September 22, 2023


How Art Works

Juxtapoz Journal – Alvin Ong: Polyphony

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Rhythm comes from the pairings of arduous and gentle, mild and heavy, stability and imbalance, the punctuation and mixture of various tones. – Haruki Murakami, Completely on Music

rodolphe janssen is happy to current Polyphony, an Alvin Ong solo exhibition curated by Kami Gahiga. The artist’s model combines a number of overlaid visible vocabularies which endow his work a rhythmic high quality. Color, form, texture, and type but in addition devices, notation, and scale, are thought of as websites of enquiry. Taking the polyphonic and contrapuntal expressive qualities of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “The Artwork of Fugue” (printed posthumously in 1751) as level of departure, Polyphony showcases fifteen work developed all through the second half of 2022 in London and Ong’s artwork residency at Eton School.

The exhibition addresses the range of layers, references, and influences that inform Ong’s work – together with classical music, conventional Malay folktales, and know-how blended with artwork historical past starting from Outdated Masters to up to date artwork. By means of the range of its themes and intersecting driving forces, Polyphony unveils genuine humanistic traits : carnal whims, voyeurism, alienation, and the human want for connection. Alvin Ong’s work possess a universality and distinct worldview that ignite one’s inside world and deepest impulses.

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