InkMagination explores the blending of Oriental and Western elements in the technique, in the work of a young Singaporean artist, June Lee Yu Juan and in the practice of two French artists, Helene Le Chatelier and Syv Bruzeau, both inspired by their stay in Asia.
By her exploration of cross-media techniques, June Lee Yu Juan questions both her own identity, as a young Singaporean artist and the opposition between Eastern and Western aesthetics. Trained in Chinese ink painting and calligraphy she rejuvenates the photogram technique and translates Chinese characters into highly graphic
sculptures and installations.
Helene Le Chatelier’s mastering of the brushwork is strictly based on her Western training. However, the way she merges her personal questioning of time and memory relates to the Chinese concept of transience. Like a traditional Chinese painter, Helene sketches the same movement or the same posture hundred times before creating a final artwork. Her work is both the result of a very controlled technique, based on motor memory, and of the chance introduced by the fluidity of ink in water.
Ultimately, the choreography of dancer Syv Bruzeau will connect the movement of the Chinese calligrapher to the gesture of the European brush holder.
Venue: Pop up Gallery in Tiong Bahru Estate, 57 Eng Hoon Street #03-72C, Singapore 228218
Hours: Wednesday to Friday: 2pm – 7pm; Saturday & Sunday: 1pm – 5pm;
Closed on Monday, Tuesday & PH
Admission is free
When: 15 May - 21 Jun 2015,