JIAO Xing-Tao

1970 年生於中國四川成都,中國當代雕塑重要的 代表性藝術家之一。畢業於四川美術學院並獲碩 士學位,現任四川美院雕塑系教授。1999 年以廢 棄銅片焊接的作品《魂韻》得到第 9 屆全國美術 作品展覽銅獎,於中國藝壇嶄露頭角;2005 年 以 「愛馬仕領帶盒」為靈感的雕塑創作,在藝壇內 外都帶來廣大迴響;2008 年,以 38 歲之齡成為中 國最年輕的雕塑系主任,於學界與藝界皆有相當 程度的影響力,作品曾赴英國、荷蘭、瑞士、法國、 義大利、韓國等多國展出。

藝術與生活的關係,是他關切的議題,不僅教學 上力求讓藝術生活化,在創作上亦以日常物品 作為創作題材,以擬真作為創作語彙,曾言: 「做像現成品一樣的雕塑,是想表達『眼見不為 實』。」透過再現具有社會意涵的特定物品,焦 興濤讓觀者反思人與物之間的關係,亦使生活與 藝術融合為一。

藝術不僅僅是形式的冒險和視覺聯繫,觸動的遊 戲,它必須要和我們的日常經驗建立直接的聯繫 觸動人們最敏感部分的刺點。或許,在網絡和信 息氾濫的時代,藝術只有與公共性相聯繫,才有 可能重新成為今天社會化生活的主角。

Jiao pays attention to the relations between art and life. He not only strives to connect art and life in teaching, but also uses daily objects as his artistic subject and delineates them with realistic sculptural vocabulary. He once stated that “to create sculptures that resemble ready-made objects is to express the fact that ‘what we see might not always be real.'” By representing certain objects that carry social implications, he urges viewers to reflect upon the relationship between people and objects, merging life and art as one.

Born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China in 1970, Jiao Xing Tao is one of the representative sculptors in China. He holds an MFA from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, and is currently a professor at the Institute’s Department of Sculpture. In 1999, he won the Bronze Medal in the 9th National Art Exhibition with the work, Soul, Rhythm, which was made with disposed copper plates. The winning of the award marked an outstanding debut in the Chinese art scene. In 2005, his sculptures inspired by the Hermès tie box received highly positive feedback. In 2008, at the age of 38, he became the youngest chair of an academic institute’s sculpture department in China, making him remarkably influential in both academic and artistic circles. His works have been shown in various countries, including the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Italy, and Korea.

Art is not simply an adventure in form that triggers visual connection. To touch people’s heart, it must produce direct association with our everyday experiences in order to have an impact on the most sensitive part in people’s mind. Perhaps, in the age of the Internet and information explosion, art could only play a main part in the socialized living by rendering itself public.