PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY

Sutures and Infinite Laughter

31 May - 26 July 2019

Sutures and Infinite Laughter

Primo Marella Gallery is pleased to announce “Sutures and Infinite Laughter” Ruben Pang’ second solo exhibition at the gallery in Milan, opening on Thursday May 30th at 6.30pm, turning the Claudio Silvestrin-designed-venue a vibrant hall until the end of July. 

As in the previous memorable experience of Zwitterion (2016), this exhibition maintains the ethereal combination of paintings, sculptures and music, comprising a body of twenty artworks as the result of twenty months of incessant evolution between Pang’s studio in Singapore and hideaway in Sardinia.  

Oil, ceramic, aluminium, alkyd, echoes of guitar-riffs and drums intersect once again to capture the viewers sights and refuses any reference point or a priori certainties. It as an invitation to meander into secret worlds and the open-ended interpretations they evoke. 

An imminent spectrum of strident contrasts recurs in Pang’s oeuvre: object VS subject, intimate VS uncanny, discipline VS hysteria. We are visually whiplashed into these oscillations through the aposematic colors (such as orange on black) that set the serrated attitude of the show. 

 Like a concept album, his personal shows tell a silent story and possibilities of reading are plenty. The following are an excerpt of his notes on the coming exhibition as guidelines for the visit: 

 

# [Watering the plants]

It is an active choice: choosing how you want to conduct yourself within the studio. My rule is that I will not sigh in the studio. I believe that is a kind of behavioral conditioning and will reinforce how I respond to stress. I believe that if you show up with the right mindset, the paintings will paint themselves and the music will materialize.

 

# [Bending time]

The luxury of having a studio is that one shortens the time between thinking about something and conceiving it. This paintings and music realized here often demonstrate the result of having a space where ideas do not remain solely ideas but get to be materialized and tested out immediately. Nevertheless, the triptych “Viper Learns to Articulate” tests a different approach: conceived in December 2017, it was finished in 2019.

 

# [Be vulnerable]

In 2016, my friend and mentor, Gilles Massot asked me to actively fall in love with things and people; to seek out the company and counsel of people I admire, to find muses, and to be enchanted by music. We are lucky to have someone care enough to pay some attention to our work… To sit with your mate and experience reciprocal empathy towards the ideas you put forward. The reward is being witness to magic-paintings that you’ve never seen before but recognize.

 

#[Infinite laughter]

The people who have spent time in my studio inspire me. They share certain qualities: their enthusiasm is infectious, they have a wicked sense of humor and laugh hard-the decay of the reverb of their laughter is the most common sound in the studio. Our technical compulsions and tragic experiments are balanced by an equal amount of hysteria and playfulness.

 

# [Gratitude]

I wake up thankful for the life that I have. I have a supportive family that has sacrificed their living space for my art practice since my formative years. My family has chosen to be part of my artistic life yet know when to give me space. They are emotionally supportive and are the bedrock from which everything else can be built upon.

 

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring an essay and critical notes of Professor Adam Staley Groves, who had already worked by Ruben Pang’ side in the past and gained a deep understanding of the artist’s practice, perhaps deeper than the artist himself. 

Viscous Harmony

Ruben Pang

Viscous Harmony
2018
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on wood panel
50 x 40

Viscous Harmony
2018 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on wood panel - 50 x 40

For Every Gain

Ruben Pang

For Every Gain
2018
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on wood panel
50 x 40

For Every Gain
2018 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on wood panel - 50 x 40

Propellant

Ruben Pang

Propellant
2018
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on wood panel
50 x 40

Propellant
2018 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on wood panel - 50 x 40

A Place Without Vagaries

Ruben Pang

A Place Without Vagaries
2018
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on wood panel
50 x 40

A Place Without Vagaries
2018 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on wood panel - 50 x 40

Coniferous Defense Strategies

Ruben Pang

Coniferous Defense Strategies
2018
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on wood panel
40 x 33

Coniferous Defense Strategies
2018 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on wood panel - 40 x 33

Cartilage of Siren Songs

Ruben Pang

Cartilage of Siren Songs
2018
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on wood panel
40 x 33

Cartilage of Siren Songs
2018 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on wood panel - 40 x 33

Receptive Organs of a Stinger

Ruben Pang

Receptive Organs of a Stinger
2018
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on wood panel
40 x 33

Receptive Organs of a Stinger
2018 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on wood panel - 40 x 33

Permanent Humor

Ruben Pang

Permanent Humor
2019
Olio, vernice alchidica e sintetica su pannello composito di alluminio
77,8 x 61

Permanent Humor
2019 - Olio, vernice alchidica e sintetica su pannello composito di alluminio - 77,8 x 61

Pharmakos

Ruben Pang

Pharmakos
2019
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel
77,8 x 61

Pharmakos
2019 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel - 77,8 x 61

Applause

Ruben Pang

Applause
2019
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel
154 x 114

Applause
2019 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel - 154 x 114

Roots of Honest Dreams

Ruben Pang

Roots of Honest Dreams
2019
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel
154 x 114

Roots of Honest Dreams
2019 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel - 154 x 114

Front Towards Enemy

Ruben Pang

Front Towards Enemy
2019
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel
154 x 114

Front Towards Enemy
2019 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel - 154 x 114

No Legato

Ruben Pang

No Legato
2019
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel
154 x 114

No Legato
2019 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel - 154 x 114

The Pond

Ruben Pang

The Pond
2019
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel
220 x 150

The Pond
2019 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel - 220 x 150

To Straighten a Comet’s Tail

Ruben Pang

To Straighten a Comet’s Tail
2019
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel
220 x 150

To Straighten a Comet’s Tail
2019 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel - 220 x 150

Viper Learns Articulation - triptych

Ruben Pang

Viper Learns Articulation - triptych
2019
Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel
215 x 125 cm each (left and right panels) 215 x 137 cm (middle panel)

Viper Learns Articulation - triptych
2019 - Oil, alkyd and synthetic varnish on aluminum composite panel - 215 x 125 cm each (left and right panels) 215 x 137 cm (middle panel)

Waltz with Snipped Ankles

Ruben Pang

Waltz with Snipped Ankles
2019
Ceramic
44 x 27 x 29

Waltz with Snipped Ankles
2019 - Ceramic - 44 x 27 x 29

An Opinion and a Drill

Ruben Pang

An Opinion and a Drill
2019
Ceramic
45 x 28 x 33

An Opinion and a Drill
2019 - Ceramic - 45 x 28 x 33

Nerves for Infinite Returns

Ruben Pang

Nerves for Infinite Returns
2019
Ceramic
41 x 26 x 35

Nerves for Infinite Returns
2019 - Ceramic - 41 x 26 x 35

Phantom Throat

Ruben Pang

Phantom Throat
2019
Ceramic
42 x 28 x 33

Phantom Throat
2019 - Ceramic - 42 x 28 x 33

Emotional Hygiene

Ruben Pang

Emotional Hygiene
2019
Ceramic
43 x 32 x 31

Emotional Hygiene
2019 - Ceramic - 43 x 32 x 31