〈來自遠方的聲音－克里夫蘭〉 The Sound from Far Away – Cleveland
蔡坤霖 Tsai, Kuen-Lin
The nucleus of Tsai Kuen-Lin’s art—the probe into where geography and history overlap—is demonstrated in his works in various genres including installations, print, sculptures, audios, and videos. Speaking of his art-making, Tsai says he interacts with and receives signals from the environment before choosing the right medium and form to work with, comparing himself to a receiver that senses what’s happening in life and responds to the surroundings. Tsai believes that we can gain a better understanding of a place through its soundmarks, in addition to the visible and well-recognized landmarks. The Sound from Far Away – Cleveland features the explosive sounds of aircraft engines recorded from a flypast in the US city. It is an attempt to point out the paradoxical difficulty faced by the city in balancing medical and military development. The stand made from wood boards pieced together symbolizes an abandoned house, while the pipes are shaped to resemble the logo of the Cleveland Clinic, a medical center based in the city. The colors of the pipes and the stands in the art pieces echo imagery of the cities, while the pipes’ winding shape implies the path of the sounds from far away. Tsai views his art as a medium to engages the audience in listening. He hopes that with new sensual experiences gained from his artworks, by interacting with the textures, colors, and sounds, the audience can see their surroundings in a new light when returning to their daily life.