Moving Mountains 磊 New works by Boo Sze Yang巫思遠, Chiew Sien Kuan趙善君 and Tay Bak Chiang郑木彰 Preview: Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018, 7pm Exhibition: 18 Jan - 4 Feb 2018 Venue: 8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall, #02-01
Moving Mountains 磊
New works by Boo Sze Yang巫思遠, Chiew Sien Kuan趙善君 and Tay Bak Chiang郑木彰
Preview: Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018, 7pm
Exhibition: 18 Jan – 4 Feb 2018
Venue: 8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall, #02-01 & 03. Singapore 039802.
Boo Sze Yang. Shifting Ground #2, 2017, 34 x 44 cm, oil on primed watercolour paper
This exhibition will feature a small collection of paintings and sculptural works by 3 artists who have worked consistently for over 2 decades forging a personal and distinctive artistic vision.
The environment where the artists live has a direct impact on their senses, their emotions, their relationships with nature and wider culture. Singapore is an island city-state constantly in a state of construction and renewal. The notion of development and progress has given rise to a long-standing dilemma regarding solutions on modern living and the impact it has on the natural environment. The works in this exhibition attempt to capture nature, not only as they experience it – magnificent, enchanting, unpredictable – but that the reality in nature lies within a state of randomness.
Boo Sze Yang’s recent series of monochromatic paintings conjures a natural world gradually dissected and displaced by urban development. This series of painting are constructed via a process of moving, marking, and shifting wet paint across a surface, balancing on the edge of recognition and abstraction to create dreamlike images where meaning is constantly shifting, and interpretation becomes multifaceted.
Chiew Sien Kuan’s works are commentaries on the issues of modernity and rapid urbanisation that affect people’s sense of being, creating altered states of mind. His work is preoccupied with issues of environmentalism, renewal, loss of urban spaces, economic progress and technological development that have inevitably influenced and changed people’s sense of reality. His sculptures are characterised by the use of found objects sourced over a period of time sometimes 10 – 15 years. By formalising the accidental, he probes into the subconscious mind enticing the viewer to re-think and re-examine the subject matter in the work. The seemingly random assemblage of materials may not seem finished, it is constantly a work in progress.
Chiew Sien Kuan. Build on the Duck, 2016, mixed media, dimension variable
Tay Bak Chiang paints subjects found in the nature of Singapore and Southeast Asia, such as heliconias, lotus ponds and rocks. He seeks to reinterpret them in terms of form, composition, technique, material and colour. Lotus flowers, for example, are depicted as minimalist forms in bold hues; lotus stalks as thick, unembellished black strokes; and stones as textured shapes and sculptural blocks in intense colours made by combining pigments and traditional Chinese ink. Through these subjects, he expresses his sentiments and philosophies.
Tay Bak Chiang 刹那是永恒 Eternal Moment. Acrylic, Chinese ink & Colours on rice paper, 60 x 60cm
About the Artists
Boo Sze Yang 巫思遠 (b. 1965, Singapore)
Sze Yang draws inspiration from the city and events that take place around him for his paintings. His paintings deal with a broad range of subject matters, from mundane domestic objects to images of car and airplane crash-scenes, derelict interiors of cathedrals and unpeopled chambers of shopping malls. He treats banal objects, modern architectural interiors and destructive scenes as metaphors for the human condition, transforming these into a symbol of contemporary life through his loose, gestural technique and use of a restrained palette to emphasize the materiality of paint.
Boo has held 15 solo exhibitions and exhibited internationally since 1991. He is a recipient for the Freeman Foundation’s Asian Artist Fellowship Award 2010/2011 and his works are featured in the publication 100 Painters of Tomorrow published by Thames & Hudson in 2014. His works are in the collections of the National Gallery Singapore, the Singapore Istana Art Collection, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore, United Overseas Bank, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Simmons & Simmons Contemporary Art Collection, Urban Redevelopment Authority Singapore and Yingu Art Mansion in Beijing.
Chiew Sien Kuan 趙善君 (b. 1965, Singapore)
Chiew Sien Kuan, born in 1965, graduated with Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Fine Art from the University of Tasmania. He is currently Senior Lecturer at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.
Sien Kuan’s drawings and paintings are personal commentaries on the issues of modernity and rapid urbanisation that affect people’s sense of being, creating altered states of mind. Sien Kuan’s work is preoccupied with issues of environmentalism, renewal and loss of urban spaces, economic progress and technological development that have inevitably influenced and changed people’s sense of reality. Sien Kuan’s paintings are a reflection of subconscious minds that are in constant flux, reacting to these changes around us. With broad confident strokes, Sien Kuan draws and paints exuberantly on paper, demonstrating a unique sense of freedom and free-spiritedness in his style of painting.
Sien Kuan’s sculptures are characterised by the use of found objects sourced over a period of time sometimes 10 – 15 years. By formalising the accidental, he probes into the subconscious mind enticing the viewer to re-think and re-examine the subject matter in the work. The seemingly random assemblage of materials may not seem finished, it is constantly a work in progress.
Tay Bak Chiang 郑木彰 (b. 1973, Malaysia)
Bak Chiang graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 1995 and studied at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, in 1997. He was awarded the First Prize in the Chinese Painting category in the 19th and 22nd United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Competitions (2000 and 2003 respectively). In 2002 he received the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council of Singapore.
Bak Chiang has held 12 solo exhibitions to date: Fa Zi Hua Sheng《法自画生》(2003), Between Breaths《呼吸之间》(2010), Ingenuity《天工》(2011), Hear the Wind Sing《且听风吟》(2012), The Breath of A Blade《剑气》(2013), Sentience《顽石》(2014), The Story of the Stone《石头记》(2014), Cleavages Fractures Folds《斧劈皴》(2014), Blue White Vermilion《青花 • 朱印》(2015), The Chivalrous Hero《侠之大者》(2015), From A Distance《隔帘看月 • 隔水看花》(2016), and Revisit《回鸣》(2016).
He has shown at international art fairs, including Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Stage Singapore, Art Miami, Art New York, Art Paris, Art Taipei and Edinburgh Art Fair. His works are collected by private collectors and public agencies, such as The Istana, Singapore; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore; Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations, New York; National Gallery Singapore; Simmons & Simmons Contemporary Art Collection; Singtel; SC Global Developments; Swiss Re; OCBC Bank; United Overseas Bank; Mandarin Oriental, Singapore; Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore; and Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London.
ADDRESS & CONTACT INFORMATION
A: 8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall
#02-01 & 03. Singapore 039802.
T: +65 9841 4119 (Boo Sze Yang)
TUE – SUN: 12 noon – 9 pm
CLOSED ON MONDAY
January 18 (Thursday) 12:00 pm - February 4 (Sunday) 9:00 pm
8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall, #02-01 & 03. Singapore 039802