Until August 28th, solo exhibition "Lived & Laughed & Loved & Left" by Guy Yanai at La Montagne Gallery in Boston puts on display a particular kind of relationship between the world observed from digital screens and painting.
Imagine you’re using a microscope to observe a digital image forming on the screen of your pc. Orderly grids of pixels with different colors and luminosity. As automatic as a printer and as imprecise as a muscle, Guy tries to reproduce by hand the digital visualization, re-interpreting photographic material with a single horizontal stroke of the paintbrush.
Mechanical and imperfect at the same time, the process by which he translates from numerical to analog creates an inevitable friction that transfers the pictorial composition into sweetly abstract, spontaneous and yet rigid images.
The tension between opposite elements attracts the gaze, inviting us to reflect on the role of digital screens in influencing our way of looking at the world. Micro and macro, zoom in and zoom out, public vs. private space. The coexistence of contradictory aspects of our ephemeral culture dominated by images are thus revealed in a pictorial (and indelible) representation of scenes from an ordinary life.
The detail of a shoe ("Grass", 2013) opens up a world of colors and vibrations, as does a panoramic view of a bookshelf overflowing with books ("Living Room From The Outside & Therapy", 2012). And what might be seen is even bigger and more elusive than what we actually see.
Photos via guyyanai.tumblr.com