Conceptual artist Jwan Yosef (b. 1984, Syria) has worked in Stockholm, London and Los Angeles. Yosef holds a Master of Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins, London (2011), a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Konstfack, Stockholm (2009), and has exhibited extensively internationally. The works of Yosef's queer modernist principles of abstraction critically interpose the activities of concealing and revealing. Yosef’s examination of the many power constructs behind representational imagery spans from the nostalgic qualities of old family photos to iconic imagery circulated through collective memories. The ubiquity of images and their hidden agendas and signifiers are vital concepts in today’s culture of mediated images. Yosef’s tactical use of abstraction serves opportunities to release entendres and challenge viewers to break from passive gazes towards a plurality of perspectives.

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"'A Study for Touch' continues an examination of the material values and structures that shape an anatomy of painting as well as the psychological properties underpinning the conceptual construction of images. These portrait studies are distinctively marked by a progression of actions— figures are retained amid vigorous expression with movement further emphasized by strong sweeping contours, boldly highlighting the artist’s hand in a performance of brush strokes. My creative process is further underscored by an enlargement of the paintings’ gestures, grisaille underpainting, and the rugged grid of the canvas—giving prominence to the physical presence of the painting by amplifying the surfaces often made invisible through the act of reading an image over considering its material make up. Through the considered cropping of the figures’ contexts, everyday gestures can be read as simple as breath, or as complicated as passion. While the figures convene with the varying situations outside of the images’ abrupt edges, a new agency of real-time contact extends beyond the frame. 'A Study For Touch' invigorates a relationship to possibilities further marked by individual interpretations and relationships to figures, space, contexts, and each other."

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