22 November 2020
Dalam Sangkar / Within Square
The exhibition of Within Square presents a selection of Evi Pangestu’s latest works from her series entitled Structure Control (2020-2021). This series of paintings is the result of an investigation on the limitations of painting material power versus painting techniques to achieve the perfect square shape.Each stretcher frame of this work has the addition and subtraction of wooden structure hidden behind the canvas. However, every curve and corner appears here and there as resistance hitting the expanse of the canvas. This single, illuminated grid of neon yellow acrylic paint streaks the entire canvas universe, ensuring that the effects of the shrouded structure do not alter the integrity of the square. The traces of material interaction in this painting series invites us to investigate what is expressed, implied, and hidden in the way we see today which is inevitable from the square-shaped frame.