Flatland

Both Alice Browne and Guy Yanai take on the canvas as a large experiment to challenge the rules of gravity and perspective. They use the power of forms, suggesting how we give human-constructed values and measurements to natural experiences. In the work of Alice Browne, elementary issues, such as our relationship to the earth, the aspect of discovery, or the meaning of property, all come up. Guy Yanai uses simplified forms to minimize depth. Structured in meticulously layered horizontal blocks or stripes, Yanai’s linear manner, with its brightly coloured surfaces and shallow depth of field, is redolent of contemporary image systems. Neither artist lives in rectangles, but sees painting as a literal act of building a unique universe.

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