Until 22 August 2015, Unix Gallery in New York is hosting a group exhibition entitled “Efflorescence”, bringing together new works by artists Zhuang Hong Yi, Ellen de Meijer, Gavin Rain, and Alexi Torres.
Zhuang Hong Yi is presenting a collection of works mixing Chinese aesthetics and Impressionist-style Western elements. With workshops in Beijing and Amsterdam, this intercultural artist incorporates traditional Chinese motifs such as rice paper and ink with the modern age, fusing contemporary styles with culturally important traditions. De Meijer paints portraits of well-off but fragile families with a vacant look. Armed with digital gadgets or strange objects, these depictions, which contrast tension with pathos, symbolise our obsession with unattainable perfection. According to the Dutch artist, the proliferation of technology has become a dependance and human instincts have increasingly begun to disappear. South-African artist Rain links pointillism with a mix of Russian avant-garde styles from the beginning of the 1990s with digital images. By adopting these different styles, his work aims to simultaneously stimulate the eye and the mind and to create a constant flux of information between the work and the spectator. Finally, the paintings of Alexi Torres are characterised by an exceptional complexity, creating an understanding and a mysterious surprise effect for the spectator. Torres paints leaves, feathers, and other organic materials in order to try and find a balance and harmony with the environment.
Unix Gallery is a contemporary art gallery which represents established and emerging international artists with traditional and contemporary practices. These artists work with varied media, ranging from paintings and sculptures to photographs and to large-scale installations.