“Misfits” – Exploring Asian Identity: An Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Derek Murphy

Saturday, August 7th, from 3 to 6pm.

Art-Skyline Gallery
藝術天際畫廊
www.art-skyline.com

Opening Hours: PM 02:00 ~ PM 10:00

Tel: +886-6-2986089
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Address: 68 Jianping 3rd st., Tainan, Taiwan
台南市安平區建平三街68號1樓

“As a foreign artist working and living in Taiwan, my paintings offer a unique insight into themes of culture shock, language barriers, international communication, and globalization. More broadly, my previous exhibitions have used the absurd and the surreal to challenge untested assumptions and mental bridges, in the eternal artistic purpose of unveiling Truth and Meaning.”

The current exhibition “Misfits” is a display of my most recent series of paintings, which problematize issues of cultural identity and belonging. In a globalized and increasingly Westernized Taiwan, the barriers between race and culture are being broken down. Even family and racial distinctions become blurred, leading to an acute crisis in self-identity – both for native Taiwanese and for long-term international residents. Misfits – or blended identities formed from many diverse sources – no longer find refuge in familiar herd thinking of only one group. They are the proverbial black sheep; and they may soon be the majority.

藝術展覽:Misfits(迥異)油畫展  畫家:德瑞克莫菲

「身為一位在台灣工作、生活的國外畫家,我的畫作在文化差異、語言障礙、國際交流、全球化等主題上都帶有獨特見解。廣義上而言,為了持續站在藝術的角度來揭露真實和價值的意義,我先前舉辦的展覽就採用荒謬和超現實的概念,對未經考驗的假設以及心靈橋梁提出質疑。」

這次的Misfits畫展展出我最新的一系列畫作,這些作品將文化特性及其歸屬等方面納入探討範圍。種族隔閡、文化隔閡在全球化以及日漸西化的台灣社會已不復存在。甚至家庭上和種族間的差別也變得難以區分,這為本土台灣人和長期居住台灣的外國人士在自我認同這方面,帶來了嚴重危機。Misfits也可說是由各種因素所形成的混合族群,這些人再也無法從單一團體中他們熟悉的羊群思維[1]中找到庇護。他們就有如一群白羊中的黑羊一般,令人覺得奇怪或無法接受,但這種族群卻有可能會很快地成為多數。


[1] 羊群思維是指社會大眾受到媒體或外在因素影響所致,而形成的一種思維。其實就是惰性思維,不會主動吸收新知、了解新環境。

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