TRANSLATION | Neda
A sunny afternoon, away from the hustle and bustle, we came to the tranquil neighborhood—Tianmu, streets covered by lush greenery, the green grass and the warm sunshine were effortlessly extended indoors through the large floor-to-ceiling windows, a stone house with history of half a century, after ten months of getting inspired, was transformed into a livable area filled with humane atmosphere. “I hope everyone can come by and take a look.” Johnny Ting, speaks with excitement, expects to collide with the old and new generations with sparks in this “Ting Ting art space”, which is spacious that has 100 square meters.
Johnny Ting, who has multiple identities, is not only the special assistant of Rotex wallcoverings and the consultant of Louis XIII Cognac in Taiwan, leading the team of Ting Ting art space to participate several exhibitions, but also is an artist and artwork collector. Seemingly living a busy life of a multitasker, he humbly smiled and denied, said “My multitasks are all about lifestyle, which is convenient for me to integrate. The objects of these three businesses will also be the objects of other industries.” When multitasking becomes the sign of equal, seeing the joy on guests’ faces is the most fulfilling moment for Johnny, especially the one on his father Sanguang Ting’s face, which is the kind in affirmation. Johnny also shared that knowing how to humble himself and communicate with different groups of people are also very critical during work. For instance, he used to spend half a year communicating with the foreman of construction team, he was not able to speak Taiwanese at the beginning but after getting veteran, he even accompanied them to buy betel nuts which reflects his unyielding character. “Learn from all different fields and see things in different perspectives in order to know how to face everything.” Learning has always been a lifetime topic and it is what motivates Johnny to have come so far.
Playfulness of Art
In recent years, there are a lot of art exhibitions in Taiwan, such as expo in hotel room or World Trade Center, exhibitions in many forms. Representing an art space, Johnny hopes to have better space for exhibition and better methods of management in the future. The key is the support of gallery associations and government. In the future, he hopes that galleries and government can do some workshops together within this decade, for the purpose of letting more people understand the development of art in Taiwan instead of just putting them in words. Talking about his favorite artist in Ting Ting art space, Johnny immediately named the French artist Jisbar, who is good at combining high chromaticity with current affairs. There are vague sarcasm and liberal images in the colorfulness. “A lot of people view art and project a lot of things in it, will see things that they once or now own in it and find it resonant. This is why art is very interesting.” When art is blended into daily life, as viewers, we become a part of it.
Pursuit of The Good
Ziqing Zhu’s “Retreating Figure” expresses the father’s love for his child, and for Johnny Ting, the unforgettable impression of his father is that tall figure that never stopped going forward. Sanguang Ting, who was discharged from the military, gave Johnny Ting the notion of “doing everything well” since he was a child, and his deep-rooted spirit of pursuing the good is also reflected in his principles of dealing with people and things, “Everyone has a way of dealing with things, but I care very much about the results, and I want to see things working out.” Not until his mindset has changed in recent years did he begin to face it in a more easygoing way, and his relationship with his father gradually became at ease too. “Now we can sit down and have a drink together without pressure, he is a thoughtful person who buys me non-alcoholic beer and have chitchats with me like a friend.” During the interview, Johnny also revealed that gathering with his father’s friends broadens his horizon since childhood which he appreciates a lot. “Start doing from yourself then people would start doing it as well.” This reflects Johnny’s positive attitude towards life, he will continue to infect people around him in his own way. With his laughter echoed, the sun outdoor seemed to shine brighter.