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A Look Inside "Blues," Po-Yan Tsang's Solo Exhibition

In our second show of 2024, Magnuson Park Gallery presents 17 pieces filled with coastal views, plastic takeout bags, and translucent icebergs, in Po-Yan Tsang’s solo show, Blues.

Sheer Splendor is one of two series featured in this exhibit, including pieces depicting frosty glaciers that live adjacent to pieces displaying the intricate folds of plastic bags, creating a captivating juxtaposition of natural beauty and man-made waste. Po-Yan’s second series in the show is titled Home and is comprised of compositions of ocean waves and coastal vistas.

The title of the show, Blues, not only alludes to the predominant color palette but also serves as a thematic anchor, highlighting Po-Yan's deliberate color choices. Out of a sea of melancholy blues, a bright yellow ducky “floats” on turbulent waves of plastic; Bright blue skies contrast to gray waves on a cloudy day; Subtle purples and greens live in the folds of plastic and walls of glaciers.

The juxtaposition of realistic ocean views with still-life setups of inorganic, single-use plastics, tied together simply through their color schemes, presents questions about the relationship between plastic, the ocean, and home—both to Po-Yan and her audience.

Click below to listen to an interview with Po-Yan Tsang on our podcast, The Magnuson Park Gallery Exchange.

If you want to find Po-Yan and her work, check out her website, her Instagram, or Equinox Studios' monthly art walk every 2nd Saturday, from 5-9 PM.

Blues is on view March 7 - April 20, 2024. The gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12-3 PM, or by appointment. Join us on every Third Thursday of the month for an Artist Talk, where an RVSP can be made here. Visit The Magnuson Park Gallery in Building 30 West at Magnuson Park (7448 63rd Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115).

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