COLLECTION STATEMENT

As to Divide by Zero…

“A painting lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes of the sensitive observer.”  Mark Rothko

The Divide By Zero collection showcases the work of emerging and established artists who are challenging and questioning the fractious world in which we live.

The Collection serves a dual purpose: it is a labor of love, but it is foremost a resource for the curious to learn more about new and exciting painters from across Asia and Europe. Divide By Zero thus pays homage to this wide range of visual artists, many having worked anonymously for years in the hopes of being seen and recognized.

Many years have passed since I, the founder of the Collection, first walked into a museum and experienced artworks that transcended the imagination. I would sometimes spend hours in front of a single painting, absorbing its minutest details to understand its infinite, yet singular moment of creativity. Often it was the smallest narrative, something beyond the concrete, that effected a now permanent fondness for works, artists and the careers that inspired these.

Much like the creative act, the art of collecting also demands thinking outside the box. It requires using one’s instinct to see beyond pure aesthetics. Curating Divide By Zero, consequently, contemplates the absolute totality of followed artist, to finally condense their works into a coherent, unifying collection.

Divide By Zero is therefore a natural progression of a personal journey, culminating in a unique study of work on a group of exciting young and established artists, who are not only using the past to reflect the present, but who might also ultimately shape future that is to come.

Jacobo Garcia Gil, Founder and Director

Hong Kong, 2019