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About the Exhibition

Weinstein Gallery is honored to announce Plasma, a solo exhibition by the young urban icon DALeast, on view from March 18–April 22, 2017. Following 14 months of travel across Nepal, India, and Bali, this much-anticipated exhibition features new paintings from the transcendental artist the Wall Street Journal recently named one of the “Top Ten Urban Artists to Collect Now.”

Plasma is the second in a series of solo exhibitions for DALeast and follows his 2014 show Laten Photon at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York. Once again, the artist uses a scientific property combined with a spiritual element to challenge both the artist and the observer to explore the infinite concept of nature in the impermanence of form, and the form of impermanence.

Plasma literally means “moldable substance.” These electrically charged particles are unbound in nature, but at the same time, they are not truly ‘free’ as their current form is based on their experience of the surrounding environment. This state of matter is the most abundant and common in the universe, yet it is not naturally found on the Earth. Instead, it is associated with the sun and interplanetary space, traveling on a solar wind or extending to distant stars in interstellar and intergalactic space.

These complexities of an ever-changing element—seemingly small and yet without the confinement of scale, continually evolving in a moment that is both coming and going—find visual voice in the intricately executed paintings of the current exhibition. Composed of seemingly infinite individual fragments and shaped further by a celestial labyrinthine of color, these works initially may appear to combine into the recognizable forms of birds and beasts. However, if observed again, one might witness a shamanistic-like shapeshifting, as what seems to be present in one instant dissolves and materializes into something beyond the physical. The artist explores in this work the cycle of life and death as well as the changing rhythm in the natural existence. The paintings are both construction and deconstruction of physical form and its subtle layers, based on the specific condition and emotions of the viewer. DALeast’s cosmic flocks and ethereal man/beasts reveal a multilayered, ever-evolving experience, beckoning beyond what the eye and mind can see to elicit the primal and poetic beauty of impermanence in a dream-like reality.

DALeast photo by Anthony Taylor
DALeast photo by Anthony Taylor

About the Artist

Born in 1984 in Wuhan, China, DALeast began making art at the very young age of three. In 2004, he started creating art in public spaces and left his classical studies at the Institute of Fine Art in 2008 to pursue and continue practicing his art in different mediums and spaces. He has since become one of the most respected and prolific urban artists, creating murals in 50 countries across the globe.

In his own words, he is “currently a human … and is inspired by the way the material world revolves, how the spiritual world unfolds, life’s emotions and the infinite space within us.”