This is the first solo show by the Chinese artist with Ivorypress gallery.
Several years ago, amorphous accumulations of discarded plastic began to appear in Michael Chow’s paintings. These unruly shapes that seem to have a life of their own are the artist’s representation of the Pacific Vortex. For this exhibition he has harnessed the vocabulary of abstract painting to confront one of the world’s most pressing ecological problems.
Among the artworks on show, the artist presents a representation of “The Pacific Vortex“, or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is an immense mass of discarded plastic, chemical sludge, and other debris that covers a vast area of the North Pacific Ocean. The artwork sees the fusion of Asian, European, and American approaches to abstract painting to create a resonant image of our environmental crisis.
- Michael Chow, 2017. Courtesy of Ivorypress