Grey Projects


Uncanny Geometries by Joshua Yang [2018]

[03.11.18 — 06.12.18]

In these seven new paintings, Joshua Yang explores the geometric configurations of introspection, untimely meditations and mystical wayfinding. Labyrinths, circles and knots recur as graphics and images that reach finality at the end of a long persisting line. Rules of proportion and composition are, in Yang's consideration, more than principles of formal aesthetics; they are visual mathematics as a pursuit of a larger sign, beauty as a sign of order, symmetry and periodicity as evidence of infinity and transformation. As the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss quipped, God arithmetises.

The geometries in Yang's paintings are highly generative of surface and dimensional complexity, creating spatial volumes, depths and ornamentation at different focal lengths. The gears, nuts and rotations of a watch appears as the viewer stands back from Vigils. The blue sky-lit circle becomes a porcelain vessel in Porcelain. Painting for Yang becomes a blueprint for an architecture of the interior, mystical, body, one with a silhouette drawn as a matter of time passing rather than of strictly delimited space. Just as his lines both outline and fill in their eventual images, the way the surface in a Moebius strip can be anterior and interior space, the body in a state of inward motion, with Yang, is both the skin and substance of a knotty untimeliness.

Joshua Yang was born in 1974 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2003, while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, he founded the art collective, Vertical Submarine, which has been active in the local and international art scene since.

In 2005, he won first prize in the UOB Painting of the Year for the Abstract category. Other awards include the coveted Credit Suisse Artist Residency Award 2009, The President’s Young Talents Award 2009 and the Singapore Art Show Judges’ Choice 2005. His drawings began to receive attention when he completed a forty-eight-hour drawing marathon in 2007. His works, which are predominantly site-specific time-based drawings employing a single-continuous line, have been featured in local and regional Biennales, including the Singapore Biennale 2008 and the Dojima River Biennale 2009 (Osaka). He has received commissions from public institutions as well as private collectors for his work. These include the Bishop’s quarters in Malaysia, Marymount MRT station in Singapore and the Dojima Performing Arts Theatre in Japan.

Yang is currently living and working in Singapore, and has completed projects in Spain, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, The Philippines, Mexico City, Australia, and Germany.

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