Returning to Gallery House artists Adam Giroux and Jeffrey Chong Wang for a group exhibition of their evocative and transcendent work.
Giroux’s haunting, muted portraits of nameless individuals tell of the subjects’ perspectives toward willpower and the idealized self through cryptic symbolism and personal metaphors. These themes are presented in large oil paintings, blending both dark realism and abstraction into works that invite the viewer to view and evaluate their fixations through a different lens as he evaluates his own life in parallel. Continuing where he left off in his last solo show Locus, Giroux explores the boundaries of obsession and identity; referencing past pieces, subtracting elements, isolating individual components in oil and in other elements and different surfaces.
“The work I’m preparing is about relationships between people and what myself and others choose to give and take when building connections. When we establish a friendship/romantic partner/business partner, we select the attributes we like about the other person, but sometimes expect the entirety to be as fulfilling as the select pieces. I’m hoping to examine the little offerings in isolation, without the corruption or context of the whole. It’s all about the tiny little transactions between people; exchanging a touch on the forearm for a kind word, or the body-language associated with disappointment in response to a forgotten obligation.”
Wang’s art is opulent in a symbolism that richly references bygone centuries rendered in a classical, almost Florentine style. His work is filled with intrigue and theatrics; his paintings exist not in the landscape of the familiar but in memories of places that do not exist. Wang’s work reveals an inexhaustible talent for reinventing historical models for an ahistorical age. They are strangely disquieting and expressionistic.
“All the figures that I create on canvas are myself in a way; they reflect my cultural upbringing, personal feelings, and experiences. I think of them as characters in a drama, and the canvas as a stage. My work is a response to the imbalance between my inside feelings and the outside world. I fuse classical concepts and traditional techniques into my work using my own exaggerated figures. These figures reflect the history of western oil painting techniques but also show contemporary themes of eastern culture.”using my own exaggerated figures. These figures reflect the history of western oil painting techniques but also show contemporary themes of eastern culture.”