During H-beam productions, red-hot steel was stretched; only the complete middle parts were kept for the final product. The ends are discarded due to their irregular shapes, but Nai-Wen Chang utilizes these parts for his art. This piece was created with the concept of mountains in mind and combined with the special shapes of the material. Every special piece of H-beam is like the Chinese character “山 (mountain)”, and the imagery is created by stacking many pieces together, near and far, front and back, creating a strong sense of space.
Nai-Wen’s past works are full of controversy. Satire, hidden meanings and irony are very common elements. They look rebellious, but it is all just a game.
“Life is too serious and full of pain. Creation is how I vent the bitter things in life and it’s just a game.” Nai-Wen Chang’s works are ambiguous and satirical; sometimes they are difficult for people to digest, but the hurdle makes the art more interesting. The audience is constantly challenged as the art proposes uncertain theories that shake the foundation of society, destroys ideals and assumptions, and then rebuilds them.