Armor Suit Rhino | 金縷犀

語音導覽 青銅 Bronze 86.5 x 35 x43cm

  《金縷衣》一詞源於中唐時期杜秋娘所作之七言絕句:「勸君莫惜金縷衣,勸君惜取少年時。」此作品嘗試將東方古典文學語彙援引入當代雕塑,作品創新大膽,靈獸犀牛身著一席鎧甲,體態輕盈矯健,令人聯想秦始皇陵陵園的兵馬陣,居於陣式正中央的重裝兵俑,是色彩最為鮮豔、最為身強力健的一支隊伍,他們身披的鎧甲均為犀牛皮甲。因古時最珍貴的鎧甲為犀牛皮製,帝王用於犒賞有功績的將領,故而為犀牛的毀滅帶來了災難性的命運。此作品著重突出犀牛角的力量感,體現了犀牛生命力的頑強與精神力量,亦帶有人性必須自檢自持的省思。

   藝術家施力仁以犀牛為載體,並能通過一個題材表達多元性,反而更顯得意義之重,對生命的關切之重。品味《金縷犀》,是藝術家超越時間的企圖,是歷史的光華,是省思環保的幽默諷刺;亦是犀牛散播生命中最單純的快樂與自在。

The name of “Suit Armor Rhino” comes from a seven-character poem of Du Qiuniang in mid Tang dynasty. It was chanted with pure and keen emotion “Never idle away the prime”, a very impressive lyric has been sung through the ages. In accordance with this concept, Li-Jen Shih, the artist’s latest artwork “Suit Armor Rhino” is bold and creative. The Rhino reveals, suited in armor with golden thorn, an exalted glorious robe. Stepping forward slowly at an appropriate speed, with a confident look, as if it transmit the immemorial lyric into contemporary artwork, and is unveiling to public.    

In contrary to present mighty, powerful strength, the “Suit Armor Rhino” armed with gorgeous armor, yet breezed along. The right leg approaches forward, the back slight curves, and the pose as if it moves as smooth as flowing breeze. The purposive pace guides to destination of immortality of art.  There is a strong popular association between the thorny plump body and Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. There are terracotta warriors situated in the center of mausoleum. They are the most powerful troops armed with armor suits, shoulder pads, and defenses, what is similar to the “Suit Armor Rhino” is the armor suits which are originally made by hide of rhinos. It is hard to tell why the artist rearm “rhino hide armor suit” on the rhino, or it can be just a sense of humor. Perhaps there is a reminder for natural conservation and we humans must be self examined and behaved. Looking through its eyes, senses intuitively of trust and selflessness, and greeting the viewers by all heart. Its poised smile spreads as energetic as a naive newborn baby, and as proud as Venus.    

By means of rhino to express diverse implication shows Li-Jen Shih’s further respect for life and seems much more meaningful. The essential of “Suit Armor Rhino” can hardly illustrate by words. It is an attempt of the artist who desires to surpass the time, a glory of a period of history, a thought provoking amusement, and more than just a smile spreading sheer happiness and ease of a rhino’s life.