Joy of a Preverbal Dispenser
by Ian Woo
11 January – 23 February 2020
FOST Gallery is delighted to present the works of painter Ian Woo.
Joy of a preverbal dispenser is an exhibition employing painting as a ‘mental’ device where forms modulate between crevices and haptic spaces. These forms resembling voids andtranslucent surfaces, pulsate throughout each work, resembling screens or structures in the midst of change and transference. Each painting evolves as cognitive time between examples of the pictorial and the object, revealing how a painting is constructed. This can be attested through the artist’s methodical system of negotiating between line and shape in search for cropped perspectives, revealing the instability of memory as an ‘incidental event’. The exhibition title alludes to the moment before description, suggesting the ambiguity and anxiety to the sensation of image making.