Sunday, October 5, 2014

Art Taipei 2014

Dollhouse, 30 by 40 inches | Work in progress
Dollhouse, 30 by 40 inches | Work in progress

Migration, 30 by 40 inches | Work in progress
Migration, 30 by 40 inches | Work in progress

Coming up this month end is Art Taipei 2014. I'll be participating for the very first time with Galerie Sogan & Art (Booth 37). Here's a little preview of the work in progress of the two paintings that I'll be coming up with for this event. Going pretty green this time round >_<

Saturday, May 3, 2014

'Play's Opening Night

(Photo courtesy of Birdman Photos)

(Photo courtesy of Birdman Photos)

(Photo courtesy of Birdman Photos)

(Photo courtesy of Thinkspace Gallery)
Some snapshots from the opening night of Play. Here're links to more opening night photos: Facebook | Flickr

Monday, April 28, 2014

Features of 'Play'

Front and back of Play showcards

 Supersonic Electronic features 'Play'

 Arrested Motion features 'Play'

 Juxtapoz features 'Play'

Play is officially open! It was so much fun meeting and chatting up with new folks, and even more heart warming to see some familiar faces in the massive crowd that night. Thank you all for taking time to stop by for the opening! Also very honored to have some of the works be featured on several great and popular art sites for this event.

Arrested Motion
Supersonic Electronic

For those who weren't able to make it for the opening, the exhibition will be running till May 17th, at Thinkspace Gallery. They are open Tue-Sat, from noon to 6pm, so drop by if you didn't get a chance yet. For those who might be too far, here's a link to the works for Play,

'Thinkspace (Los Angeles) is pleased to present Play, featuring new works by Jolene Lai in the project room. Lai’s work disarmingly extracts visual magic from the mundane repetitions of daily life, and from the familiar narratives that lurk in our shared consciousness. Like adult fairy tales, the artist transforms known situations from memory and the every day, building playful symbolic narratives through free association. Lai transports the viewer through a whimsical cast of characters and symbols, at times absurd and at others tragicomic. Her work often feels like a waking dream as the familiar is uncomfortably amplified through strange poetry.

The artist works primarily in oil and acrylic on canvas, or mixed media on watercolor paper, building visual tensions with highly detailed and dimensional areas set against moments of graphic flatness. This push and pull in her technical execution aptly reflects the thematic oppositions inherent in her work. They combine the known and the unfamiliar with seamless ease. An aggregate of contrariety, her works are hauntingly of this world and yet derived from a disquieting beyond. They emotively reveal the complex facets of shared human anxieties, desires and musings through surreal imagery that proverbially cuts to the more foreboding recesses of the familiar.

In Play, the artist will present five new works in oil and acrylic on canvas. The imagery is inspired by a nostalgic revisitation of childhood themes and toys, and features a female character faced with adult situations and impulses that are mediated through the play things and fantasies of childhood. Just as the impulses of nostalgia are haunting, bittersweet and at times traumatic, so too is her beautiful escapism. Stolen hearts, flighty birds, larger than life friends and assailants, broken faceless loves and identities - Lai’s work tugs at our seams.
' — Marieke Treilhard

Monday, April 14, 2014

Play — April 26th to May 17th

'Play' | Solo Exhibition by Jolene Lai at Thinkspace Gallery

'Play' | Solo Exhibition by Jolene Lai at Thinkspace Gallery

'Play' | Solo Exhibition by Jolene Lai at Thinkspace Gallery
Ad for Play & LAX/TXL spotted in Juxtapoz Magazine issue #160

Spotted in Juxtapoz Magazine: Ad for Liz Brizzi's big solo, Adrift (main gallery), as well as Play, my second solo (project room) in the US, coming up at Thinkspace Gallery this April 26th. 

Play (Project Room)
April 26, 2014 - May 17, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Additionally, on the right, the ad for the LAX/TXL group show curated by Thinkspace Gallery, that I'm also delighted to be participating in. Happening in Berlin, Germany on May 17th.

May 17, 2014 - July 12, 2014
Opening Reception with the Artist(s): Saturday, May 17, 2014 | 8:00pm - 12:00am

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Playground — Art Stage Singapore 2014

Lotus | 72 by 60 inches | Oil on canvas | 2013

Broken Telephone | 72 by 60 inches | Oil on canvas | 2013

Night Market | 72 by 60 inches | Oil on canvas | 2013

Complete look and details of all three paintings (part of the Playground series) Lotus, Broken Telephone and Night Market, that were recently showcased at Art Stage Singapore 2014, on their Southeast Asian Platform. Thrilled to know that Art Bites' (Arts on Okto Singapore) host, Anita Kapoor had visited the show booth and did an interview with representing gallery — Galerie Sogan Art, on my works!

Catch the short clip:
Art Bites — Art Stage Singapore 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Muse

The Muse SG Interview

A recent interview I did with The Muse SG. Special thanks to Casandra Wong for this treat!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Art Stage Singapore 2014

In a few days time, the official opening of Art Stage Singapore 2014. Galerie Sogan & Art will be showcasing 3 large scale paintings of mine, each measuring 72 by 60 inches, at the Southeast Asian platform. So if you are going to be catching this big art event, don't forget we'll be at platform no. 12.