ERIC LOUIE | FINDING A WAY
Eric Louie | Finding A Way
September 9 - 22, 2020
3045 Granville St, Vancouver
Vancouver-based painter Eric Louie’s latest exhibition, Finding A Way, introduces a new series of intimate small-scale works that explore ideas of symbolism and semiotics while delving deeper into a new format for his ongoing consideration of imagined spaces.
In his large-scale canvasses, the artist’s distinct future-forward aesthetic and formalist sensibility emerges from his precariously balanced assemblages — charged with dynamic tension, and rife with colourful shapes — they are at once subject to and defiant of visual gravity. The rich interplay of Louie's forms, shaded with brightly-hued gradients and accented with chrome-like effects, appears both static and in perpetual motion, synthetic-looking yet singularly organic.
With an expanding painterly vernacular inspired by revisiting past works spanning the duration of his practice, Louie's use of symmetry and canonical forms communicate subconscious associations. Ever-present semblances of the familiar, figments of still-lifes, traces of figures and approximations of landscapes emerge from Louie’s evocative compositions, resisting interpretation and beckoning the viewer into the richly layered virtual worlds of his paintings.