ESLITE GALLERY is pleased to present “TSONG Pu—Illusions of the Universe” from October 19 to November 17, 2019, featuring canvas, watercolor and installation works made between 2017 and 2019 by the artist. Charcoal on paper works from 2005 will also be on view. These works reveal TSONG Pu’s thoughts on minimalist painting in a post-abstract art era, as well as his imagination of the relationship between art, man, nature and the universe. This marks his third solo project with ESLITE GALLERY.
Since the end of the 1970s, TSONG Pu is known for his unique take on producing paintings in a geometric style using 1 cm-by-1 cm chops and an array of colors over the spectrum. His works are not projections of any particular object. He explains in his exhibition statement, “The geometric paintings I have made since the 1980s are self-explanatory. They contain a sense of warmth unfound in modernism, which is usually stripped of emotions. My work is about history, sentiments or perspectives that are outside of the mainstream.” As such, it is clear that TSONG Pu takes a rebellious stance against the extreme simplification of form proposed by classic minimalism. His new geometric paintings assume poetic names such as White dew eliminates old moon and A space, where the same dust is seen in the light instead of being “untitled.” He uses objects of functions and insinuations such as branches, rocks, metals or industrial materials to allow more interpretations of his paintings. He also makes three dimensional installations to purposefully connect his art to reality.
This exhibition is entitled “Illusions of the Universe,” because TSONG Pu has realized that many of his considerations when making works actually pertain to physical phenomena, such as reflections and analysis of light. It is as though he is unconsciously following the order of the universe, and attempting to encapsulate the universe through a methodical, or even mechanical manner. In doing so, he is essentially creating illusions of the universe. At the same time, his works are also microcosmoses of rich sentiments and narratives. TSONG Pu’s art, in other words, assumes an orderly and structured appearance, but passing through the surface and digging deeper, one will discover that each painting is unique in its own right, infused by the artist’s lyrical emotions and thoughts as well as embodying Eastern poetics. “Minimal geometric art is a medium for me to portray man’s illusions of the universe, just as painting is a kind of illusion,” reflected TSONG.