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After Agnes
by Gallery Exit
Location: Gallery Exit
Artist(s): Sarah LAI, KONG Chun Hei, Cam WONG, Jasmine Woon-lam WONG
Date: 26 Mar - 16 Apr 2011

Gallery EXIT is pleased to present After Agnes, a group exhibition featuring the new works of KONG Chun Hei, Sarah LAI, Cam Wong and Jasmine Woon-lam WONG. In their own practice, they continue the quest of Agnes Martin, who dealt with the the relationship between the surface and the real and the spiritual dimension of abstraction.
"My paintings are not about what is seen.
They are about what is known forever in the mind."
~ Agnes Martin
Agnes Martin approached non-objectivity and geometric abstraction not as a kind of formalism, but as a means of structuring philosophical, linguistic, and transcendental ideas. Her meditative grid drawings retained small flaws and unmistakable traces of the artist's hand, yet they can be seen as representing a mental space that strives towards an impossible perfection. This approach enables the viewer to become imperceptibly aware of the existence of the unknowable and representable, of the wanderings of the mind - the abstract as lingua lingering between the real and the ideal.
On a store sign lightbox, Kong repeated his signature until a uniform surface appeared. Lai studied the surface of the Moon through numerous NASA images and synthesized them. Cam Wong captured the beam of sunlight through her window at different times. In her large scale cellotape works, Jasmine Wong traces the small steps between the beginning and the end.

The artists will be present at the opening reception.

Opening Reception: Saturday, 26 March 2011, 6 - 8 pm

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