Ian Woo (b. 1967, Singapore) is an artist influenced by forms of modernism, perceptual abstraction and the sound structures of music improvisation. His paintings, painted objects and drawings are characterised by a sense of gravitational and representational change.
For his latest exhibition, presented by FOST Gallery, Joy of a preverbal dispenser sees Woo employing painting as a ‘mental’ device where forms modulate between crevices and haptic spaces. These forms resembling voids and translucent surfaces, pulsate throughout each work, resembling screens or structures in the midst of change and
transference. Each painting evolves as cognitive time between examples of the pictorial and the object, revealing how a painting is constructed.
This can be attested through the artist’s methodical system of negotiating between line and shape in search for cropped perspectives, revealing the instability of memory as an ‘incidental event’. The exhibition title alludes to the moment before description, suggesting the ambiguity and anxiety to the sensation of image making.
Each work often bears signs in which the function of image is seen as a diagrammatic guide towards consciousness. His use of frames, axis and invisible grids as starting points to build upon his work has led to the development of his ‘compartments and systems’ approach to understanding a painted space as activated time.
Joy of a preverbal dispenser runs from 11th January to 23rd February 2020 at FOST Gallery. For more information and to arrange a viewing, visit their website here