Oil on canvas (framed)
Size: 73 x 60 cm
Yu Chuan, an accomplished artist at articulating the classical into contemporary artworks, mastering the amalgamation of water colour and acrylics. One would not be able to miss the strong charisma and unique and powerful brush stoke techniques displayed by his artworks. The series of “Stranding Moment” continues to exhibit characteristics of movement and colours. The irregular sizing of wooden blocks in itself is one eye catching feature. The arrangement of these rectangular and square blocks in the gallery transform into a ray of light. An invitation for the audience to pace along the exhibits which has been strategically displayed in both its space and its dimension, to bring about an unconventional approach to artwork appreciation. This also demonstrates the artist’s continual strive for breakthrough.
The “Standing Moment” series, compared to it’s predecessors, displays greater absence of colours. The power of black and white contrasts versus gradual shadings of black and white, and vibrant colours gorgeously presented with such fine details. Many has commented they see nature in Yu Chuan’s artworks, from dances of colours in the sky, to streaming water with markings on stones and moving lava, all encompassing a time factor. Whether it be a fleeting moment of arrays in the sky to thousands of years for the formation of mountains and gems. Compressing the time element into a limited space. The uniqueness of “Stranding Moment” is a challenge for the artist to showcase the boundless in the limited space with a width of 100mm. Due to such restraint, Yu Chuan must let go of his iconic powerful brush stroke technique. In the confined and narrow space, the composition and techniques are vastly different from before. Surprisingly, when the change is slowly won over by this new chemistry, a new meaning gradually rises.
“Stranding Moment” is comprised of two elements. Firstly, luring with intimacy is the unique dimension of the artwork. In the twenty pieces of artwork displayed, each item possesses a different length but all with the same width, drawing the audience for a more up close experience. The artwork circles the showroom, surrounded are the audience, drawn and fixated by the fine details presented, bonding between the artwork and the audience is created in this stranding moment. Miniature in size compared to former pieces, disabling the audience to capture the composition from a distance. Audience now have a different way of appreciation, whether they choose to start from the left to right, or from the opposite direction, a passive invitation to viewers, changing the way to view the beauty with the movement of their body. Yu Chuan’s experiment brings about an unconventional approach to the common practice.
Secondly, an inner and hidden quality, is the rearrangement of perception. Western artworks uses a golden ration for dimension to create a sense of physical reality. Acrylics, a medium which allows the stacking of colours for formations.&nb