Paul Chang’s “Transformation” opened on Thursday, February 06, 2020, at 7:00pm, with an introduction by Dan Dickhof, Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) (also on Facebook), Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo, Suriname. The exhibition may be visited during the regular opening hours until February 29, 2020 (Mondays through Fridays, 8:00am to 4:30pm, and Saturdays, 8:30am to 1:30pm.)
Description: The first large solo exhibition in Readytex Art Gallery (RAG) for 2020 is the exhibition of visual artist Paul Chang named Transformation. The last time this artist – who has been living in Florida in the US, for many years – exhibited in Suriname, was in 2013. Now, almost seven years later, Paul Chang is once again eager to share his latest works with the art loving public in his country of birth, Suriname. And as the title of the exhibition clearly suggests, his art has indeed undergone a transformation.
To those familiar with the work of Paul Chang, the transformation is certainly visible. But the artist himself has also gone through a bit of a transformation. In his recent works Paul Chang detaches himself from the acquirements of the academy and chooses an imagery that is much more abstract. He gives in to a liberating process of change that influences his compositions, his use of form and his colors. “Since the figurative was of no importance here, it gave me the freedom to depict my inspiration in a more natural and intuitive manner”, says the artist.
That freedom is almost palpable in the work. Cheerful colors and organic shapes come to life on the canvas, in seemingly random compositions. Still, the artist’s characteristic signature remains recognizable. And the transformation has no influence on the effect that his work has always had on the viewer. Because regardless of your mood or mindset, the art works of Paul Chang still have the undeniable capacity to instill a small moment of cheer, of peace and positive thoughts. That is not really strange, because just like before nature is still the most important source of inspiration to the artist. And some of the freer and more abstract objects in his visual imagery – in some works more than in others – do still closely resemble elements from nature. “Because I consistently use organic shapes, there is a certain relationship with shapes found in nature”, explains the artist. The result is an exhibition containing a beautiful collection of giclée prints on canvas, each individually enhanced with acrylic paint.