FOST Gallery is delighted to present The Blue of Distance by Wyn-Lyn Tan from 05 September to 25 October 2015.
Borrowing its title from writer and historian Rebecca Solnit, The Blue of Distance invites a meditation on how we often find ourselves in the unknown – both metaphorically and physically. In painting, the colour blue has often been used as a symbolic demarcation of distance, where painters create illusion of depth by depicting distant objects to be bluer than nearer objects. Blue is also a metaphor of longing and absence, and as Solnit says, “Blue is the color of longing for the distances you never arrive in.”
Over the last few years, Wyn-Lyn has journeyed to remote, natural landscapes in the Northern Hemisphere on various artist residencies, in a desire to chase the ephemeral. The Blue of Distance, on one level, pays homage to these landscapes that Wyn-Lyn experienced, as she gives breadth to vistas of memories, light, color and atmosphere. Moving beyond the landscape, Wyn-Lyn’s engagement with mark-making has become a key subject in expressing her growing interest in the materiality of her practice. Working with wood as a material for the first time, Wyn-Lyn will present a series of shaped curvilinear pieces over which she has painted. Another series of paintings radically utilises the gallery space with its long, scroll-like presentation, such that the horizon of each painting forms a continuous, seemingly endless panorama. The exhibition will also include an installation of two large paintings encased within a deep box-like frame lined with mirrors, each one appearing as a portal to another place.
Catalogue Essay by Dr. Charles Merewether.
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, 04 SEP 2015, 7-9 PM
ARTIST'S TALK: SATURDAY, 05 SEP 2015, 2-3 PM