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Solo show on view at Paseo Originals Art Gallery

A solo exhibit featuring works by Pavel Wang Yu Tsai is on view through July 28 at the Paseo Originals Art Gallery.
BY JOHN BRANDENBRUG Published: July 15, 2012

A man rises from a manhole in a forest clearing, looking upward to a second manhole, partly open to reveal the starry night sky, in a science fiction-like oil called “Roaming Inside Yourself II.”

More downbeat is the crouching figure in a ruined hovel who follows “The Path of Cognition,” but won't “risk … travel into the unknown,” suggested by a door open to the cosmos behind his back.

Equally intriguing is an oil of two “Players,” bent over a chess game in progress between good and evil, in the sky over a crowd of people's heads whose “destinies are a subject and circumstance of the board.”

Wonderfully macabre and fairy tale-like are his oils of a puppet on strings, gesturing to us as if perplexed by the identity of the “Puppeteer” who created him, and of a dance at the wedding of two sad-looking clowns.

Yu Tsai is a film art director as well as artist who teaches art and belongs to the union of artists and the union of cinematographers in Kyrgyzstan.

The 29 oil paintings on panel and canvas in his show, curated by Paseo Originals gallery director Tony Morton, are highly recommended viewing during its run through July 28.

— John Brandenburg