36 possibilities of figure 1

This is a series of 36 fragmented spatial drawings that are developed from a shape that the artist designates as figure 1. These fragments of spatial drawings are based on real life surroundings where the artist was living in at the time. These drawings were developed gradually over a period of 6 months in 2005. The process involved a great amount of time observing real life surroundings and looking for figure 1. Then, the artist would draft out with ruler and pencil 2”x3” individual drawings of fragmented interior space that embedded figure 1. These pencil drawings were later scanned and digitally modified. The artist also added a connect-the-dot visual element to figure 1 as a reference to instructional and repetitive drawing exercises.

The artist, Ya-Wei Lin’s visual practice usually revolves around finding repetitive lines and geometrical shapes in landscape, urban scape and every day surroundings. Ya-Wei is inclined to minimalistic visual presentation and aesthetics and finds references from works by Sol LeWitt, Robert Ryman, Agnes Martin, Ellsworth Kelly and Ad Reinhardt.

“There is no attempt at illusion; the paintings are not “about” anything other than what’s right before your eyes. What you see is what you get – nothing more, nothing less.” – Robert Ryman.

“I don’t abstract from anything. [My work is] involved with real visual aspects of what you really are looking at, whether it’s wood, or you see the paint, and the metal, and how it’s put together and how it works with the wall and how it works with the light.” – Robert Ryman.

36 possibilities of figure 1 will be exhibited in The Taste and See Shop from January 9 to February 3, 2017.


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