Huang Po-ren, Art Taipei, Taipei, 2008
Huang Po-ren, Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, 2008
Huang Po-ren, Ming Art Gallery, Beijing, 2008
Dog's Note - Friends
Bronze, edition no. 11/12
33(L) x 46(W) x 54(H) cm
Signed PR in English and dated 2008, edition no. 11/12
Huang Poren uses various media including wood, iron, even parts from bicycles to create fine sculptures. His iron sculpture, "The Archer", was included in the Art text book for senior high schools in Taiwan. He has been concentrating on creating a series of bronze sculptures called Dog's Note in the past few years. Huang Poren takes the Formosan Mountain Dog (commonly referred to as Formosan, a breed of dog indigenous to Taiwan) as the original model for his sculpture. One sculpture from this series, "Happy Time", expressing the simple joy of freedom was purchased by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts for the museum's collection. In the newest works, Huang Poren introduces a new friend, the blissful panda, and adds richer meaning to the series. The dog and the panda might be taken to represent Taiwan and China respectively, and their interaction in the sculpture could be the artist's wish for the future.
Huang Poren is adept at reducing complex form into pithy shapes with clean lines while retaining the spirit of the object. The animals in Huang Poren's sculptures show different emotions and characters, and sometimes imply various sides of human nature. The panda and dog in "Friends" are shaking hands friendly. The panda bends himself for the smaller dog, while the dog standing on tiptoe, raising his head and chest to reach out to the panda. Like the other bronze sculptures by Huang Poren, "Friends" has a clean and bold form, which creates a calm atmosphere while touching the viewer's heart.
Whether reflecting human nature or the international situation, Huang Poren's sculptures always have a touch of warm humor within the sometimes serious subject matter. His works are like kind warnings that remind people to take a break from this busy life to regain a pure mind. This might be the best attitude to face the ever-changing world.