拿著專業的麥克風唱業餘的歌藝術家工作之所以有趣，在於他們的發言出於喜好、興趣，或僅為自己發言，而非為了「麥克風」背後所代表的權威，如此任性的發言，就像「業餘人士」那樣單純為了興趣而努力。愛德華薩依德在「知識份子論」(Representations of the Intellectual)中所提到的「業餘性」(amateurism)裡談到，如果專業者使用專業的言論，藉此限定閱聽群眾，進而獲取利、權；那麼業餘者的發言就是為了興趣、開心、甚至是某種道德感，他們為此捨棄利益與權力，丟棄「專業」之名，換上業餘的皮。
He, Who Sings Amateur Songs with a Professional Microphone.
the intriguing part of being artists is they speak for their own interests, hobbies, or merely their own, instead of the “authority” behind the microphone. Their speeches are as innocent as amateurs’ motivation to their interests. The “amateurism” mentioned in the “Representations of the Intellectuals” by Edward Said means the amateurs only speak for fun, happiness or even sort of morality if the professionals speak for the profit and authority. That is why real artists discarded money, power, and the titles of professionals, and then became amateurs.
The Amateur in the membrane
By doing so, artists are in an intriguing status. I called it “membrane”. It’s a metaphor between thin, and the few number of people who would have done this. There is a membrane to differentiate the outside world and the inside world, which I called it “cell”. The inside and the membrane itself are the part of a cell. However the membrane and the outside world are part of body. Therefore, the membrane belongs to body and cell at the same time. It is the outer surface of a cell, and the one of the body closest to the cell. Just like the amateurs, they are not only the part of the mass in the society, but the part who can speak, and speak real.
Huang, Po-Hsun’s artistic context is definitely the membrane which never left the cell but also be closest to a cell. He has been using professional techniques to draw out the surroundings under his observation. From the series “And Rich and Lonely”, “Overflow with a Laughter” to “Ukiyo Carnival”, he has been observing this world at the position of the membrane.
From “Ukiyo Carnival” to “Babel Forest”
Huang, Po-Hsun has been keeping thinking “Where would my pieces lead me, or what would be left after my works?”, and translating this mind into real works. Therefore, to read his works is a kind of re-creation. It continues the life of works and extends the existing time of exhibitions. At the time the work “Only the Paranoid Survives” was finished, he declared “I have nothing to say about Ukiyo Carnival” to imply the carnival was over. However, this abundant beautiful world shall continue.
The series “Babel Forest” represents the differences of multi-culture in this contemporary world in a gigantic, abundant, and a tranquil way. This series continues the idea of “Babel Tower” – After God interrupted the language system, the world of human being become much more various than before.
And Rich and Lonely
Huang, Po-Hsun has been keeping migrating. His passionate life is no doubt rich and lonely. He always wants to bring this world some warm and hope. His art works give us a beam of an enlightening glim in this isolated contemporary society.