Guy Yanai's fragmented stripes are paralleled by thick, vivid colors and banal subjects. "Ancienne Rive," meaning ancient river, calls upon ideas of history, authenticity, and something with deep roots, which contradicts the artist's self proclaimed feelings of loneliness, foreign alienation and the notion of being both nowhere and everywhere.
This sentiment is a result of Yanai having spent time in numerous countries and not feeling a particular connection to a geographic location. However, as noted by Yanai, "nowhere has so many advantages, [one is] able to grab and steal from everything."
The commonplace subjects depicted in the artist's work directly reflect his idea of being rootless. Classical themes of landscape and still life are re-imagined in this new body of work and allow Yanai's vision to be both relatable and discernible to the viewer. Everyday subjects suggest that he is disenchanted by the throwaway nature of modern day society. Yet, there is a beauty in the simplicity and naiveté to his paintings.
Tension exists between every stripe as one coat of paint is used, leaving small areas of raw canvas. Each stripe is critical to the work's success. The seemingly mechanical nature of Yanai's paintings is misleading as the more time spent with the work, the more there is to discover.
at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York until 14 August 2015.