Final weekend noticed the conclusion of Maya Hayuk‘s Spin Cycle exhibition at Alice Gallery in Brussels. The affect of Hayuk’s historical past, determine and private narrative stand visually proud in her summary compositions: the X’s are evocative of the cross-stitching her grandmother taught her as a toddler, the kaleidoscopic rainbow of colours underscores her sense of queer kinship and the visible engagement of her work displays her lengthy historical past of social activism. However, her use of a number of clear and opaque layers take particular person work far past these singular factors of reference; they’re intertwined with the sensationalized notion of an acid journey, the unbounded punk power of the bands which featured in Maximumrocknroll and an immeasurable variety of different delicate however equally essential influences. This multitude creates one thing which is probably much less harking back to an ecosystem that sustains a residing being and extra harking back to the organism itself.
As a whole physique of labor, Spin Cycle performs extensively with opposing compositions. Nature has knowledgeable each the Beehive and Seaweed collection however in very alternative ways; the previous incorporates all of the ordered, steady geometry that we affiliate with honeycomb, whereas the latter is contrastingly natural, freeform and unstructured. Elsewhere, the Letterform “XYZ” work seem rooted in graffiti tradition however their angularity conflicts playfully with the spherical pink donuts that Hayuk was creating throughout her nascent days portray on the streets across the Bay Space.
Even for an artist know for her vibrant use of color, the brand new works stand out as notably hyper-saturated; for instance, Double X’s On The Y is shot by way of with dazzling yellow and the most popular of pinks. The equally vibrant, and significantly bigger, Pyramid exemplifies the Ukrainian-American artist’s deconstruction of the fallacy of perfection. From a distance, the diagonal strains seem straight and true, however on nearer inspection you’ll be able to see them waiver and reduce by way of with drips from above; it’s in these idiosyncrasies that a lot of the portray’s magnificence and curiosity may be discovered.