The pandemic era has called for an indefinite disconnect to the outside world and an increasing dependence on accessibility and proximity. Amidst the dizzying changes, our fundamental needs stay the same – to stay tuned. In the world of arts, that means immediate access to venues and staying tuned to the newest exhibits of galleries, studios, or global museums, and the evolutions of new styles, techniques, and aesthetics.
For its inaugural show at the new Queen’s Road Central art venue, WOAW Gallery is pleased to present “Stay Tuned…,” an exhibition of works by Bas De Wit, Rhys Lee, Shannon Peel, Christopher Regner, and Aaron Elvis Jupin curated by Sasha Bogojev of Juxtapoz. While the presentation of these works acknowledges in one way or another our post-medium and post-internet conditions, it also questions to what extent artistic production is informed by established historical trends and isms. Each artist, working in sculptures or paintings, goes on to break with the practices of their contemporaries and challenge the traditional boundaries of their media in search of a new form of expression.
While bent pillars or deflated and twisted effigies feel otherworldly from a distance, Dutch artist Bas De Wit’s technical experimentation with the properties and possibilities of multicolored polyester results in endless layers of colors and textures which open upon closer inspection. Rhys Lee’s paintings are crash scenes of graffiti past colliding with deep appreciation and respect for classic painting. Mixing his immediate approach with curiosity for technical and contextual exploration, the Australian artist is creating heavily textured works that carry scars of his resolute and vigorous mark-making. Shannon Peel reinvents the formats through subtle animation of otherwise inert motifs. His ongoing body of work Still Alives and Face Plants inserts life and dynamics to typically inanimate subjects, all while referencing both his graffiti roots and some of the most recognizable artistic genres.
Providing a counterbalance to the aforementioned artists, Christopher Regner uses airbrush to create assemblage-style portraits made out of disparate reference imagery. Interested in both the technical limitations and possibilities of increasingly popular artistic tools, he fully utilizes the flatness and plasticity of the airbrush to construct the uncanniest jumbles filled with personal, historic, and pop-culture references. Working with the same technique but utilizing its qualities toward the opposite side of the aesthetic spectrum, Aaron Elvis Jupin constructs believable renderings of impossible realities. With a focus on depicting almost tangible surfaces and using of black negative space, he lures the viewer’s focus onto a familiar object which instantly warps into a somewhat Dali-esque mirage.
“Stay Tuned…” is on view now at the new WOAW Gallery on 9 Queen’s Road Central and will run through May 9th, 2021.
For informations of the previous shows at WOAW Gallery, please check out www.woawgallery.com.
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