PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY

ABSTRACT vs OPTICAL

Jigger Cruz / Marco Mazzucconi / Farhan Siki / Rangga Aputra / Jiahua Qian / Refijon / Tantin Udiantara / Wang Zhongjie

16 April - 30 May 2020

ABSTRACT vs OPTICAL
It was meant to be physically there, but it won’t. 
Forget your best suit, lay down on your sofa, stretch your lazy muscles and raise a glass to contemporary art: this is the first exhibition Primo Marella Gallery launches online instead of inviting you to visit on a cool spring-like Thursday evening. Moral disclaimer: we are gonna use words and talk about things extremely out of sync to what is going on out there. 
Abstract vs Opticala journey started one year ago on some unspoiled Indonesian environment, redirecting myself to Singapore and Philippines, eventually leading me back to the place where I first encountered the most sincere art of the nineties (second disclaimer: the country that follows will cause mixed feelings): China. 
 
Exploring studios. 
Visiting independent art spaces. 
Walking through alleys.
Debating with old and new friends at old and new cafes.
 
Tasting traditional food whose flavor reminds you of the last time you had it, suggesting new directions, though.
Nor China nor any country gathered under the acronym S.E.A. has ever expressed a so coherent research in art around the absence of any formal shapes. Even through their darkest times, those lands have never challenged their audience with a so explicit lack of formal reference. Not until now. Therefore, the aim of thisshow is to evidence suchbooming of abstraction inregionswhere this practice hasn’t been the general rule yet.
On one hand, the new generation of artists is quite involved in this kind of painting; on the other hand, many mid-career artists are leaving Figurativism behind. 
 
They are all strongly involved in experimenting new and innovative way of expressing themselves. Questioning their own position in the world, they start from hearth-felt topics, follow unpredictable directions and get to surprising solutions. How difficult it is to understand in a direct manner that a brushstroke truly is the visual consequence of an inner instinct. 
Abstract Vs Optical doesn’t want to oppose, rather bring together (finally something very sympathetic with the moment). Bring together ideas, feelings, actions, artists generations. 
 
I was very surprised in my travel last year around Asia about this situation, and probably I am one of the few that had this impression. I also found, at the beginning that this attitude were simple, and so not interesting, in region where there is not a tradition in it. But later I started to analyze better this Phenomena, and I am arrived to consider it an interesting direction of the art of this generation of artist.
 
And my rule, is, as always, to try to understand what of new is happening in the art world. In these new experimentations or forms of art, I have also seen a side attitude, in the practice of several artists, to do an abstracting-art more in direction of new forms of optical Art, like if this kind of attitude in painting (starting from artists like Vasarely or Tadasky and going through the experiences of several artist of Kinetik art in the past...) has never stopped, and need to have to express it more modernly and widely in this times. Especially with the voices of this extraordinary new artists coming out from Asia.
Seconds - 19

Jiahua Qian

Seconds - 19
2014
Acrylic on cloth
120 x 85 cm

Seconds - 19
2014 - Acrylic on cloth - 120 x 85 cm

2015-11.15

Wang Zhongjie

2015-11.15
2015
Oil on canvas
200 x 300 cm

2015-11.15
2015 - Oil on canvas - 200 x 300 cm

2015-9-19

Wang Zhongjie

2015-9-19
2015
Oil on canvas
150 x 220 cm

2015-9-19
2015 - Oil on canvas - 150 x 220 cm

Afterglow

Jiahua Qian

Afterglow
2016
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 160 cm

Afterglow
2016 - Acrylic on canvas - 200 x 160 cm

2019-1-5

Wang Zhongjie

2019-1-5
2019
Oil on canvas
100 x 120 cm

2019-1-5
2019 - Oil on canvas - 100 x 120 cm

2017.10-2019.7

Wang Zhongjie

2017.10-2019.7
2019
Oil on canvas
150 x 200 cm

2017.10-2019.7
2019 - Oil on canvas - 150 x 200 cm

Essere non qui

Marco Mazzucconi

Essere non qui
2019
Oil on canvas
212 x 126,5 x 4 cm

Essere non qui
2019 - Oil on canvas - 212 x 126,5 x 4 cm

Essere non qui

Marco Mazzucconi

Essere non qui
2019
Oil on canvas
212 x 126,5 x 4 cm

Essere non qui
2019 - Oil on canvas - 212 x 126,5 x 4 cm

Essere non qui

Marco Mazzucconi

Essere non qui
2019
Oil on canvas
212 x 126,5 x 4 cm

Essere non qui
2019 - Oil on canvas - 212 x 126,5 x 4 cm

Essere non qui

Marco Mazzucconi

Essere non qui
2019
Oil on canvas
212 x 126,5 x 4 cm

Essere non qui
2019 - Oil on canvas - 212 x 126,5 x 4 cm

Essere non qui

Marco Mazzucconi

Essere non qui
2019
Oil on canvas
212 x 126,5 x 4 cm

Essere non qui
2019 - Oil on canvas - 212 x 126,5 x 4 cm

Untitled

Refijon

Untitled
2019
Acrylic on canvas
164,5 x 144,5 x 5 cm

Untitled
2019 - Acrylic on canvas - 164,5 x 144,5 x 5 cm

Untitled

Refijon

Untitled
2019
Acrylic on canvas
199 x 199 x 5 cm

Untitled
2019 - Acrylic on canvas - 199 x 199 x 5 cm

Untitled

Refijon

Untitled
2019
Acrylic on canvas
169,3 x 169,5 x 5 cm

Untitled
2019 - Acrylic on canvas - 169,3 x 169,5 x 5 cm

Untitled

Refijon

Untitled
2019
Acrylic on canvas
199,5 x 199,5 x 5 cm

Untitled
2019 - Acrylic on canvas - 199,5 x 199,5 x 5 cm

The dots

Gusti Tantin Udiantara

The dots
2019
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 cm

The dots
2019 - Acrylic on canvas - 200 x 200 cm

Untitled

Farhan Siki

Untitled
2019
Spray paint on canvas
178,5 × 197 × 4 cm

Untitled
2019 - Spray paint on canvas - 178,5 × 197 × 4 cm

Untitled

Farhan Siki

Untitled
2019
Spray paint on canvas
199,5 × 226,5 × 3,5 cm

Untitled
2019 - Spray paint on canvas - 199,5 × 226,5 × 3,5 cm

Untitled

Farhan Siki

Untitled
2019
Spray paint on canvas
149,5 × 149 × 4 cm

Untitled
2019 - Spray paint on canvas - 149,5 × 149 × 4 cm

The Infinity Line #5

Gusti Tantin Udiantara

The Infinity Line #5
2020
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 cm

The Infinity Line #5
2020 - Acrylic on canvas - 200 x 200 cm

The Infinity Line #4

Gusti Tantin Udiantara

The Infinity Line #4
2020
Acrylic on canvas
120 x 120 cm

The Infinity Line #4
2020 - Acrylic on canvas - 120 x 120 cm

The Infinity Line #3

Gusti Tantin Udiantara

The Infinity Line #3
2020
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 150 cm

The Infinity Line #3
2020 - Acrylic on canvas - 150 x 150 cm

Untitled 1

Jigger Cruz

Untitled 1
2020
Oil on canvas
138,5 x 108 cm

Untitled 1
2020 - Oil on canvas - 138,5 x 108 cm

Beyond words

Rangga Aputra

Beyond words
2020
Acrylic bitumen on canvas
200 x 180 cm

Beyond words
2020 - Acrylic bitumen on canvas - 200 x 180 cm

Untitled 2

Jigger Cruz

Untitled 2
2020
Oil on canvas
144 x 113 cm

Untitled 2
2020 - Oil on canvas - 144 x 113 cm

Summer light

Rangga Aputra

Summer light
2020
Oil acrylic on canvas
200 x 180 cm

Summer light
2020 - Oil acrylic on canvas - 200 x 180 cm

Bertebaran

Rangga Aputra

Bertebaran
2020
Acrylic bitumen on canvas
180 x 150 cm

Bertebaran
2020 - Acrylic bitumen on canvas - 180 x 150 cm

Time flies (diptych)

Rangga Aputra

Time flies (diptych)
2020
Acrylic bitumen on canvas
300 x 180 cm

Time flies (diptych)
2020 - Acrylic bitumen on canvas - 300 x 180 cm