Decode is a solo exhibition on the art of ‘Mi Fu’ (米芾) by Ho Seok Kee, Silver Award winner of the 2018 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore), Established Artist Category.
‘Decode’ is the fruit of Seok Kee’s continued research on the art practice of 米 (mi) or rice textured dots. She reinterprets Chinese ink paintings and injects fresh perspectives through modern-day innovation such as using computer programmes to distort, melt and stretch original images to create surreal ones. In this body of work, most of the paintings were inspired by technology buzzwords such as Artificial Intelligence, including data analysis, machine learning, computer algorithms or 5G network.
Another aspect pervasive across Ms Ho’s latest body of work is the use of rice grains. This is a continuation of her earlier pieces which consists of rice paper paintings inspired by traditional Chinese ink philosophies and the works of Mi Fu (米芾), a Chinese painter, poet and calligrapher from the Song Dynasty (1051-1107). In order to continue the spirit of Chinese ink painting, each rice grain is painted with a single brush stroke and goes through a series of ‘press’, ‘drag’ and ‘lift’ movements (按笔, 行笔, 收笔).
Venue: UOB Art Gallery, 80 Raffles Place, UOB Plaza 1, Ground Floor
When: 10 Nov - 8 Dec 2020,