Retro Fusion’s exhibition features the collaborative works of Anna Jardine and Darrell Ng’s. The theme derives from Pop Art movements led by Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Rauschenberg under Leo Castelli. It’s inspired by their collaborative genre: a small retrospective on them and post-contemporary artists.
The UAL students have exalted a modern-day bona fide to hang on the gallery walls, hinting at the familiar industrial atmosphere that surrounds us. Medium is rearranged to appreciate legendary previous forms of tradition whilst renovating them into something that battles our understanding of present-day communication. Retro Fusion consists of predominantly large scale canvases, exploring ideas of movement in both painting, screenprint and photography. The series is astonishingly open: striking explosions of paint are calculated with technical influences, offering strengthened delicacy. Bold surfaces grant the artists professionalism to oscillate with experimentation and play.
The introduction to photography sought within their inspired movements and exhibitions is something they are building upon with their up to date knowledge of how photography can be interchangeable within traditional fine art practices.Perhaps others may have deemed it to be impossible to create, yet this exhibition proves that the two ideas combined, performed by two young upcoming artists, can conjure a transgressive emission of human activity, embodied by formality that provides brilliant reinforcement.
Anna Jardine is an abstract painter whose artwork involves visualisations of her thoughts, writing, humour, hope, experiences, and more. It is a process of reflecting and revealing the core of an individual’s history without going back, and seeing the beauty of it, whatever memories lay there. Her intention is to build personal experience through her work by conveying what people need to learn about themselves. She hopes that in time, her art will eradicate the fear we find within.
Darrell Ng is a Hong Kong painter whose work plays with the refraction of light. His art genre is a fusion of minimalism and impressionism. He invokes art historical precedents that range from traditional chinese ink splash painting to the spiral dots of vincent van gogh, to the intuitive mark-making of abstract expressionism. When light is reflected on Ng’s circular brushstrokes, it transforms and transmutes the layers of circles.