Primo Marella Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the Singaporean artist Ruben Pang’s new solo exhibition, set up in both our Lugano galleries!
Born in 1990 in Singapore, Ruben Pang graduated at Lasalle College of the Arts, with a Diploma in Fine Arts and he currently lives and works between Singapore and Sardinia.
Entitled Venusian Skies, the exhibition will present Pang's latest creations, in which he invites us to lose ourselves in a sort of a long and distant journey, with paintings inspired by a new surreal vision that plays with the movement and smoothness of the surface. Using a combination of oils, alkyds and acrylics he paints, scratches and erases his paintings using brushes, hands, palette knives and sandpaper, revealing layers of color that reflect projections of his psyche. Pang prefers aluminum panels as its rigidity reflects and captures the nuances of each moment and gesture in a way which canvas cannot. Its durability allows greater freedom to transform the image as it develops. The technique used to spread the color does not aim to make a dough or to give a sense of three-dimensionality, but rather the color and the representation help to unfold the images.
What has become most poignant to me recently is the need to lose self-created barriers between introversion and extroversion, self-consciousness and self-awareness, fast and slow thinking. I paint what occurs in my life, and believe that no subject matter should be taboo. I subscribe to the metaphor of harmony and dissonance; harmony aspires to the divine but could be authoritarian, while dissonance can be unnerving while it celebrates the grit of humanity. Underneath these dualities, art is always optimistic by opposing adamantine logic; that one can behold the universe by going within.
- Ruben Pang