French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...
There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
For her first exhibition at The Modern Institute, Brooklyn based artist Julia Chiang presents a grouping of vibrant new abstract paintings balanced across the distinctive architecture of Aird’s Lane Bricks space. Within this exposed setting, the repeating patterns of Chiang’s energised works coalesce, creating an environment that is at once serene and challenging.
Working with acrylic paint on panel, Chiang begins with a flat coloured ground, building shape and form through layers of nuanced gesture that push and pull in all directions. Whilst initially there appears to be a level of automation to Chiang’s cool, crisp surfaces, as one spends time with her work the discipline of their creation dissolves as the corporeal materiality of their construction becomes clear.
As if driven by a fraught search for uniformity, Chiang embraces the unattainability of this act as the painterly elements of chance and accident serve to energise her compositions. It is in these moments when the infallibility of the exterior is broken and the handmade qualities of production emerge, that Chiang’s subtle and dynamic surfaces reveal an emotive, psychological interior.
Julia Chiang (b. 1978 Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Selected solo exhibitions include: Tennis Elbow, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn (2018); Let Me In, Let Me Out, B2OA, New York (2015); Hanging In, Hanging On, New Museum Shop, New York (2014); That Side, This Side, No Side, Bill Brady KC, Kansas City (2013); Coming Together, Coming Apart, Nanzuka, Tokyo (2013); Forever And Longer, Colette, Paris (2012); Security Is Mostly A Superstition, Half Gallery, New York (2011); Forever, The Standard Miami Beach for Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach (2010); All For You, The Standard Shop, New York (2010) and Again and Again, Kantor / Feuer Window, New York (2007).
Recent group exhibitions include: Spring/Break Art Show, Skylight at Moynihan Station, New York (2015); They Sicken of the Calm Who Know the Storm, curated by Maureen Sullivan, Fridman Gallery, New York (2014); Spring/Break Art Show, Old School, New York (2013); It Ain’t Fair, OHWOW, Miami (2012); Americana, Grey Area, New York (2012); Autumn Place, Nanzuka, Tokyo (2012); East West Shift to the Middle, Bill Brady KC, Kansas City (2012); Figured, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn (2012); January White Sale, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody, Loretta Howard Gallery (2011); A Strange Affinity to the Beautiful and Dreadful, curated by Maureen Sullivan, Hendershot Gallery, New York (2011); It Ain’t Fair, OHWOW, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami (2010).
Julia Chiang’s latest solo exhibition at Nazuka, Tokyo opens later this year.
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