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Group show

18th May - 2nd July 2024

1 Soi Mahadlek-Luang 3, Rajdamri Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand, 10330 

Orbital reflects on the aesthetic and symbolic dimensions of the moon and moonlight. The included works wax and wane in continuous vacillation, propelled by the blind and driven forces of the seasonal and emotional. Focusing on phases of transformation, they capture the inevitable, fleeting, and mercurial, at once embodying solitude and communion, or dream and reality. Brought together in a sweeping cycle in the gallery, these paintings form their own recurrent rhythm of time, acting as testaments to what changes yet returns again and again.

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A Crimson Night in Silent Spring installation shot

A Crimson Night in Silent Spring installation shot

Red Moon by the Lake installation shot

Red Moon by the Lake installation shot

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Debut solo show

9th November 2023 - 18th January 2024
PM/AM Gallery, 37 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DR

 

In the tapestry of fate a glimmer beckoned in the shadows, a sword ablaze with icy light. With a whispering breeze the young androgyne approached, aflame with purpose, and grasped the blade. "A knight", it whispered, as if destiny's decree. With fiery zeal they stood, their spirit soaring, envisioning the blade's triumph over darkness. Time, that silent navigator of destiny's tides, revealed the weight of the sword, the armour melded to his life. "Knight" became their essence. When the wind rose, the young knight would recall the ethereal dream, their spirit untethered, their form liberated from the weight of armour, fleeting and free once more. Yet in their life, unbeknownst to them, fate had silently etched its toll into every choice. - Yage Guo

 

The Sword suite in tarot links to thought, intellect, beliefs, attitudes, and consciousness, aligning with the elusive element of air and embodying an unseen yet forceful, masculine energy. Yage's inspiration is rooted in the essence of the Swords, her engagement weaving itself into the exhibition's construction. As A.E. Waite once said, "The true tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs." 

 

Within these paintings Yage sketches the young androgynous knight from her written prologue, presenting a series of narratives that symbolically depict a person's connection with the self, objects, and the external world. The knight's story opens contemplation on themes of individualism, romanticism and queerness. The show is grouped into three sections: The Beginning, The Present, and The Future, each embodied by one of three flower paintings. Chrysanthemum Dreams, an inception akin to Lin Daiyu's prophecy in the Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber, foretells an allegory of one's own fantastical emotions, steeped in prophetic echoes. The Striped Carnation marks the present, a juncture to gaze back upon, an ode to an anonymous love tale. The Fig symbolises the obscured future, distinct from other blossoms, hinting at maturity.

 

Across this body of work various elements move in and out of focus - objects of importance, characters, locations that could represent psychological states as much as geographical places. Aligning these is a notion of human transformation, of the body and the spirit. In the work The Performance of A Knight, a figure emerges, their identity and basic personal narrative held at a distance. When embodying a role an individual's persona becomes fragmented, their portrayal of a character shaped by societal empowerment and definition.

 

The numerous layers of Yage’s work are abounded here. The young figure is fragile yet passionate. They are adorned with symbols of power and perseverance: armour for protection, a sword for assertion, further unveiling a corner of Yage’s imaginative world. We can lean into the framework of this mythical person to recall our own life experiences, and those of others. We too face challenges, we too waved the sword to cut off the thorns. Overcoming them is adaptation, growth and understanding the hardships that this entails - for muscle to build it first has to break. 

 

The figure contemplating this is of non-binary gender, and their armour is reconstructed with the features of ancient male and female armour designs. It appears flowing, its metallic undulation akin to a dress caught in a strong breeze. The ambiguity of the androgynous figure aligns with Yage's aesthetic preferences, drawing from her fascination for 80s and 90s Japanese Shojo manga. The artwork challenges the patriarchal gaze on gender classification, inviting a fantastical embrace of the notions of "femininity" and "masculinity".

 

Fantasy bridges the historical to now, to the modern day. Recognising the visual tropes of history within the increasing complications of life in the present, Yage works across these interlocking territories, bringing the ageless symbols of one into the fervent contemporaneity of another. An hourglass appears to depict the passage or perhaps this blending of time. In the blue tranquil space of Contemplation we witness a solitary youth caught in a calm, inward observation under the moon, surrounded by morning glories. Vines weave their way out of an arched structure towards the sky, an emancipation. This is a solitary moment of self-reflection and significant self-transition. The show finishes with empty armour left in the grip of vines, the young knight departed from their present role, perhaps towards an ultimate destiny.

 

From youth to adulthood, we transform. From vulnerable children we become towering, intelligent adults, collecting experiences and overcoming obstacles. Our sense of self multiplies, the spiritual and astral counterparts activating themselves. What centrally characterises Yage’s paintings is an honest depiction of the sentiments and experiences of these developments, their contrasting moments of fear and doubt; of euphoria and exultation. 

Text written by Daniel Mackenzie

Installation View

Installation View

Installation 1, Whistle of the Destiny

Installation 1, Whistle of the Destiny

Installation 2, Ace of Sword in the Dark Haze

Installation 2, Ace of Sword in the Dark Haze

Installation 3,  The Revelation of Knight & The Dream of Chrysanthemum

Installation 3, The Revelation of Knight & The Dream of Chrysanthemum

Installation 4, The Performance of Knight

Installation 4, The Performance of Knight

Installation 5, Hidden Blade & Hourglass

Installation 5, Hidden Blade & Hourglass

Installation 6, The Nameless Love in Life & Leap out of My World

Installation 6, The Nameless Love in Life & Leap out of My World

Installation 8, The Obscured Blossom

Installation 8, The Obscured Blossom

Installation 9, Contemplation

Installation 9, Contemplation

Installation 10, Return to dust

Installation 10, Return to dust

Duo show between Yage Guo & Bo Sun

​27th April - 27th May 2023

Sherbet Green Gallery, Unit 1, 2 Treadway Street, London, E2 6QW

Biomorphic forms and petals catching first light. The work of Bo Sun and Yage Guo meets at the point of the natural sublime; a symbolic reckoning at the moment of confrontation between humans and all other nature. While Guo wields linen-cradled flora set in the soft exposure of the atmosphere’s imposing light, Sun constructs techno-futurist skeletons, clad with bluebells and pastel-coloured plastics evoking gelatinous flesh. The works metamorphose from prehistoric, to post-anthropogenic, to supernatural, articulating a reflection on and reverence for structural design in nature and across industry.


Guo observes flowers and plants as subjects, reforming them through a sentimental process of transformation, often using this repeated process as a way to bridge the gap between urban existence and nonhuman nature. Sun’s process is colder, more mechanical. He appropriates shapes such as the moth, cutting them into perspex and aluminium to exact a kind of invasion; a type of mark making that inserts biological patterns into structural engineering and robotics. The sharp edges of Sun’s forms, often evoking mirrored or concrete architectural cityscapes, contrast the breathtaking, fleeting instances that inspire Guo, exacting a play of hard and soft that moves in the philosophical space between the earthly and the cosmological; between day and night.

At Dawn, Sherbet Green, 2023, Installation view: Yage Guo & Bo Sun

At Dawn, Sherbet Green, 2023, Installation view: Yage Guo & Bo Sun

At Dawn, Sherbet Green, 2023, Installation view: Yage Guo & Bo Sun

At Dawn, Sherbet Green, 2023, Installation view: Yage Guo & Bo Sun

Installation View: Morning Devotion & The Invitation of the Night

Installation View: Morning Devotion & The Invitation of the Night

Installation View: White Orchid & The Illusion of Datura

Installation View: White Orchid & The Illusion of Datura

Installation View: The Invitation of the Night

Installation View: The Invitation of the Night

Installation View: Morning Devotion

Installation View: Morning Devotion

Installation View: The Illusion of Datura

Installation View: The Illusion of Datura

Installation View: White Orchid

Installation View: White Orchid

Group show

1st March - 15th April 2023
Herald St | 2 Herald St, London, E2 6JT

A Gauzy Flame, featuring new works by Yage Guo, Esteban Jefferson, Poppy Jones, Cole Lu, and Paula Siebra. United by a muted colour palette, the pieces on view tell stories of myths and monuments, flashes of beauty in domestic settings, and memories of heat. The exhibition, titled after a lyrical and sensory fragment by Sappho, will take place in the gallery’s East London premises and marks the Herald St debut for all included artists. Hailing from London, New York, rural Sussex, and northern Brazil, they question historic tenets of painting, offering fresh plays on traditional subjects and mediums. Blurry and burning, fleeting and timeless, the works in A Gauzy Flame radiate with a hazy, emotive power.

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Yage Guo’s paintings find inspiration in legends and literature. In her recent output, she depicts scenes steeped in melancholy from medieval tales of heraldry and novels such as Albert Camus’ L’étranger. Androgynous figures emerge in incandescent silhouettes cast against jet black grounds, seemingly lost in thought. Guo’s work is characterised by an ethereality, portraying visions which are at once softly blurred and sharply focused. Set within romantic backdrops of stained-glass windows and fields of forget-me-nots, her new paintings are imbued with an oneiric and palpable atmosphere. Guo inserts her own emotions into her work, charging them with ephemeral memories.

Text written by Émilie Streiff

(Full text: http://www.heraldst.com/a-gauzy-flame)

A Gauzy Flame, Herald St, 2023, Installation View: Yage Guo and Cole Lu

A Gauzy Flame, Herald St, 2023, Installation View: Yage Guo and Cole Lu

Yage Guo works installation

Yage Guo works installation

The Eyes of Moon  2022  Oil on canvas  50.6 x 40.5 cm / 19.9 x 15.9 in

The Eyes of Moon 2022 Oil on canvas 50.6 x 40.5 cm / 19.9 x 15.9 in

Magic Mirror  2022  Oil on linen  50.6 x 45.7 cm / 19.9 x 18 in

Magic Mirror 2022 Oil on linen 50.6 x 45.7 cm / 19.9 x 18 in

The Eyes of Moon  2022  Oil on canvas  50.6 x 40.5 cm / 19.9 x 15.9 in

The Eyes of Moon 2022 Oil on canvas 50.6 x 40.5 cm / 19.9 x 15.9 in

A Gauzy Flame, Herald St, 2023, Installation View: Poppy Jones and Cole Lu

A Gauzy Flame, Herald St, 2023, Installation View: Poppy Jones and Cole Lu

A Gauzy Flame, Herald St, 2023, Installation View: Paula Siebra and Cole Lu

A Gauzy Flame, Herald St, 2023, Installation View: Paula Siebra and Cole Lu

A Gauzy Flame, Herald St, 2023, Installation View: Esteban Jefferson, Cole Lu and Yage Guo

A Gauzy Flame, Herald St, 2023, Installation View: Esteban Jefferson, Cole Lu and Yage Guo

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