Ascaso Gallery is pleased to announce Catalytic Confections, a two-particular person exhibition of operate by painters Adam Handler and Ms.Dyu, opening August 4th. The juxtaposition of these bodies of function creates a dialogue in between two artists mining veins of whimsy and particular philosophy in strikingly different techniques.
Lifted in Queens, now functioning in close by Armonk, Adam Handler discovered his inventive spark as a kid in his grandparents’ New York framing manufacturing unit. Surrounded with paintings by the likes of Chagall, de Kooning, Basquiat and Haring, Handler commenced emulating his favorites as a teen, and later concentrated his personal resourceful voice by learning existence drawing in Italy and earning a BA in art history, aiming to stay clear of the strictures of good art education and learning and retain the sensibility of “an outsider, but an informed outsider.” Utilizing sweet-coloured acrylics and the childlike scrawl of oil adhere, generally performing in monumental scale, he strives to channel the uncooked, confident power of innocence. In pairing sweet imagery of women, flowers and helpful ghosts with “sinister entities” like bats, ghouls and UFOs, he confronts his personal trepidation about the transience of everyday living by enveloping it in joyful exuberance, in the long run searching for to catalyze an psychological response in the viewer.
Handler counts a lack of perfection between his most treasured equipment. “It’s hard to be uncomplicated,” he says. “It’s one particular of the most difficult matters – to end.” His exhibitions consist of big artwork fairs and solo demonstrates in New York, London, Paris, Seoul and Taipei.
Introduced up in a Russian seaside city, now living in Dubai, Ms.Dyu started portray in her teens, and honed her craft though earning a BFA in design and style and an interdisciplinary MLA. Her early vocation in 3D modeling might add a cartoonish component to these oil paintings, in which colossal woman figures, usually break up or twinned, crowd the body as if confined in just it, peering out with mischievous or looking expressions. Even though nude, Dyu’s giantesses express no sexuality – relatively, their distorted bodies recommend a conflict involving women’s dreams and societal expectations. Set in minimalist seascapes afloat with little clouds like swirls of vanilla frosting, they summon echoes of Picasso’s surrealist-period of time paintings of women at the beach front but whilst Picasso’s girls are basically noticed, Dyu’s are the observer. They look at us sharply by way of veils of hair reminiscent of the Muslim niqāb, their gaze narrowed by eyelids depicted, in stark contrast to their curvaceous surroundings, as trompe l’oeil rectangles floating over the area of the canvas like shutters poised to slam shut.
From within two notoriously male-dominated cultures, Ms.Dyu provokes issues about feminine company, pulling women’s goals and society’s ulterior motives into the highlight. Her new exhibitions involve shows in New York, Paris, Dubai, China and Japan