Ian Woo, Can You Hear Us?, 2015, acrylic on linen, 98 1/2 × 78 3/4".

Ian Woo

Tomio Koyama Gallery

Ian Woo, Can You Hear Us?, 2015, acrylic on linen, 98 1/2 × 78 3/4".

Although the title of Ian Woo’s most recent exhibition was “Falling Off Plastic Chairs,” the sensation created by its five large paintings and seven works on paper was more of a sense of slippage. At first glance, Woo’s paintings suggest a kind of organized chaos, a collision of choice and indeterminacy. For example, the largest work in the exhibition, Can You Hear Us? (all works cited, 2015), consisting predominantly of cold and muted greenish yellows and yellowish grays as well as flat white patches, has no image or obvious point of focus. It is composed of thinly painted brushstrokes, both fluid and stuttering, that create an impression of compacted, swirling energy. As in a fragmented Cubist composition, there is a sense of overlaying or a fitting together of parts, except that this Singaporean abstractionist’s paintings do not coalesce into depictions of any object or scene

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