September 10, 2018 - October 6, 2018
Opening Reception : September 21, 2018, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
This exhibition will feature 18 watercolour pencil drawings created between March and August of this year and numerous thumbnail sketches that were created in South Korea.
During the winter of 2008 – 09, I was living in Naju, Korea. I spent about 3 weeks making sketches for a new body of mosaic wall sculptures. Many of the images I made are vertical because the pine boards I use are mainly long and not wide. Pine acts as the armature in my mosaics. When I made these sketches, I was thinking like a sculptor, examining how they could be carved out of wood. A set of watercolour pencil crayons was a gift from the Naju School Board. I had never used this medium before but I enjoyed how the colours blended together on the paper. The ordinary A4 paper I used came from one of the schools I taught at. Normally I would use this paper for creating English lessons.
The first 12 drawings I made in 2018 used the thumbnails from Naju as preliminary sketches. These images became developed, colourful and complete. One can see the influences that Korea had on me. The mighty Yeongsan River which cuts through Naju appears in one drawing. A few works show the short, lush mountains, the large rice fields and the colourful sunsets I experienced. The dogs in the countryside seem to have permeated my subconscious since I drew many versions of them. The fierce looking creatures in Korean art also make an appearance in these works.
Between 2009 and 2011, I created 17 mosaics. Four of the thumbnail sketches got turned into mosaics at that time and two more sketches were used for a body of mosaic works in 2016-17.
The other six drawings I have created this year are larger and more detailed. They could be called collage drawings since different images have been joined together to suggest a story. They are figurative works done in a realistic and surrealistic way. They are imaginative, revealing my sense of humour as well as some serious topics, such as, remembering the nuclear bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki.
This is my 10th solo exhibition in just 3 years. For the fifth time in this period, I am presenting a new body of work. Come out and enjoy a variety of images
- TED BASCIANO