OBJECT / OBJECT, A VIRTUAL EXHIBITION OF SYRIAN-BORN SWEDISH ARTIST JWAN YOSEF’S PAINTINGS, WALL RELIEFS AND HAND KNOTTED RUGS
Jwan Yosef’s works explore both formalism and autobiographical themes, with a conceptual undertaking that queers the principles of modernist aesthetics. Yosef’s tactical use of abstraction serves opportunities to release entendres and challenge viewers to break from passive gazes towards a plurality of perspectives.
Whether fixating on the materiality or language of an object, Yosef’s inspirations draw from the potentialities of states of being. The core of this fixation engages a reexamining of functions, routines and expectations of artistic gestures, materials and their interpreted values. Yosef invites the vernacular of everyday materials to a re-thinking of possibilities—a poetic exercise that extracts the many metaphors and biases society projects on familiar effects. The potency of Yosef’s endeavors ultimately refines a poignant and lucid reminder of our own relationships and interpretations of the everyday world and each other.
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Architectural Digest, 2021 – By Rima Suqi
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Images: Jwan Yosef portrait (Los Angeles, 2021), rugs in-situ; Masking, 2018 and Duct, 2018.
JWAN YOSEF, Object, 2018, Oil on linen, 188 x 132 cm / 74 x 52 in