『 月光寶盒 – African Jewel Case 』 容器展 


2014.5.10 - 6.1





在西遊記裡月光寶盒擁有時光倒流的魔力...
在非洲部落裡.為了重要的物品放置.會特別創造出獨一無二的容器.在我眼裡這些容器也擁有著無可取代的美感魔力...

長期以來,人們總認為非洲部落技術落後,他們的日常生活用品都需從國外進口。這種觀點實際上只是部分地反映了現代某些非洲國家的生產現狀,不能代表黑人的過去。在過去很長的時間裡,部落各族在手工製造方面曾達到頗高的技術水準,他們製造迄今所知世界上最早的陶器。

非洲人說自己是“口銜刻刀來到人世的”,意思說雕刻是從他們血管裡流淌出來的藝術,木雕藝術與生命同在。 器具,即是部落族人的生活用具與身分象徵。

首先非洲雕刻歷來講究 “ One Piece ” 即『一塊木頭』,無論是面具,還是容器、凳子這些日常用具,都是用一塊完整的木頭雕成的也增加了作品的困難度。容器的產生都與生活習慣密切相關。
透過容器看到了不同部族間的文化與美感差異...



A f r i c a C o n t a i n e r

5 / 10 ( Sat ) - 6 / 0 1 ( Sun )

In " The journey to the west ", there is a " Pandora's box " which is like time machine.
In African tribes, the containers are made for keeping the important stuff. They are usually unique and full of details. Their beautiful appearance seems like they have the same magical power as the " Pandora's box “.

For a long time, people believe that the technology in Africa is too backward to produce the daily necessaries by themselves. This perspective cannot represent the Africans' past but only some modern African countries. In fact, African people are good at handcraft, the first known pottery in the world is made by them.

There is an African proverb, " Africans are born with burin ". It means they have talent for carving. The utensils are not only their daily necessaries but also symbolize their social status. Their typical carving method is " One Piece " , it means their masks, containers or stools are made by one piece of wood. This kind of procedure increases the difficulty of carving. Every production of containers is related to their daily life.

Through these exquisite containers we can see the distinctive culture and aesthetic between each tribes.





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