Christine Ay Tjoe
White Cube Bermondsey, London, 13 July–11 September
There’s something wonderfully organic about Ay Tjoe’s vast canvases. The paint is applied thinly, as though it were seeping through the canvas rather than having been applied to the surface. The Indonesian painter’s first UK show features twelve seemingly abstract paintings, although on closer inspection, scratchily drawn helicopters appear against the blood-red smatterings of paint in Demonic Possession (2016) and in Greed and Greed 1 (2016), the outline of majestic mountains emerge. Having begun her career as a graphic artist, drawing and line have always played an important role in Ay Tjoe’s work, which has seen her experiment with a range of mediums from textiles to sculpture and large-scale installations.