Jeg er kunstnerd
(I am art nerd)
Yachi Shian-Yuan Yang
I came to Oslo about 4 years ago. Oslo is not a big city compared to both populations and areal comparing to the main cities I worked and lived in Taiwan. However, it is relevantly international, multicultural, and full of start-up dynamics. People from different cultures and nations stimulate rapidly towards each other.
Nevertheless, I am still the same nerd, a fake extrovert, who has a pair of heavy glasses and spends enormous amounts of time on unpopular, little-known, non-mainstream activities. That is to continue my research and enjoyment on lines by drawing and painting in comprehensive calligraphic methods. Sometimes I don’t care what I paint or draw but more about how I move my hand, even the result can differ a lot according to materials, size, the input of time.
One of my biggest paintings is going to exhibit in the New National Museum when it’s open in June. The name of exhibition is “ Jeg kaller det kunst”. It means I call it art. This curatorial name has made me think a lot. As an artist for painting for almost my whole life since five, maybe I don’t make any art at all except those 2 works going to exhibit in the museum. Or maybe it indicates that those works, that are being selected in a national art museum can be shaky to be identified as a piece of art. It’s very fascinating, at least for myself, to line out both abstract and concrete forms, no matter it’s philosophical or visual.
On the one hand, I am simply just doing some activities because I don’t know other better ways to connect myself well enough to this strange and fabulous world. I am just nerdy and doing these activities to stay in my comfort zone. But on the other hand, since I am an artist and still alive, every piece of paper that has my trace with lines, skills, and forms can be potentially a starter to become a piece of art. Every nerdy moment I had, no matter it was on the bus or at the beach, in the studio, or along the streets, it’s going to influence the next move in my life-long activity so-called art.
As you know the Oslo dialect swallow often ‘d’ sound, so “kunstner” and “ kunstnerd” can sound almost the same. I just made out this word “ kunstnerd” when I learned artist in Norwegian is “kunstner” in 2019. As an artist officially registered in Norwegian Association of Visual Artists and a nerd, I am very happy to create a new word, some piece of drawings and collages after sketches to show how an art nerd start a life and an early, impromptu stage of the process in visual production.
Thanks to Tøyen Startup Village to let this show happen and if you wish to see some finished and unfinished paintings in my studio, welcome to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply visit Oslo Open on the 24th of April. https://osloopen.no/nb/kunstnere/4383
Yachi Shian-Yuan Yang (1983-) is an oriental-calligraphic ink painter. Taiwan Art Bank and several private institutes have collected her artwork. She has participated in A Art-Citizen Art Shanghai, Asia Contemporary Art Show, Singapore Contemporary Art Show, Chinese Contemporary Ink- Hong Kong Christie’s, and was a lecturer at the National Tainan University of the Arts. She is a freelance reporter with her new column, Oslo Art Walk for Artco, the contemporary art magazine in Taiwan. She have Mann og Høsten which exhibited in Høstutstillingen in 2021, and will participate in the opening exhibition in the National Museum of Norway in this year from June to September.
PEN GUTT 2020
WORKING on PEN GUTT beautiful boys is IN DEVELOPMENT….