「後花蓮八景」從1951年書畫名家溥心畬「花蓮八景圖」取經，在歷經70年後，花蓮當代藝術的發展如何？風景對於藝術家的意義為何？經由札根、回返、移居花蓮的藝術家們以「繪畫風景 / 再造地景 / 人造地景」的當代藝術詮釋與批判，對本地提出另一種描述，形構出花蓮當代山水美學，並深入思考景觀對於文化、生活、乃至世界觀的影響。
New Perspectives of Hualien’s Landscape, a discussion based on the 1951 series Eight Landscapes of Hualien by the famous painter Pu Hsin-yu, looks at how contemporary art has developed in Hualien County and the meaning of Hualien’s landscape to artists 70 years since Pu’s series. It consists of contemporary art interpretations and criticism of painting landscapes, recreated landscapes, and artificial landscapes by artists who have always lived in Hualien, have returned to their hometown of Hualien, or who are from elsewhere but have moved to Hualien. They propose their own descriptions of the county and a contemporary aesthetic of the natural landscape while deeply considering how the scenery affects culture, life, and worldview.
The exhibiting artists have a unique feeling and perception for life. Painters know the visual perception of the sky and the land is not just from an object of scenery but an experience of light. Indigenous artists especially understand a completely open physical perception experience: by means of the interweaving and intertwining of their bodies and other media (the movement of water, material used to make thread, etc.), they form new landscapes that incorporate nature. In the face of nature’s current crises, the artists use their work to communicate their reflections on the exploitation of the environment by humanity and the restoration of things for the sake of all spirited creatures. In this way, they are re-probing the question of how we should live.
Hualien is blessed with world-class scenery. When people visit, how do they view it? And how do they feel it? Through contemporary expression, the exhibition looks to depict how people live with the natural world and to re-awaken their capacity for perception and their contemplation of the landscape. In this way, the scenery becomes something to no longer just gaze at superficially but to inspire a look at the human heart and a response to the Earth’s needs.