SCREEN DREAM (ONLINE EXCLUSIVE)
A solo exhibition by Esmond Loh
Online Exclusive: Virtual exhibition opening, live from 12pm on 1 November 2018 at Artsy
Exhibition Dates: 1 November 2018 - 5 January 2019
Unveiling 27 new paintings hosted exclusively through Artsy.
This exhibition presents a new body of work by Esmond Loh which highlights his shift from a representational mode of painting to an abstract one. Firstly, it signifies a move towards embracing chance and uncertainty, instead of working with a predictable outcome in mind. This evolved process means that Esmond now works intuitively and spontaneously, without a preconceived notion of what the final image will look like. Secondly, Esmond has come to acknowledge the unpredictable and volatile nature of paint, thus allowing himself to paint with minimal restraint.
His new paintings convey a sense of depth and space with the construction of a visual reality. They also reflect the collapsing of time, with multiple time frames captured in a two-dimensional plane. The forms that take centrestage appear familiar and figurative, yet are ambiguous and abstract. This draws forth associations with 20th century Surrealist artists such as Yves Tanguy, who depicts dreamlike landscapes with amorphous forms. The projection of ideas and imagery from the subconscious mind is an approach Esmond has come to embrace, as it embodies true freedom of thought and expression. On top of this, by purposefully observing reality, there can be appealing aspects of an objects’ shape, texture or how it reflects light, which can be emulated in paintings.
Esmond’s works are formalist, in that they are meant to be studied solely on the analysis of their forms - how the works are made and their aesthetic features. As such, the images should be examined based on the elements of art such as lines, shapes, colours, tones, textures and spaces. To Esmond, a painting is all of these aspects before it is anything else. With motifs informed by thoughts, memories, experiences and the imagination, he is interested in the affect that can be created through his works.
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