Conversations: Artist's Talk with Andy Yang & Eugenia Gajardo
CONVERSATIONS: ARTIST'S TALK
Saturday 7th April; 3pm - 4pm
Moderated by Fiorenza de Monti; Curator
at The Studio
9 Taman Serasi, #05-17
Botanic Gardens View
Conversations (Open House) is on view from 10am - 6pm daily from: Friday 23rd March - Sunday 25th March
OR by appointment until 22nd April
For appointments, please contact Andy Yang at:
YW5keSB8IGFuZHl5YW5nICEgY29t // +65 9746 7439
Andy Yang and Eugenia Gajardo are pleased to present Conversations, an exhibition of recent lyrical abstract works. Exuding a deeply personal lyricism, the elegant gestural and tachist compositions showcase sumptuous colours and textural effects that offer a striking sense of movement and emotion.
The exhibition highlights conceptual parallels in the artists’ work, epitomized in the generous use of gold. The precious metal, which has been long associated with the sacred sphere, shows the spiritual outlook that Yang and Gajardo chose to infuse in their works. The form, transcended, becomes the repository of the artist’s most intimate thoughts. On the occasion of the exhibition, the artists present a collaborative piece which brings together their unique creative vision and shared aesthetics, like a record of their artistic conversations.
Andy Yang shortly explored figurative painting before turning towards abstract art in his artistic maturity. His paintings, which present echoes of surrealist automatism, penetrate and explore the deepest layers of emotions. Following the dimensions of the canvas, his hand and arm trace either narrow or broad circular movements that recall a breath of air. The union between the hand and the means of expression is so intimate and immediate that the gesture of painting culminates in eruptions, amplified by the use of air blown from various implements. Sometimes, a figurative form peeks through the canvas, as a reminiscence, a ghost of the past.
Like most artists who adopted lyrical abstraction, Yang pays close attention to the texture of his paint, which is often thick and expressive. Shimmering particles of gold in it recall the exuberance of the tropical sun. Gold, however, also conveys the idea of the sacred, elevating the canvas to the status of icon.
Eugenia Gajardo is also affiliated with lyrical abstraction. Tachist rather than gestural, she builds a pictorial world that is static and dense. Little splashes of colour overlap, coalesce and melt onto the canvas on which crushed crystal is purposefully laid, forming a thick pigmented texture which recalls a perpetual swarm. The juxtaposition of light and dark colours creates a sense of vibration and depth that brings forward certain planes while others seem to move away. A few lines, like secular crosses, stand out from the blended background. The viewer could imagine that such crosses bear a symbolic significance for the artist.
The gold, silver and bronze leaves, that Gajardo applies like swaths of colour, do not only serve the purpose of adding brilliance and preciousness to the canvas. One may think that the artist, who has been probing the mysteries of the soul for so many years, conceives her paintings as a receptacle of spiritual essence.
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