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. An unending pursuit of resemblance to physical reality, with a single theme or object as the central focus.
The second element of “Stranding Moment” is to escape from the chase to resemble physical reality. As Yu Chuan endeavours to promote the spirit of the East with Western mediums, a breakthrough with new interpretation. From key points derived from the famous book titled “Classification of Ancient Painters”, one aims to achieve artistic ambience to allow an artwork to overcome the limitation of focusing on the subject. This concept is beyond mere deliverance of visual experience . It is the next level of pursuit. These two combined elements brings about a new form of reality.
“Stranding Moment” delivers a powerful visual presentation in each of its exhibit relatable to the beauty of mother nature. Circular formations resembling the crystallisation of Agate, its creation as a result of immense pressurisation, with a calling for time and geology. From geology to formation of matters from the birth of the sun and the moon. The vastness of the timeline is such that it is incomprehensible. Through expansion, division and evolution, such beauty is captured by the artist, depicting the story of the universe. One must be reminded, plants and mineral based paints are derived from mother earth. Colours are carefully selected, ground, and formulated through various processes. These colours come to live in the hands of the artist, and gradually comes to a still and settles once again, leaving an echo in the heart for the artists. This is the power displayed by mother nature. Perhaps abstract, yet when brought to a close proximity, one will identify the compelling subject presented by the fine details.
Artists are the observers of the world, the enquirers of the illusory. What do they see and sought after in this vast space and time? Yu Chuan endeavours to recreate the universe he see in a minute scale, providing a glimpse to his audience. The production of “Stranding Moment” is unique. On top of the use of thick coating and water & oil separation technique, Yu Chuan also tries deviate and stray from the norm. Liken to rise of the technique of Decalcomania. This technique was developed in England in which ink, paint or another mediums were spread onto a surface and while still the paint wet, when removed, transfers a pattern that may be further worked on. In the early 20th Century, this technique was adopted by the Surrealists to create imagery by chance rather than through conscious control. This unconventional deviation from traditional techniques allows artists to create interactively with other materials, surpassing the limits of precedent techniques.
There are 10 square shaped items in this exhibition which are arranged amongst other vertically presented pieces, created with the above mentioned technique, an intuitive approach to the inner dialogue.
In this series of creation, Yu Chuan abandoned his usual techniques and the use of brushes. Exerting all his effort in the deliverance of the chosen theme with the given constraints. Scaling down of colour tones, reduction in size of artwork, a more direct deliverance with a focus on tactility is achieved.
“Stranded Moment” through its deviation from the conventional approach, guides the artist to reveal his inner dialogue. Diminishing the need for conscious involvement. Yu Chuan puts forth the battle encountered infinitely by all beings.
- Material: Oil on board
- Size: 150 x 14 - 8 cm