This poetic question is materialised in an installation that transforms the Aloft space into a kaleidoscopic labyrinth of shades. Created by Singaporean artist Dawn Ng (b. 1982), this conceptual, chromatic world immerses visitors to Aloft at Hermès in an intimate, wondrous experience.
A light, ethereal palette of daybreak hues constitutes the raw materials for Ng’s project, created in situ for the new Aloft at Hermès space in Singapore. Juxtapositions of pastel blocks and mirror panels form a surreal landscape of colour portals, through which the visitor is invited to travel.
Ng continues her quest to express emotion, nostalgia, and time through colour, inspired by the work of Yves Klein and by her own belief in the dizzying capacity of colour to absorb and transport the viewer from one realm to another. The colour portals represent doors that usher a person from one place, time, or self, to the next; while the mirroring effect echoes a seamless perpetuity of losing oneself in the art in order to find himself or herself over and over again.
The repeated act of disappearing into colour and emerging through one’s reflection, as well as vice versa, creates an alternating rhythm of horizons and sensorial space, resonating with the theme chosen by curator Emi Eu for 2016: ‘Horizon’. At the same time, the piece reflects Ng’s already acclaimed approach, ever ready to sublimate everyday experiences through her distinctive, poetical, neo-pop aesthetic.
Visitors are free to explore the space – and by extension, their psyche – in their own time, following their own path. The work is an invitation to wander and reflect, to immerse oneself in the rainbow, almost to the point of oblivion.
Venue: Aloft at Hermès, 541 Orchard Road, Liat Towers, Singapore
Hours: Open daily 10:30am – 8pm
When: 20 May - 14 Aug 2016,