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

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