Yavuz Gallery is excited to return to The Armory Show with a presentation by leading artists from Australia, Singapore and the Philippines including: Abdul Abdullah.
Our presentation celebrates a new generation of artists who are at the vanguard of contemporary painting. Propelling the reinvention of figuration in the Asia-Pacific region, they depict scenes of their friends, lovers, family, and self in scenes that make their everyday through each of their own distinctive visual lexicons. Colourful, humorous and tender, their works traverse themes of vulnerability, intimacy and human resilience, to engage in our current politics of seeing, identity and social issues.
Abdul Abdullah (b. 1986, Australia) engages with the ideas of difference, and the complex disjuncture between stereotypical narratives and our lived experiences. He presents paintings anthropomorphised rocks against detailed landscapes appropriated from stock image banks and then enlivens them with bold emoji faces and humanised gestures in his signature white lines. Developed as portraits of our anxieties, Abdullah imagines these rocks as sentinels that speak to our shared obligation to the land and spaces we exist in.