Dynamics # 1
2010 by Gwen Xiao Yu
Central St Martin’s College of Art MA Show
Yu’s geometric canvas is an obvious commander of attention. It is not only unmistakably un-rectangular but provocatively geometric – sides gesticulating at different angles, pushed on by the equally conflicting angles within the composition. There is no centre point, yet these three bands glide to meet each other just off centre, creating a focal point that again teases us with a paradigm of the norm. This focal point is created with the arrows these bands create — blue marbled lines surge upward and the grey panelling breaks to bring its line to point directionally down. Line has all the control here, guiding our eyes and creating barriers – cleanly cut changes between colour and design. The simplicity of these cutting edges, where no blending of paint is to be imagined, is echoed in the base and quiet colour used, which in pure blocks – tone only changing with the introduction of more lines – is simple and poignantly effective. Their combination is calming, perfectly aligned against the recklessness of the angles. Yu’s painting is geometic dynamism pulled out and played to its best.