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Exhibition

German poet and philosopher Friedrich von Schiller’s prologue to his trilogy of dramas Wallenstein ends with the line, “life is serious, art is light hearted”.

This exhibition features works by seven established artists from Singapore and Malaysia whose practice has in some way revealed an instinctive understanding of the notion of lightness physically, metaphorically and philosophically - including lightness as understood as tone/value, as a property of a colour, or a dimension of a colour space - ultimately the recognition for the need to treat art AND life seriously in a light manner. 

Malaysia and Singapore, two close neighbours in South-east Asia, are both multiracial, multi-religious and multicultural nations. Being culturally diverse, both countries face far greater challenges in nation-building than homogeneous societies. Today, it is clear that we no longer live in the age of binaries - East versus West, tradition versus modernity. Globalisation is also rapidly breaking down our vision of a world with clearly-defined national, cultural and linguistic boundaries. The ever-increasing globalization of economy and commence also leads to the exportation of the Western way of life to both countries and the rest of the world. This further elevates the hurdles in the quest for a national identity (in both countries), leading to cultural marginality, an existence on the periphery of two or more cultures; an existence that is tentative and light.

Lightness is unbearable, if we follow Milan Kundera’s thoughts.

Zen Buddhism however, teaches that one ought to become as light as being itself and to be able to rejoice in this lightness.



Exhibited Works

The Hanging up Banquet. 悬宴

2011

Size Variable
Installation of objects
SOLD

Guardian Angel, “歇困一下”

2011

46.5cm x 23cm x 22cm
Bronze
SOLD

"Dreamland. Dream and Ready to Fly"

2010

107cm x 44cm x 47cm
Painted Woodcarving
S$12,000

Dua Tao Gao – “Ah Der” “ 阿猪”

2009

55cm x 20cm x 20cm
Painted woodcarving
SOLD

Guardian Angel,“歇困一下”

2010

100cm x 43cm x 33cm
Stainless Steal
S$15,800

White Dots in the Middle

2010

40cm x 45cm
Colored intaglio relief print
S$1200 with frame, available from 3/10

1824 Afternoon

2010

71cm x 107cm
Colored intaglio relief print
S$2200 with frame, available from 4/10

A Serene White

2011

64cm x 60 cm
Monoprint
S$1280 with frame

The Ambience of Blue Green

2011

60cm x 80cm
Monoprint
S$1800 with frame

Waking

2011

100cm x 130cm
Monoprint
S$4500 with frame

A Series of Dots Abstract

2011

100cm x 130cm
Monoprint
$4800 with frame

Entity #3

2010

73cm x 60cm
Oil on canvas
S$2500

Entity #6

2010

122cm x 92cm
Oil on canvas
S$5800

Entity #8

2011

102cm x 92cm
Oil on canvas
S$4900

Entity #7

2011

73cm x 60cm
Oil on canvas
S$2500

Salvation #1

2011

150cm x 200cm
Oil on jute canvas
S$18000

12 Apostles

2011

46cm x 46cm each
Oil on canvas
Collection Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

The Mind Field

2008

122cm x 122cm
Oil on canvas
S$7500

Truth, virtue, beauty III

2010

100cmx 150cm
Oil on canvas
S$7500

Tranquil III

2010

100cm x 100cm
Oil on canvas
S$5000

Unceasing life

2010

90cm x 90cm
Oil on canvas
S$4500

Floating Clouds VI

2010

120cm x 120cm
Oil on canvas
S$7500

Mirage

2009

100cm x 150m
Oil on canvas
S$7500

Dissolving Identity

2008

121cm x 91cm
Gloss paint on MDF board
S$7000

Ice Floes

2008

121cm x 91cm
Gloss Paint on MDF board
S$7000

Middle Spring

2008

121cm x 91cm
Gloss paint on MDF board
S$7000

Bali Blue

2009

188cm x 88cm
Acrylic on canvas
S$4800

Wishing

2010

120cm x 100cm
Acrylic on canvas
S$6500

Desire 2

2011

120cm x 100cm
Acrylic on canvas
S$6500

Wishing 3

2010

120cm x 100cm
Acrylic on linen
S$6500

Dialogue 2

2006

26.8cm x 35.8cm
Ink on silk
S$1500

Artists

  • Boo Sze Yang

    Singapore

    Boo Sze Yang was Head of the Department of Fine Art at his alma mater, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts before turning to practice art full-time in 2009. He received his Master in Arts Degree from Chelsea College of Art & Design, the University of the Arts London and his Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art from
    University of Reading, UK. Boo has held seven solo exhibitions and represented Singapore in numerous group exhibitions in Japan, China, Korea, Philippines, Malaysia and the UK.

    Chiew Sien Kuan

    Singapore

    Chiew Sien Kuan, graduate of NAFA (Painting)1989 & University of Tasmania; both BA and MA Fine Art. He is also involved in exhibitions; EXCAVATION–10 Singapore Artists at the Art Studio @ Old School and Warm Machines,Esplanade Concourse Space,2009. He was awarded the Highly Recommended Prize in the Australian Bicentennial Art Award of Young Artists in 1992 and 1993,attained 1st in the 3D category at the Phillippe Charriol Foundation Contemporary Art Competition

    Hoe Say Yong

    Malaysia

    Born in Johor in 1956, Hoe Say Yong enrolled at the Kuala Lumpur College of Art in 1975, from where he graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art in 1977. Havng exhibited in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, China and Belgium, Hoe uses brilliant hues to capture reflections that are aesthetic distortions created by the sensuous movement of water.

    Lim Soo Ngee

    Singapore

    Currently a lecturer in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Lim Soo Ngee obtained his Master of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from Edinburgh College of Art–Heriot-Watt University, UK, in 1997. He is also a recipient of numerous awards, including the Andrew Grant Bequest and the James Clason-Harvie Bursary. Lim’s work has been exhibited widely both locally and internationally.

    April Ng Kiow Ngor

    Singapore

    April Ng Kiow Ngor received her Diploma in Fine Art (Western Painting) from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1989 and graduated with a Master in Fine Arts (Printmaking) from The Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), UK, in 1993. Ng’s works have been exhibited in numerous shows locally and internationally, including Portugal, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. She is the recipient of the Honourable Mention Award, Philip Morris Group of Companies Singapore Art Award (2001).

    Soh Chee Hui

    Malaysia

    Raymond Yap Poh Tiam

    Malaysia

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