Silas Inoue: Wellness

15 November – 21 December 2013

Wellness is often associated with luxurious forms of relaxation such as spa, massage and cosmetic care. And in addition the term is also used to describe alternative medicine, Yoga, Mindfulness and various New Age movements.

Based on this ambiguity Silas Inoue has created a body of new works for his exhibition, where values and meanings dissolve in favor of a pictorial play with different associations and references – from spiritual notions, to more conventional aspects of modern life, such as consumption, economics and stress.

Silas Inoue’s Wellness consists of sculptures, paintings and drawings, in which several layers of acrylic paint, watercolor and pencil form a coherent and colorful expression. From a heavy blackness to a light pastel the works shimmer between night and day, dream and reality. Cosmetic products transform into cosmic objects, and economic graphs become euphotic imagery. These are complemented by a rippling sound from a fountain, where water runs in a continuous journey through geometric and organic shapes. The fountain interacts in the exhibition with a clinical installation of the works, which underpins an atmosphere of a spa and hot tub experience.

Small cracks and other sights into Inoue’s idiosyncrasies seems however to appear in this polished surface, whereby the works constantly alternate between a minimalist tranquility and an expressionistic ferocity, in an ambiguous logic stemming from an unspecified space between order and chaos.

Silas Inoue (b. 1981 DK) graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 2010 with studies at Jan Matejki, Academy of Fine Art, Krakow 2008-2009, and at Osaka Seikei University, Japan 2007-2008.

Through a diverse artistic practice consisting of drawings, painting, sculpture and large-scale installation, Inoue’s works mainly evolve around the intangible sides of life, such as dreams, spiritual notions, and neglected phenomena’s – thus it is often a fascination of ”the Other” that influence Inoue’s work. Inoue is adding the use of materials and objects from everyday life to this pictorial universe to dissolve values and meanings, and to identify new ways to understand the structures that surround us.

Exhibition review: TH: Wellness i galleriet, Kunsten.nu