Opening Reception Saturday January 11th, 7-10pm
With performance by Stolen Temple Pileup
January 11-February 22, 2014
10 Main st., Gainesville, FL 32601
Forming is a solo exhibition of new works by Sto Len that focuses on water as a central theme within a series of personal sigils, rituals, visions, and chance operations.
These paintings feel like winter days when you look up and wish for the sun but instead see faces in the clouds that begin talking to you. You spill your fresh cup of coffee on your clean white shirt while talking to them (they are bemused) and all of a sudden it looks a whole lot better. The symbols on the wall are hieroglyphics, maps to resuscitate the past and hint the future. Hanging like flags and scrolls, they declare no one country or language but rather a feeling.
Parts of the page splash and crash like cars in black rainstorms, leaving puddles of sumi ink to soak the paper while snake-like lines tie knots and squeeze the blank space dry of all its worth. Layers of lines interweave together like gnarled barbed wire fences or tall radio towers that invite you to climb to the top to check out the view.