Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun at Macaulay Fine Arts

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
APRIL 5 – MAY 4, 2013
Opening:  Thursday April 4 @ 7 pm

Macaulay Fine Art is pleased to present Indian World, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. New abstract and allegorical paintings explore the duality of primitivism in its essence, and Native politics in proximity to colonialism.
Central in the exhibition is “Indian World, My Home and Native Land.” Monumental in scale, Yuxweluptun uses a powerfully energetic palette to depict a melancholy Canadian landscape that speaks to the ongoing dialogue regarding the land rights of First Nations people in Canada. The surreal scene is composed using Coast Salish vernacular, transforming “wilderness” into Native culture.
Yuxweluptun’s abstract paintings, or Ovoidism, possess not only the contemplative ambiguity of colour field painting, but also the detached clarity of vision of hard edge painting. Familiar ideas about modernist painting as purely autonomous are defied, however, by Yuxweluptun’s use of the ‘ovoid’. A central form in Northwest Coast design, the ‘ovoid’ is not free from objective context. These subtle tensions make for a thoughtful and powerful take on the affinities between primitivism and modernism.

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