as before. All materials will be reused by artists for the 2015 art project. Also, at Roy’s site will a new artwork grow up ….please keep your eyes on our blog. ;-)
The artists have arrived and were greeted on Friday morning by the school children with wonderful songs and ukulele!
We had a great welcome party on Saturday night, and the head magistrate of Yunlin County and several officials from the county and local government were there as well as many people from Cheng Long village. The artists enjoyed all the food that was brought to share and then made presentations to introduce themselves and what they will make in Cheng Long.
On Sunday we took some time to learn about bamboo. The artists and volunteers got a demonstration on how to make a stool by a bamboo master. He uses his toes to hold the bamboo, and can make a stool in less than an hour with very little measuring.
Chao-Chung then invited us to his art camp, which is an old Taiwanese army camp that he cleaned up 10 years ago, and now uses as his studio and as an art community.
The artists then tried to make the same bamboo stool as the bamboo master.
The volunteers also worked with bamboo to get familiar with the material.
I think Yu-Chan is a little worried here…
The artists ordered new bamboo for their projects on Saturday, but we are close to the shore so we can also get a lot of drift wood which can be used for the art installations.
The driftwood and old bamboo poles collected is then rolled down the seawall, and the local sanitation workers help us bring it back to Cheng Long.
Tsuneo finds one more piece of drift wood…
The drift wood is in our courtyard, and the artists are now ready to work! Keep checking this Blog for photos of the works in progress by the 2015 Cheng Long artists: Christopher Varody-Szabo, Roger Rigorth, Marisa Merlin, Tsuneo Sekiguchi, and Chao-chang Lee.
Curator Jane Ingram Allen will create an artwork in Cheng Long this year!
As all of you know, Jane has been the Curator for the Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project since it began in 2010, and she comes to the village each year during the 25 days of the art project to supervise the selected international artists. Usually Jane has no chance to make her own artwork during the art project. Most of you know that Jane is also an artist as well as a curator, and that she first came to Taiwan in 2004 as a Fulbright Scholar artist in residence to do her artwork with handmade paper from plants of Taiwan. This photo shows Jane in 2004 with one of her “Taiwan Site Maps” that focused on the many flowers of Taiwan.
This year, Jane will have some time to work as an artist as well as working as the curator. During the 2015 art project Jane plans to create a “Cheng Long Site Map”, and she will make handmade paper from local plant waste materials and use other materials collected in Cheng Long to create a large-scale suspended two-sided artwork that can be moved around to different sites in the village. Jane will involve the local community in the papermaking process and have an open studio so that people of all ages can join in the papermaking. Jane’s Cheng Long Site Map as well as the community handmade paper artworks will be displayed in Cheng Long Village at a selected site and remain on view in Cheng Long.
Here are some photos of Jane’s previous “site maps” artworks created in different residencies around the world using handmade paper she created from the local plants.
This photo shows Jane’s “Bali Site Map” created during a 2008 residency at Bali Purnati Center for the Arts, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
This artwork is Jane’s “Tanzania Site Map” created as an artist in residence in 2009 at Warm Heart Art Tanzania, Arusha, Tanzania in Africa.
接下來這張照片是2009年Jane在非洲坦尚尼亞，一個位在阿魯沙市的藝術中心”Warm Heart Art Tanzania”所創作的「坦尚尼亞區域地圖」。
This artwork is Jane’s “Chiayi Site Map” created as an artist in residence in Chiayi, Taiwan, during her Fulbright grant project in 2005.
Everyone is invited to come out to visit with Jane and join in the papermaking process for the Cheng Long Site Map. We will post soon where Jane’s studio will be in Cheng Long and what times Jane will be there for the Open Studio public participation.
Message to children from Roger Rigorth
Hello children of the Cheng Long Elementary School. My name is Roger Rigorth from Germany, but born in Switzerland with French roots. That’s why I have a French Name. I am 50 years old and for the last 25 years I am traveling and working all over the world. I love to work with wood because I love the trees and the forest. In your country i will work with Bamboo. I also work very often with rope and love to weave with it. I live in an old traditional timber frame house in Germany.
Message to Children from Tsuneo Sekiguchi
Tsuneo Sekihuchi ( 関口恒男) 給小朋友的信
I am Japanese artist Tsuneo Sekiguchi.
My work is to make rainbows.
The statue sitting next to me is Rainbow-head.
He is a baby and meditating and he reflects a rainbow from his head.
I am looking forward to making rainbows with you soon.
I am attaching a photo with this email.
“Hello” message from Chao-chang Lee to the children
Hello everyone, I was born in Yunlin County. My name is Lee ,chao-chang. I was grew up here and now live here, in Siluo town.
I have traveled the world looking for a beautiful place; a decade ago I returned to my home town and discovered that here is the most beautiful. Yes, So I found an abandoned army camp(where the soldiers were protecting the Xiluo Bridge before), After cleaning a lot of garbage, my friends can play a variety of games here; I teach you or you teach me and so on….. Here is like an interesting school.
Want to know what we are playing in this game？
Please remember to ask me secretly that question when we meet. Oh, because I usually do not tell anyone the secret.
The 2015 Cheng Long artists are preparing to come to Cheng Long and will arrive in Cheng Long village on April 9! Now they want to say hello to all the children and tell a little about what they will make for the art project this year. The artists also send us their portrait photos and some more interesting photos for the children to see on the Blog.
This Blog entry will have the Hello message and photos from two of the 2015 Artists, and the next Blog entry will have the Hello from the other 3 artists.
We are all excited to welcome these international artists to Cheng Long Village for the 2015 international environmental art project.
Here is the message from Christopher Varady-Szabo from Australia, now living in Canada:
Hi, my name is Christopher and I am an artist from Quebec, which is the French speaking part of Canada. I actually grew up in Australia so I speak English too. I’m really looking forward to coming to Cheng Long and meeting you all. I’m planning to make a “portable landscape” and I’m sure that you’ll be able to help me make It, especially when it comes to putting some mud on it and planting some plants. See you soon in Cheng Long,
Here is the message from Marisa Merlin from Italy:
My name is Marisa and I live in Padova or Padua in Italy.
Padova is an ancient city with many important historical monuments, artworks and buildings: we have one of the oldest and most important universities in the world; a very ancient botanical garden, beautiful frescos by Giotto of 1300,…and more others things. There is a lot I would like to describe to you, but it’s easier if you come to visit me: I’ll be happy to show you everything! I love to ride the bicycle to get around the city, but we must be very careful because car drivers are not very polite! My favorite food is pizza of course, and I love seafood. If you look at the map, you can see that Padova is very close to Venezia or Venice, a fantastic city where all has been built on poles planted in the water. I really love Venezia, and I never get tired of going there even just for a walk.
A little about my family:
My daughter Piera is an architect and she lives and works in Brussels in Belgium. She is also a very good photographer and sometimes composes electronic music: not too easy to listen for me !!! My sister Lorenza is an artist too, she has traveled a lot across many countries, and she speaks 5 languages. Not like me! My mom is 95 years old, but still goes every day to walk for a while! She is curious and asked me a lot about my coming to Taiwan.
My artwork has always been focused on environmental issues, and I’ve done many outdoor art installations often by using waste materials such as plastic, aluminum cans, bottles etc. For Cheng Long I proposed to write the word EARTH ( TERRA in italian) in large huge letters, in the largest size possible, so that we always remember how important it is. I’ve already realized this project elsewhere, using different materials: for example, stones, wood cuttings, organic and inorganic urban waste, old carpets etc. The idea is to do it everywhere, but the installation in your village will be special because everyone will be able to participate to make it better! The word EARTH will be composed of layers of sandbags filled with sand, earth or shells. In the sacks even some seeds and salt-resistant small plants that grow wild around your village will be planted. The sun and the rain will make them sprout. But to do it well I’ll need your help to look for the small plants, to know their names and their characteristics, and to show me what is better to collect. Do you want to help me?
I enjoy working with children doing workshops at the schools in my city (and with adults too), and It will be great to meet you all and work together: I think it will be a great and nice experience and I will learn a lot from you, it will be a lovely gift to carry home for me.
I look forward to meet you all and work with you!
Ciao ciao a tutti dall’Italia
Bye Bye to all from Italy,
最近大偵探們有點蠟燭多頭燒，恨不得自己能有個”九頭十八手”(疑?是可以這樣用嗎?)， 以今天為例，一下子要處理藝術家的材料(舊竹子/新竹子/麻繩/麻袋/回收鍋具/布料/機票/住宿……)；一下子要打電話給報名的志工(喂~ 你確定要報名嗎?真的很辛苦喔!)；一下子要和成龍國小確認課程和午餐 (各班接待的藝術家/用餐量及時間)；同時間還要準備今年度的文宣摺頁海報，甚至還要宣傳一下周末的小偵探活動(門牌製作的第二階段)，因天候不佳就先整理借來的房子內部，還有例行生態調查也在進行，當然魚塭晒池整地養藻一刻也不能鬆懈!!
因本年度受限於經費及場地等因素，故無法增額錄取，在此對熱血參與徵選的朋友們致上十二萬分謝意 (甚至還有位遠在美國的Peter 不僅想特地回台，還以他的專業，提供大偵探許多環境監測相關的資訊呢！Thanks sooooo much！)有空歡迎各位抽空來給我們探班!!或是透過此部落格及 Facebook一起關心藝術計畫的進展 :)
Have a good night ！
I am happy to announce that artist and curator Isabelle Garbani, originally from France and now living in New York City, will be the new Assistant Curator for the Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project. As all of you know I started this environmental art project in the village of Cheng Long, Yunlin County, in 2010, and have worked with the Kuan Shu Educational Foundation and the people of Cheng Long area for 6 years organizing and curating this project. Now, I am thinking that the art project in Cheng Long needs some fresh curatorial ideas and energy, and I believe that Isabelle will bring her own unique curatorial vision and ideas to this continuing art project.
I selected Isabelle as one of the Cheng Long artists in 2012, and many will remember her installation of hundreds of colorful leaves crocheted from recycled plastic bags that seemed to be engulfing an old house in Cheng Long village. Since then Isabelle has continued to do other residency projects and curate art projects in the New York area. She has even begun taking classes in Mandarin Chinese language so that she can communicate better with people in Taiwan. Isabelle has been working with me behind the scenes for the past few months to learn more about the curating process and providing input about the proposals and helping to research about the artists who have applied for the 2015 art project.
During the residency time in Taiwan this year from April 9 to May 4, Isabelle will join us in Cheng Long and continue to help with the curating and management of this art project. I am sure she will be a big help and a joy to work with, and so please join me in welcoming Isabelle back to Cheng Long.
Thank you so much, and see you soon in Cheng Long,
Jane Ingram Allen, Curator
BIO of Isabelle Garbani:
After working for 7 years as a commercial digital artist, Isabelle returned to graduate school where she received an MFA in sculpture from the New York Academy of Art in 2004. She now works in mixed media, using feminine crafts such as knitting, crochet and lace with recycled plastic shopping bags used as thread.
She has worked on many public art projects which engage the community directly. Among her installations are Knit for Tree in Governors Island in New York City in 2011, Knit for Trees in Heckscher Park in Huntington, Long Island in 2012, Forces of Nature at the Carving and Sculpture Center in Vermont in 2011, and Invasive Species for the Cheng-Long International Environmental Art Project in Taiwan in 2012, and for the 2014 Farm/Art Dtour in Reedsburg, WI. She is currently working on Post War Blues, which will be installed at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Brooklyn, NY in the fall of 2015.
In the past 5 years, she has started curating gallery shows in the New York City area, and is becoming more involved with this aspect of her career. The Cheng Long residency is a perfect mix of her current interests: environmental concerns, community engagement in public art, and international cultural exchange. Her work can be seen on her website atwww.IsabelleGarbani.com. You can also email her about her past experiences in Cheng-Long at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, Dear ALL,
Let’s look back what we have achieved in the 2014 art project, and look forward to the 2015, a better Chenglong wetlands and village. Happy Chinese New Year!!! :)
(“來去海口住一個月”環境藝術志工 熱情召募中, 3/2截止, 趕快來報名: https://artproject4wetland.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/2015-call-for-volunteers/ )
Announcing the Artists Selected for the 2015 Cheng Long Wetlands International Art Project “Fragile – Handle With Care”
I am happy to announce the selected artists for the 2015 Cheng Long Wetlands International Art Project. It has very difficult to decide the final five artists because we had so many good applications. I wish it were possible to invite many more artists to Cheng Long village to create their artworks. I really appreciate all of the time and effort artists put into submitting their applications and answering my many questions about their proposals.
These are the 2015 artists 2015獲選藝術家名單:
Christopehr Varady–Szabo – Australia(澳洲)
Christopher Varady-Szabo is from Australia but has been living in Quebec, Canada for over 30 years. Chris is an experienced nature artist and has studied architecture as well as having a Master’s degree in visual arts. He has done many residency projects in Canada as well as in France and Finland. This will be, I think, his first visit to Asia. Chris will create a “Living Landscape” in Cheng Long on top of a rolling cart made from bamboo and other found materials. Chris plans to put living plants of the Cheng Long area in this miniature eco-system on a cart that can be moved around to different sites in Cheng Long reminding us of the fragile environment that we need to handle with care.
Marisa Merlin – Italy（義大利）
Marisa Merlin is from the city of Padua, Italy, and she has done many public art and nature art projects in Italy and other countries in Europe. She also organizes and curates an international biennial exhibition of environmental art in her city of Padua. In Cheng Long Marisa will create an installation with sand bags, recycled cloth bags filled with soil, sand, shells, and plants, and the sand bags will be arranged to spell out in huge letters the word “EARTH”. She is also hoping to make some Chinese characters with her sand bag sculpture installation. In Western countries sand bags are commonly used to keep out flooding waters, and so this artwork will be symbolically protecting the fragile environment of Cheng Long.
Roger Rigorth – Switzerland（瑞士）
Roger Rigorth is from Saanen, Switzerland, and now lives in Munster, Germany. He is an experienced nature artist and has participated in many artist residencies in Europe, USA, Australia and Korea, but this will be his first time in Taiwan. Roger will create tall sculptures in the shallow water of the wetlands that will look like water bottles or maybe some giant abstract birds. He will use bamboo and other natural materials to create the huge water bottle forms. He calls this artwork “Water Core” and wants to bring attention to the importance of protecting water sources for all of life.
Roger Rigorth來自瑞士的薩能，現在居住在德國的明斯特。他是一位經驗豐富的自然藝術家，並且參與過歐洲、美國、澳洲和韓國等許多藝術駐村，但這應該是他第一次造訪台灣。Roger 將會在溼地淺水域中創作出形狀如水瓶或是抽象鳥類的大型創作。他會使用竹子和其他自然材料作為素材。他把本次的創作訂名為「水核心」，希望喚醒大眾注意：水是所有生命的源泉，務必要小心守護！
Tsuneo Sekiguchi（関口 恒男） – Japan（日本）
Tsuneo Sekiguchi is from Tochigi prefecture in Japan. He is an experienced international artist who has done residency projects in New Zealand and India as well as many places in Japan. Tsuneo was selected for the public art festival, Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale in Japan three times in 2006, 2009 and 2012. He is very interested in the qualities of light, and for his Cheng Long artwork he will make a large boat out of bamboo, driftwood and other found materials. The boat will have a big white cloth sail, and he will put many recycled metal pans on this boat that each contain a mirror and some water to project rainbow images on the sail when the sun is shining. His “Rainbow Boat” will be created in the Temple Courtyard area in Cheng Long village where people can enjoy the sun and rainbows and think about the fragile environment that we should handle with care.
李朝倉Chao-chang Lee– Taiwan（台灣）
Chao-chang Lee is from Yunlin County and lives in the town of Shi-Luo, where he is creating an art project for local residents and visitors at an old army camp. After studying for his master’s degree in art at a university in Japan and living in Taipei, Chao-chang moved back to his home village and continues his international art career. Chao-chang is an experienced environmental artist and has participated in many international art residency projects in the USA, Hong Kong and in Taiwan. For his artwork in Cheng Long, Chao-chang will create a “Floating Dragon” in the wetlands made of bamboo and other natural and found materials that will move with the changing water currents to protect Cheng Long and bring attention to the fragile environment.
We congratulate these selected artists for 2015 and look forward to welcoming them soon to Cheng Long village.
Keep watching this Blog for more information about the artists and the artworks they will create in Cheng Long working with the elementary school children, villagers and volunteers.
Thanks again to all the artists who applied and we really appreciate your support of this project and hope you will apply again next year.
See you soon in Cheng Long,
Jane Ingram Allen, Curator
APPLICATIONS ARE IN! DECISION ABOUT 2015 SELECTED ARTISTS COMING SOON!
Just wanted to let everyone know that I have received 137 total entries for the 2015 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project with the theme of “Fragile – Handle With Care”.
(真抱歉,策展人的這篇部落格草稿，被淹沒在她寄出的成堆信件裡， 現在才被撈出來…) 2015年成龍溼地國際環境藝術計畫<易碎品，小心守護!>總計收到137件提案。
There were entries from artists from 49 different countries, and they are from all continents (except Antarctica). The USA had the most applications with 17 artists coming from different parts of the US. India was next with applications from 14 artists, and France and Germany each had 10 artists to apply. Taiwan had 11 artists to apply.
I will be reviewing all of the applications carefully to select the artists for 2015. As you can imagine this takes quite a while. I am also asking some artists questions about their proposals and looking at the Internet and talking to other artists and curators to learn more about the artists I am considering.
I want to be sure that the artists selected will be a good fit for the Cheng Long project, and that the artworks for 2015 will be exciting and interesting and really get the whole community involved. There are many things to consider including the experience of the artist, their interest in working with kids and community people, what culture they represent, what they want to create in Cheng Long and how their artwork relates to the theme and the environment, and the quality and skills they show in their previous works.
So, everyone please be patient for a few weeks, and I hope to announce the decision about the 2015 artists by Feb. 15. Keep looking at this Blog for updates on the process of selecting the artists for 2015.
Jane Ingram Allen