TAG NEW EXHIBITION | Orbiting
At this August of midsummer, the best season for traveling has come to Qingdao, where the sky and ocean reflect each other and the red tiles of local architecture hiding in the verdant trees.
TAG Art Museum is pleased to present “Orbiting”, the first institutional solo exhibition in Asia of American painter Hilary Pecis, from August 12th to December 10th, 2023. Comprised of new paintings and loans from renowned individual and institutional collections around the world, this exhibition will feature 20-plus works created within the past 5 years. This is Hilary Pecis’s first solo exhibition ever held in a Chinese art museum, she offers this city a breath of cozy summer breeze with passionate colors.
Hilary Pecis lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. Interior still-life and landscape views are recurring motifs in Pecis’ works. From her daily life and surroundings, Pecis extracts her painted views with a touch of candid subjectivity and the sensible. Though still-life and landscape are two of the most conventional compositions in art history, Pecis adeptly manages the ties of her works with the historicity of painting while highlighting her own keen observations of the fluid and symbiotic relationship between privacy and the public in the modern world. The prototypes for Pecis' interiors mainly come from her own house or the residences of her friends. Sitting rooms, dining tables, books, sofas, wallflowers, pets, florals — these objects harboring individual emotions and belonging construct, through flattened patterns, a “portrait” where people are absent. Through the absence of men and the looseness of states between objects, Pecis invites her viewers into the eternity present in fleeting moments. At the same time, Pecis’ works provide an alternative sort of “capturing” of LA views encountered on walks, runs, and errands — not a representation of spectacle through the lens of a mobile phone but the reconstruction of her own eyes. Her subjects are very much ordinary, even mundane, but she draws out sensuality through the crevices in between, and in doing so, opens up a door not only to views but to minds.
Pecis’ spaces, views, and objects are repeated to the point where they blend together, losing their distinctness. But repetition also breeds familiarity, creating a space where the heart comfortably resides. By compiling vibrant colors and intricate patterns, Pecis brings forth a merging of public and private spaces. In ordinaries, she structures the tangible into a place where her spiritual world is outlined, gleaming effusively with the joy and serenity of life.
Pecis’ works is so full of vitality, they form intertextuality with the surroundings of TAG, conveying a new dimension and perspective for viewing cities, spaces, and art.