27/04/2023 - 27/05/2023
Contemporary - Painting
Yage Guo & Bo Sun - At Dawn
Biomorphic forms and petals catching first light. The work of Bo Sun and Yage Guo meets at the point of the natural sublime; a symbolic reckoning at the moment of confrontation between humans and all other nature. While Guo wields linen-cradled flora set in the soft exposure of the atmosphere’s imposing light, Sun constructs techno-futurist skeletons, clad with bluebells and pastel-coloured plastics evoking gelatinous flesh. The works metamorphose from prehistoric, to post-anthropogenic, to supernatural, articulating a reflection on and reverence for structural design in nature and across industry.
Guo observes flowers and plants as subjects, reforming them through a sentimental process of transformation, often using this repeated process as a way to bridge the gap between urban existence and nonhuman nature. Sun’s process is colder, more mechanical. He appropriates shapes such as the moth, cutting them into perspex and aluminium to exact a kind of invasion; a type of mark making that inserts biological patterns into structural engineering and robotics. The sharp edges of Sun’s forms, often evoking mirrored or concrete architectural cityscapes, contrast the breathtaking, fleeting instances that inspire Guo, exacting a play of hard and soft that moves in the philosophical space between the earthly and the cosmological; between day and night.
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