John Zurier “At the very end of the blue sky”
[Image: John Zurier "11am" (2012) glue tempera on linen 182.8×111.8cm]
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John Zurier has been showing his monochromatic abstract compositions since the 1980s. His works are built up layer by layer with various colors of alternately opaque and translucent oil paint. The final appearance of a picture depends on the pigments’ unique tones and transparencies. His paintings reflect both a deep interest in the process of painting and sensitivity to color, light and space.
Reflecting on the title of the exhibition, the artist cites “At The Very End of The Blue Sky” by Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa. In Zurier’s words: “When I painted my series of Night Paintings I was reading Miyazawa Kenji¹s poetry. What I like about Miyazawa Kenji, especially this poem from which the title of the exhibition comes, is his feeling for nature and color; his transcendent lyricism while keeping his feet on the ground. At heart this poem is about formlessness and evanescence. While I think mostly of the color and surface of things, what I¹m looking for in painting is a fleeting quality. For me abstract painting is both a physical fact and a vehicle to travel to the very end of the blue sky.”
This exhibition marks Zurier’s first solo presentation in Asia and will feature a range of his paintings from the last two decades.
from July 14, 2017 to September 29, 2017