Mother Flippin’ Heavens! 翻天印 (fān tiān yìn), new paintings by Wong Lip Chin, is the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. The title 翻天印 (fān tiān yìn) bears a multitude of connotations, ranging from the Buddha mudras (hand-seals) in Buddhism and Taoism to celestial weapons in Chinese mythology such as the 16th century classical novels The Creation of the Gods 封神演義 (fēng shén yǎn yì) and Journey to the West 西遊記 (xī yóu jì); it has become synonymous with the subversive act of overturning the heavens through passivity. The deliberate irreverence in its mistranslation from Mandarin to English is echoed throughout the exhibition, as Wong turns what may seem arcane or trite on its head with humorous cadence, allowing one to take what they will from the manifold symbolisms that his paintings are suffused with.
Venue: Yeo Workshop, 47 Malan Road, #01-25 Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109444
When: 6 Aug - 11 Sep 2022,
By: Yeo Workshop