Yi Shui Xi Cheng Series Two 一水西城系列貳

Yi Shui Xi Cheng Series Two, 2009
12 BW-prints, video of making process and 60 wine bottles
80 x 120 cm x 7, 120 x 80 cm x 3, 100 x 100 cm x 2




Documentary video: http://vimeo.com/29083475

























Mountains, rivers, birds and beasts form black and white landscapes against clear ebony glass bottles. Drinkers all over the world fortuitously have their wine label design pointing to the atmosphere of medieval European architecture and nature. By collecting and reconstructing, delicate relation between people and product can be discovered. Different producers influence one another. Due to consideration of marketing trend, purchasing power of consumers, production cost and skills, product form cultural inertia constructing human fundamental knowledge. However, inertia may provide limited perspectives towards understanding a thing. How to break the situation?

I thereby look into searching for the concealed landscapes. Through collecting 60 wine bottles, I carve on the wine labels and only leave the images remaining stuck on the bottles. I do collage via a computer using the taken photos of the carved labels to create a fictitious city. For further comprehension of the whole picture, 12 photos are made to describe a same place by recognizing the related and corresponding parts in different photos. You are a traveler. Welcome to Yi Shui Xi Cheng.


山水飛禽,黑白色的景觀映襯烏黑清透的玻璃瓶。各地飲者,巧合地把酒瓶招紙圖案設計成帶有中世紀歐陸韻味的建築及大自然環境。將它們收集並串連,可以發現人們跟產品的微妙關係。不同生產者相互影響,根據市場風潮、消費者的購買力、生產成本及技術等考量,產品本身就形成文化慣性,從而建構人的基礎知識。然而,慣性僅提供單一角度,局限之下如何可超出習慣?


我在裡頭尋找被淹沒的景色。透過收集六十瓶不同的酒,再將招紙上除圖案以外的部分除去,由得其依附瓶身。然後給它們拍照,並透過電腦拼貼出一個虛構的都市。十二張照片所描繪的是同一處地方,可憑藉不同相片裡的共同景觀推斷出這個都市的全貌。你是一個遊覽者,歡迎來到一水西城。