“Efflorescence” Exhibition

Unix Gallery

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Efflorescence, featuring new and unique works from Zhuang Hong Yi, Ellen de Meijer, Gavin Rain, and Alexi Torres.

Zhuang Hong Yi’s Chinese training combined with Western Impressionist elements produces a vast collection of work. With studios in Beijing and Amsterdam, this cross-cultural artist brings traditional Chinese motifs such as rice paper and ink into the modern era, fusing contemporary
form and culturally significant media.

Ellen de Meijer’s paints a unique contrast of tension and pathos. Her portraits show figures of successful repute, yet vulnerable with an empty gaze. They are armed with digital gadgets, which refer to our zeitgeist of access to information and power. This proliferation of technology becomes a point of dependency while human instincts docilely move to the background. Often they brandish small, bizarre objects or wear gloves symbolic of a societal obsession with sterilization and unattainable perfection. “Our human instincts have not changed, despite that our modern society often expects us to ignore these. It’s this tension that inspires my work,” says de Meijer.

Gavin Rain draws from traditional pointillist studies with a mix of the Russian avant-garde of the early 1900’s and modern digital images. His layering of styles communicates a particular message: “I usually dislike art that doesn’t communicate anything.” Rain’s works aims to stimulate the eye and mind simultaneously, creating a constant fluctuation of information being transmitted between the work and the viewer.

Alexi Torres’ paintings are surrounded by an exceptional complexity. He creates a mysterious perception of understanding and surprise in the human mind. Unable to consciously understand or articulate the reason, it converses to our deepest senses by seeing through the need of a critical viewpoint. Addressing the urgency to recover balance and harmony with the environment, Torres paints meticulously detailed leaves, feathers, and other organic materials. Says Torres, “that’s my way to show our interconnection with each other…on a physical and spiritual level.”



from June 25, 2015 to August 22, 2015

Reception For The Artist on 2015-07-23 from 18:00 to 20:00

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