My art is meant to be both thought-provoking and meditative. I draw inspiration for my concepts primarily from Conceptual Art, Traditional Chinese landscape painting, linguistics, philosophy (such as phenomenology), cognitive science and artificial intelligence, calligraphy, and street art.
I paint "color compositions" like gradients because I enjoy seeing colors in different combinations and seeing the effects it has on the mind and emotions. My favorite pieces can sometimes lead to meditative states. I also collaborate with Angel Marquez, who makes music and sounds. When experienced together our work can have interesting effects.
My favorite painting process has the most parallels with Chinese calligraphy, writing, and dance. Instead of adding layers slowly to a surface, I practice over and over again until the final performance, the result of which is the final piece. With the same irreversibility as ink on paper, paint on a prepared wall, or a performance before an audience, I use aerosol cans to paint onto canvas or paper. When I make mistakes I have only two choices: leave it as it is, or redo the whole thing. Just as with the performance arts, my best work happens when I am both prepared from repeated practice, and also when my mind and body are relaxed and confident enough to let my eyes and hands do the work they have been trained to do.
More recently I have begun the process of collaborating with a philosopher to make visual art that captures major themes in Western philosophy in order to expose a wider and younger audience to the questions that philosophers have been wondering about since ancient times. I am also in the process of developing ideas for large-scale mural art.
I write mini-essays to express my thoughts about art, societal issues, language, meaning, music, and philosophy.
I find and comment on things I find relevant to my art at gigiying.tumblr.com.
You can also see more of my work on my Instagram account: @frankloveandsons
My website is www.gigiying.com