Before the Birth of Eden is a solo exhibition by Joanne Pang that inaugurates her representation with the gallery. Exploring the becoming of life in relation to the act of recollection, the exhibition features new paintings and sculptural works that expand on her ongoing interest in memory, structure and materiality.
Eden, the garden of earthly paradise believed to be inhabited by the first man and woman, is referenced as a starting point to question the (pre)transient grounds of the human condition. Pang probes into the porosity and creation of memory and life by staging fluid dialogues, through her use of contrasting mediums while embracing spontaneity— negotiating the force of gravity with the artist’s language of abstraction.
Pang works with stains, trapping paint with plastic, spilling colours and forms on the hard and impenetrable surface of aluminium and acrylic panels, to reflect a sense of transformation in matter and being. Her interest in using materiality as an image-making vocabulary can also be seen in the use of oil versus water-based mediums, and thin washes versus impasto. In the large-scale painting “Garden of Eden”, the blossoming of life against the cyclic nature of time is evoked in the articulation of organic gestures and repetitive drags of bitumen strokes.
Venue: Yavuz Gallery, 9 Lock Road, #02-23, Singapore 108937
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sundays, Mondays and public holidays, by appointment only
When: 6 Aug - 5 Sep 2021,
By: Yavuz Gallery