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"Enculturation? Acculturation." - The solo exhibition of NGAI Joe-joe
涵濡 – 魏凱畧個人作品展
2012.06.22 - 2012.08.16


NGAI Joe-joe, Rose (Detail), Graphite on paper, 650 x 1100 mm.

Artists: NGAI Joe-joe


Exhibition Preface:

Enculturation signifies the development of some unique values and actions of individuals as a result of gradual influences from the society. Acculturation refers to the fusion of two cultures after they collide and interact. Born in Hong Kong and studied in London, artist NGAI Joe-joe has been influenced by both the enculturation and acculturation of two different cultures in both the way of living and the path of learning. This leads to the growth of his attention and exploration of cultural and identity recognition. Thinker and educator from late Ming Dynasty, Chang Chih-tung, has initiated the theory 'Chinese learning as the substance; Western learning as the function', which means using the Chinese Confucianism as the body and adopting western skills and decrees as the action. Through utilising the traditional western skills in art and echoing the spirits of Chinese painting, NGAI creates imaginatins and reflections on the relationship between the self and different cultures. The A·lift Gallery is exhibiting specifically one of the latest series of work of the artist with the intention to inspire more creative thoughts from the viewers on Chinese traditional art.



展出藝術家:魏凱畧


展覽序言︰

「濡化」是指個體受著社會文化的薰陶,從而養成某種獨特價值觀和行為模式的過程。而「涵化」則指兩種文化互相的接觸,以致文化相互融合的過程。生於香港,習於倫敦,藝術家魏凱畧的生活與學習,同時間受著兩地文化的涵濡,引發他對於文化及身份認同的關注與探求。晚清思想家與教育家張之洞提出「中體西用」的學說,即要以中國儒家的思想為體,西方的技藝、典章為用。魏氏嘗試透過西方的傳統藝術技法,模仿及複製中國水墨書畫中的意境與精神,繼而從中想像與反思自身與不同文化間的關係。提藝廊特意展出藝術家近年的一系列新作,給觀眾引發更多中國傳統藝術的創新想像。