Update 13 January 2020: NPE Art Residency removed the work of artist Jonathan Lim two days after his show, called On Common Ground & Public Forms, opened with Priyageetha Dia. It was there that one of Priyageetha’s friends apparently giggled while Lim’s guest speaker was making comments. The reaction seemingly offended Lim, who is of Chinese ancestry, who the next morning called the woman a “snakewhore” on Instagram and threatened to “obliterate” her and Priyageetha, referring to them as a minority “cult.” Both women are of Indian descent.
Source: Yahoo News
On Common Ground & Public Forms is Jonathan Lim and Priyageetha Dia’s joint exhibition.
On Common Ground
True exchange is impossible unless two stand on common ground. Not at the exact same place and time, of course—that’s physically impossible. But in sufficient proximity, conducive for listening and then speaking. Through this body of work painted in residence at NPE, Jonathan Lim observes, captures and then depicts subjects in interaction—with each other, by themselves, and within their contextual spaces. He creates a soft-spoken but much-needed visual suggestion, that whether or not we realise or acknowledge it, we already stand on much common ground. As Singaporeans first, and then as human beings situated within the universe.
The stairs, a fundamental form of everyday life, occupies itself as either a tangible or a ghostly void in space, prevalent of its naked existence in public housing blocks. Priyageetha Dia points us to our subliminal awareness to the everyday through the downsized rendition of our actual reality. The forms are deprived of its familiar functional context, existing around a narrative core that is reduced in scale and condensed as a sculpture.
The multiplicity of public forms manifolds as sculptural language and materials of architecture. Navigating between both positive and negative space, heaviness and lightness, openness and closeness, Public Forms shifts between raw and ready-made materials such as cement, plaster and resin in a range of soft greys and golden hues.
Venue: NPE Gallery (Level 2), 39 – 41 Kallang Place, Singapore 339169
When: 10 Jan - 28 Feb 2020, 10am - 6pm Mon–Fri
By: NPE Art Residency - NPE Gallery