Juxtapoz Magazine - Mark Yang is Having a "Lucid Dream" in London

Several Tiny Fires offers an exhibition of new paintings by American painter, Mark Yang, at No. 9 Cork Avenue, London, on see until November 26thThe exhibition, Lucid Desire, signifies the artist’s very first European exhibition, and the initially exhibition of his operates on paper. The artist was born in Seoul, South Korea. He grew up in California, and life and is effective in New York.

Mark Yang paints the figure but isn’t intrigued in creating narratives. As a substitute, he takes advantage of the human overall body as a conceptual jumping-off level to discover how we entwine, interact with, and go through other human beings.

Yang renders his forms in an idiosyncratic, angular, graphically stylized manner, managing entire body parts as sculptures to be painted. His palette is made up of dim purples, acid greens, dazzling pops of yellow, orange, and crimson. He employs fluid gestures and undulating strains to create entangled, mysterious, uneven compositions that never quickly give away the plot.

Often, the viewer cannot discern which limb is linked to which entire body. Gratuitous legs wrap all-around a single butt although numerous arms writhe in a tangled mass. These nonsensical knots converse volumes by way of type, physique language, and other visible codes exceptional to human beings.

Yang commonly avoids depicting faces in favor of ambiguity and a slow visible read through. When faces do look, they frequently snooze… or rest eternally. Yang paints what he understands, employing himself as a quotidian product. His figures – male, female, and gender neutral – provide as intellectual clay for their maker, not sexualized amusements. In reality, he exaggerates male nipples, turning them into official features, which resemble eyes and “look” again at the viewer.

For his Cork Road exhibition, Yang grapples with many new themes. He considers the magical system of producing new life, in Yeondu and Lucid Aspiration. He carries on interpreting canonical performs these as Mantegna’s Lamentation of Christ, Michelangelo’s Struggle of the Centaurs and Bartolini’s The Demidoff Table. Ultimately, in Anterior (night) and Posterior (night time), Yang explores the spectre of the pandemic, as perfectly as other the latest earth activities that have introduced us pictures beyond comprehension.

Entire body language can be ambiguous, as can individuals. At the close of the day, Yang’s paintings take a look at the complexities and troubles of being familiar with other human beings – a conceptual puzzle most of us confront on a every day basis.