HONG KONG: RONALD VENTURA & WIM DELVOYE AT GALERIE PERROTIN
Opening today at Galerie Perrotin in Hong Kong is a beautiful joint show of new works by renowned Filipino painter Ronald Ventura and metal sculptor Wim Delvoye. While the respective artists differ totally in both style and choice of subject matter, the two find common ground in their inherent attention to detail and complexity of rendering—the true common theme of the exhibition.
While it would be very easy to slip into "artspeak" mode and prattle on about the artist's influences and technique at this point, suffice it to say, Ventura creates gorgeous, dense paintings in the style of the old masters, layered with color and minutia, while Delvoye excels at fabricating both flowing abstract forms and hyper-detailed complex structures out of aluminum and bronze that complement one another in their opposition.
Seen together, it's a truly gorgeous and remarkably cohesive body of work with Ventura's huge-scale painted flower skulls and Delvoye's aluminum "Twisted Dump Truck" sculpture as the rightful centers of attention. If you're luck enough to be in Hong Kong, don't miss it.
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