New York

Marlene Tseng Yu

Yoshii Gallery

Marlene Tseng Yu has deftly avoided the common pitfalls besetting many late-20th-century painters interested in natural beauty; she has managed to avoid the trite and tired, the conventional and formulaic depiction, and has stayed amazingly free of clichéd sentimentality. What she puts forth, instead, is a thoroughly contemporary image of nature that combines painterly and graphic values with objective and fantastic overtures. That is to say, Tseng Yu has forged an original style that conveys the spirit of nature, by working on the borderline between representation and abstraction. With her background both in traditional Chinese brush painting and Minimalism, she has pushed aside the usual obstacles separating Eastern and Western pictorial systems, synthesizing the two in powerful and enchanting expressions of a nature far removed from the ravages of industrialization.

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