September 8 - 30, 2017
Studio Series: Vanessa Lam
Gam Gallery is pleased to present a selection of new works by mixed media Vancouver artist Vanessa Lam in our ongoing Studio Series. Her work will be in view beginning the first night of Swarm festival of artist run culture until the end of September 2017. Lam’s works investigate the dynamics of form, space and the unconscious through collage and mixed media painting. She refers to Abstract Expressionism in her work through gesture and automatic painting.
Vanessa Lam investigates the dynamics of form, space and the unconscious through collage and mixed media painting. She refers to Abstract Expressionism in her work through gesture and automatic painting. Her action-oriented process involves a balance between chance and control. Although her mark making may appear random, Vanessa loosely directs paint through the immediacy of her brushwork and use of non-traditional painting tools. This spontaneity translates into her collage process. It engages her to instinctively respond to materials for shape, texture, line and colour. At the same time, the element of juxtaposition in collage allows Vanessa to create contrast through the placement of paint and the variance of her mark making. It is the fluid movement between chance and control that attracts her to examine both disciplines.
From her perspective, painting intuitively opens up the unconscious. It uncovers a space that feels intimate at first yet, through the painting process Vanessa translates the magnitude of its depth. The splashing, exploding and imploding of free-floating forms represent this activation of space with the unconscious. Vanessa continues to experiment with form using parts of old painting sketches in her paper collages. This strange and expressive shape-making relates to the influence of the post-war collages by Dada artist, Hannah Höch. Although collage can often be in opposition of Abstract Expressionism, Vanessa creates a strong dialogue between painting and collage.
Vanessa Lam lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia as a mixed media painter. Her work was selected to be in recent issues of Create Magazine and Uppercase Magazine. Vanessa recently completed a one month residency at Takt Kunstprojektraum Artist Residency in Berlin, Germany. She has also exhibited and sold her work at various community venues and public galleries across the Lower Mainland.