Gallery: Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Artist(s): Ryuji Tanaka
Opening / Event Date: 19 Oct, 2019
Closing / End Date: 1 Feb, 2020
Over the Influence is pleased to present Daisy Chain, a solo exhibition of Los Angeles based multidisciplinary artist Adam Beris in Hong Kong. Marked as his debut show with the gallery, Daisy Chainwill feature a series of new paintings developed over the past year. The exhibition will open on 11October 2019 and run until 9 November 2019. An opening reception will be held at the gallery with the presence of the artist from 6 – 8 PM on 10 October 2019.
Often applying paint straight from the tube, Adam Beris has created his unique hieroglyphic language of distilled imagery. The sculptural materialization of solid color gives rise to his visually enticing compositions of objects and heads in profile. Routinely aligned in a grid-like fashion, they conversely embody both a strict scientific study and a loose informal rendering. Toying with the viewer’s imagination, the seemingly codified language dwells on the notion of symbolic icons and query into their overarching power over human perception.
The artist’s interest indeed resided in the symbology of things – the thingness of them, what makes them what they are. Heads pass each other in traffic, breasts and grapes draw from each other’s symmetries. A cigarette and a flower having a conversation. The moon and the star loosened into their surrounding space. Compiled into organized patterns, the symbols elicit the natural human impulse of categorization, and satisfy the compulsion for titles, groupings, and class systems to differentiate ourselves and our worth.
Like daisy chains, Beris strings his symbols across the canvas in repetition and pattern, beginning and ending over and over again. His compositions contemplate how in proximity meanings adapt, enforce or inhibit – a chain of humans and objects working with and against each other. Proximity can bring about conflict or connectivity. Tangoing on the canvas are the sculptural marks rendered from things of everyday life, following in a tradition that’s evolved and simplified. The realistic attributes of things become condensed into the emoticons of the age. Its infinite repetition mimics the pathways of circular data, the endless scroll of breakfast photos and sunset posts, and the loop of today’s 24/7 news cycle. Adding to that complexity, the distinctive colour palette is packed with improvisational liveliness, instilling the entire canvas with child-like naiveté.
There’s a preciousness in the mundane.