Shadow of a Cocoon2018
Acetal resin and fiberglass
Remainder and Green1993-2018
A Calyx. A Petal. A Bone. A Bark Shadow2007
Concrete and mixed media
Seeing the Past in a Trice2010
Political Warfare Building, 1F
That which flies in the sky is glory, that which crawls on earth is a pity. The inconsequential, desiccated body of a rat on the side of the road is espied in Deng Yau-Horng’s language of sculpture. Deng is an artist who continues to recreate long-forgotten objects in the form of large sculptures.
In this exhibition, Deng will create an aesthetic perspective that is utterly unique in this world of reality through the conversation he has had with the dried up body of the dead rat that he brought home five years ago. The rat’s entangles whiskers contain all the strands of memories that it has forgotten. Those unseen regrets that wander the space of the former Air Force Commanders Headquarters become even greater in the abandoned space. The great army and country have had to re-established elsewhere; now, the large rat resides in the empty building that symbolizes regret.
Deng collects abandoned and leftover things, he also gives new meaning to these things by assembling, molding, and sculpting them. He reassembles different abandoned items – such photographic paper, soaked tea bags, flower pots, scrap paper – into new objects. He also uses decaying organic materials such as duck and chicken heads, pig’s foot, and apple cores. After inconsequential objects have been thrown away and forgotten, Deng resurrects them through remolding and reconstruction.