Hong Kong, 1/F, Asiarich Court, 5 Staunton Street, CentralMap
Tao Stein’s paintings aren’t images of other things, they are first-order objects. From the figurative through varying degrees of abstraction, painting represents the world (subject) on canvas (object). Stein’s non-representational abstraction takes us to the pure limit where there is no separation between subject and object. He presents new worlds for exploration, creating sensations of intrigue and mystery, while deferring to the viewer a total freedom to form inferences and compose their own imaginative structures. The new work created for this exhibition, Flatness, is a world of spheres intersected by the flat planes of the canvas, creating intricate and beautiful circle mosaics.
Stein’s creative process is unique. While many contemporary artists use commercial software packages or tools to create their work, Stein programs the computer directly. He begins with an idea, and creates it all the way from the bottom layer of geometry and abstract math formulas, through the implementation in code, up to the final painting. This intimate and detailed process is tied to the strong originality and sincerity of his work. Flatness, builds on work shown earlier this year in Beijing and Venice. Stein received the PhD in Computer Science from Harvard and studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute.