Oil Painting Series 2018
a palette of red hues, pink, dark maroon, orange and yellow, grey, white to contrast
"The object we identify as beautiful may be anything from chemical sunset to a rookie's jump shot"
Dave Hickey in The Invisible Dragon
Singapore - INSTINC x MOYEM is excited to collaborate and launch a first -of-its-kind art platform/space/gallery in an aesthetics clinic in a shopping mall.
INSTINC x MOYEM is pleased to present a two person exhibition of paintings by Singaporean-based artist Valerie Ng and photo-based works by New York-based artist, Margaret Lanzetta from 22 February to 31 March 2018. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, February 21 from 7 pm.
Inspired by colors, sensations and aspects of nature, each artist creates a distinct response to our shared world environment. Through the constant gathering of images and concepts from their surroundings each artist forms lateral ways of seeing and presenting visual interpretations that call for closer examination, a second look. The works in the exhibition are linked through a formal use of color as a tool with which to communicate. An overall motif, of contrasting and complimentary textures, surfaces, patterns and images is the result.
Using the physicality of paint and gesture, Ng's paintings present new variations of physical intimacy and tension. Dense pigmented colour and mark making are explored as paths to invoke memory, both real and imagined. This series of oil on canvas works play with hues abstracted and combined for variations in rhythm and dissonant balance: a flurry of strokes and a contemplation of chroma relationships on tinted backgrounds. Complimenting her paintings is a series of handmade artist books which feature collections of ideas and inspiration bound together by strings of thought.
In Margaret Lanzetta's digital series, titled Famous Ornament, photographs of Victorian botanical prints are juxtaposed with photographs of Japanese sakura: cherry blossoms: real, artificial and pop. In the work, nature is revered, questioned and mimicked. The Victorian botanical prints reveal the colonial exploitation of newly acquired territories with a simultaneous scientific celebration of exotic flora and fauna. In Japan, cherry blossoms embody narratives of both spirituality and nationalism. Famous Ornament examines this cultural exploitation of plants by nations and illuminates opposing threads embodied within Buddhism, colonialism and the field of economic botany. A selection of fourteen images from the larger Famous Ornament series will be on exhibit.
Handmade Artist Books
Artists' books are works of art realized in the form of a book.
These are one-of-a-kind objects, which I make to express or document a theme or ideas on paper.
The hand bound structure lends itself to the form and concept of the work.
Made over the past few years, they are about exploring themes of colour, form, nature and its' elements.
Abstract painted marks inspired by wood and bark. The pages with ragged edges held together by a simple pamphlet stitch, fan open to stand tree like on its base.
Based on the idea of reading the different meanings of the colour red. Fabric cover with handmade bamboo paper pages in a pothi style string binding. Theme originally created for exhibition at Artisan Books in Melbourne.
A paper collection of oil paint colours made by remnants on my palette knives. They form a visual record from the process of painting. Each sheet has a random abstract composition, which can be interchanged to the front of the display.