A cube shows 6 faces or 3, if it is solid. Abstraction has its beginning when the artwork goes beyond that of the ‘normal’ form. When a single unbroken line stops where it resembles a cube yet if you were to realise there is uneasiness about the incompleteness, you can continue to extend the line further. This is when the senses take over, and abstraction is birthed by the feelings of the artist. Abstract is infinite. The unseen is a malleable form.
This is ‘yin’ of the passive, dark, feminine, nocturnal; ‘yang’, being male, is active, light, diurnal. The essence of this eastern philosophy explicates the duality in life, medicine, and art. Where the line is ‘yin’ and expresses the feelings of the artist, the background or space is the masculine. In tandem, the work becomes poetry with a relation between feelings and ideas. In art, the unseen is ‘yang’ but there is co-dependency for the balanced state to happen. Looking at paintings for the ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ will show that Van Goghs are usually ‘yin’.
This 10th solo exhibition by Loh Khee Yew on the unseen energy is a series of prints expressing the seismic which is the tremors as growth takes place in a tree, its capillaries or vessels carry the nutrients that cannot be seen by the naked eye. There is energy moving as life in the tree, its ‘yang’.
For Loh, there is sound in the cosmic, and there is colour in the cosmic. The cosmic is a plane, its pixels distinguishable by a keen eye, and Loh creates out of this plane. He lets us see the energy in lines and colours. His vision.
Venue: Visual Arts Centre, 10 Penang Road, #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore 238469
When: 25 - 27 Nov 2017, 11am - 8pm