Debut exhibition of visual artist Myoshka. A collection of monochrome screen prints that combine optical art, ancient symbolism and modern technology.
Born in 1978 to an English father and Singaporean mother, the mix of Eastern and Western cultures has a significant influence on Myoshka’s life and work. Geometry, patterns and optical effects are his primary concerns and he works with these across a variety of media. The screen prints presented in this exhibition are designs Myoshka and followersv of his work, have tattooed on their bodies. The choice of silkscreen printing as the medium for these prints infers the importance of the human element in their production.
Myoshka’s oeuvre is driven by balance and contrast. The artist re-appropriates symbols and sacred geometric shapes from religious contexts such Buddhism and Islam. For each element of Myoshka’s work, one finds its opposite closely integrated: he explores the interaction between negative and positive, the dialogue between light and dark and the tension between disruption and harmony.
The patterns have a powerful optical effect. In each work a core symbol or element is appropriated and mastered by the artist. He coerces the geometry into compositions by taking the elements, repeating, distorting and interlocking them, subtly adjusting each repetition until it transmutes from positiveto negative. In some works we see the suggestion of dimensionality but this is elusive and never revealed explicitly. Even with careful analysis and understanding of the transformations employed by the artist, the patterns are mesmerizing and defy comprehension.
Myoshka is covert about how his personal beliefs correlate to the symbolism he utilises. “All of the patterns already exist in so many different ways, I just connect the dots.” He concedes that creating these intricate, highly detailed patterns and forms is meditative process. One suspects that he is drawn to the power of the symbols and relates to them in a complex manner. Given the eastern and western combination of his nationality, and the fact that many of these patterns are tattooed on his body, it is fair to assume that they are highly personal.