Ian Woo “The Difference Between Your Mountain and My Couch”

Shibuya Hikarie 8/ Art gallery

poster for Ian Woo “The Difference Between Your Mountain and My Couch”
[Image: Ian Woo "Shuffle" (2013) © Ian Woo]

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In Ian Woo’s paintings forms are layered in a variety of hues and marks, appearing as an entanglement of altering visual elements within space. The picture plane equates to a signifier for the passing of time, continuing the exploration of the temporal within the ‘Modernist’ discipline of picture making. In the reading of traces upon the surface of each painting, one encounters a sense of dynamism and lively rhythm, at times fragmentarily displaced, suggesting an affinity with the random gestures and compositional elements that make up the relationship between sound and music. “The Difference Between Your Mountain and My Couch” is Woo’s first solo exhibition in Japan. The title in the form of an enigmatic ‘koan’ is the artist’s whimsical interpretation of ‘a Zen question’. It also bears kinship to the characteristics and processes of his works in which modes of representation merge, suspend and dissolve in space, resulting in paintings that reveal new possibilities within the locus of space and gravity.

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from September 10, 2014 to September 29, 2014

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Ian Woo

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