'The Untitled (White on White)' painting series marks the first exhibition of monochromatic works exhibited at Gallery Jason Shin. The works utilise the colour white as a point of departure, continuing my material exploration of the physical and malleable manifestations of paint. The solid form of the paint skins surface shifts the role of the viewer from engaging an illusionistic and inward looking perspective, to a position where the awareness of real space and time becomes consciously apparent within the environment the painting and viewer both occupy. This new series of paintings extends my ideas that I'm not just dealing with flat colour, which is absorbed by the surface, I'm dealing with tangible, physical colour matter which comes out at you.
This series also marks a break with the pale domestic colour palette of the hardware store readymades that has become a common theme within my works of recent years. Through this ongoing series of paintings I have had to engage the physical properties of the paint and develop an intimate understanding of how I can work and push the material within the production process, creating an exciting tension of alchemy and renewal.
These paintings belong to an ongoing conversation of conceptual pursuits that reference the broad lexicon of twentieth century Abstraction. For me exploring the spatial qualities of painting has always been engaging and interconnected with the idea of gesture and the performativity of the painted process. Out of this, my ideas around painting have garnered an internal logic that adopts a certain strategic approach which factors into the process, mistakes and failure as a means of liberating form and injecting a sense of possibility into painting.
These works elucidate the passing of time, in a procedural sense of working in the studio, mark making and physical action of performance. The state of temporal uncertainty, chance and processual development are key to understanding the productive components in my works. Regardless of the type of paintings that I have made, there exists a common thread of chance, of not having control over the final outcome.
Press release courtesy Jason Shin.