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On Squares


"On Squares"
Kee Ip
Painting, drawing, installation
9 February - 9 March, 2019
Reception: Saturday 9 February 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
PRESS RELEASE - for immediate release
Robert Kananaj Gallery brings informed excitement to its journey, by inviting Kee Ip to present his artwork derived directly from an unconventional discipline. Viewing mathematics as ready-made art, functional as sober thought experiments, connected with purity, minimalism, harmony, complexity, order, disorder, this project provides a stage for interventions.
Kee Ip sees his body of work as a visual/spatial realization of interesting mathematical relations, striving to present the order and disorder in mathematics through visual media.
Often referencing mathematical observations in geometry and number theory, Kee's work explores the parallel of mathematical aesthetics and abstract art.  The seemingly intuitive compositions of his paintings, drawings, installations or projections are all based on precise mathematics, very often with an architectural undertone – harking back to his early years in architecture school.
Two projects, 9 Squares and 21 Squares, presented at this show are composed on grids derived from squared squares and rectangles.  Most of these paintings were started in 2017 immediately after his yearly visit to Berlin, which largely informed his choice of colours.  The floating colour/non-colour fields approach or recede in the same way as those experienced when moving through the interior of one of Walter Gropius’s interlocking cubic Meisterhäuser (Dessau, 1925-26). 
K. I. (Kee Ip) holds degrees in architecture and mathematics.  He studied pure mathematics and did his graduate research in algebraic number theory.  He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. The solo exhibition at RKG is his first.