Jolene Lai's "Beside You" @ Thinkspace 02/04-02/25

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Postby mfaith on Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:04 pm

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Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 4 from 6-9PM

Thinkspace is pleased to present new works by Jolene Lai in her third solo exhibition with the gallery, Beside You. Known for her narrative paintings in which characters are caught somewhere between dream and dread, Lai reimagines archetypal stories drawn from myth, Chinese folklore, and fairytale and transforms them into surreal compositions. By combining the uncanny with familiar scenes and contexts from the everyday, Lai arrests our imaginations in a state of suspended disbelief. Her world is full of contrasts, extended metaphors, disorienting manifestations of fantasy, and hallucinatory dreamscapes weaved into otherwise familiar settings. In Beside You, Lai explores a progression of childhood scenes gone strangely awry, where the imagery is both whimsical and increasingly phobic. The playful naiveté of the children’s story ebbs into an ever encroaching sense of darkness and ends, entangled, in shadowy linings.
Born in Singapore and now based in Los Angeles, Lai studied graphic design and began her career designing movie posters. She eventually decided to pursue her fine art practice exclusively, exhibiting solo for the first time in 2012. Lai works primarily in oil on canvas and mixed media on watercolor paper to create beautifully chromatic works, densely populated with characters and haunted by ambiguous stories. Devised to be freely read by the viewer, Lai stages compelling, and at times puzzling, scenes that lead us down the proverbial rabbit hole. In BesideYou Lai begins with the familiar as a point of entry into the work, whether it be a domestic interior or an urban setting, and then allows the illogical progress of fantasy to overcome the conventions of reality.
Lai is inspired by everything from mythologies, Asian culture, and children’s stories, to fashion editorials, cityscapes, and illustration. She is always seeking new “sets” and stages for her characters and their outlandish encounters. Aesthetically, her work combines the beautiful and the grotesque with the quiet and the excessive in fluid and unexpected ways, just as innocence in her imagery tends to be shadowed by the suggestion of something sinister or dark. Her previous work has included strangely faceted, marionette-like figures, faceless characters, doubles, automatons, and stylized doll-like girls. Her imagery remains universally accessible in its psychologically motivated nuance.
Beside You is a world of melancholic nostalgia in which a little girl can as easily dissolve into candy as she can laugh amidst a city invasion of monster octopi. Here, a house fills with water as a quiet onlooker observes the descent of the drowned, and a carousel horse bursts through an otherwise ordinary domestic interior. There are no impediments to the possible here; it is a world unhinged from plausibility and law. When we look at Lai’s work in Beside You, we are asked to project, to infer, and to create stories, to draw from the trappings of our own memories. A mirror to our fantasies and subconscious, Lai’s work pulls us into the thick.








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Postby mfaith on Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:31 pm

Pretty remarkable body of work. Did anyone put in for anything?
Working on adding the show pieces to the DB now.
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Postby mfaith on Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:08 am

mfaith wrote:Working on adding the show pieces to the DB now.

I finished this up earlier. You can find all of Jolene's pieces from the show here: http://expressobeans.com/public/search. ... =15&page=1
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Postby bulkhead72 on Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:45 am

Super excited for this show! :clap:
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Postby RambosRemodeler on Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:25 am

I want prints of Cacophony and Dialogue
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Postby HungryFace on Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:37 pm

Love her work, and good news on the print front:

Jolene Lai
'Cacophony'
Edition of 25
16x20 inches (40.6x50.8cm)
Fine art print on 290gsm paper
Signed and numbered by the artist
Printed by Static Medium

$60 each

Available TONIGHT during the opening reception from 6-9PM.

In-person sales only at this time.

No phone or online sales. We will share the details for the online drop early next week via our mailing list and social networks.


These will be snapped up quickly, I imagine. I'll be on the lookout for one!

Enjoy the show, anyone luckily enough to be going!
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Postby mfaith on Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:43 pm

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Postby bulkhead72 on Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:39 am

Absolutely wonderful show! Jolene showcased an impressive body of work here - dreamlike, dark, yet whimsical.

I spent a good amount of time admiring each of these pieces - love her color palette and imagination. Definitely one to keep a close eye on.

The last photo was taken 15 minutes into the show. Like most Thinkspace shows, it got more packed as the night progressed.

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Postby HungryFace on Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:12 am

I am very envious...

Those are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
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Postby dodgers77 on Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:06 pm

HungryFace wrote:I am very envious...

Those are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


Appreciate the picks :clap:
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Postby aibohphobia on Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:44 am

Pretty incredible body of work. Was glad to be able to attend the opening.
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