Inspired by the words of John Cage who aptly noted that ‘the world, the real, is not an object. It is a process’, 墨非: DEFY INK embodies the spirit of an ongoing and dynamic process in art making. The exhibition delves into the nascent years of Shih-Yun’s art practice, where ink evolves from a mere mark to a note in a rhythmic composition, ultimately transforming into an instrument of her audacious creative rebellion. 墨非: DEFY INK is a collectors’ showcase curated by Arielle Lau with selected works from the collections of Koh Seow Chuan, Toh Ee Loong, Low Nguan Kiang and Esmund Chua.
The exhibition presents more than 20 works, including some never-before-exhibited pieces, shedding light on her formative years through the collections of five patrons who supported her early artistic expressions. The featured works highlight Shih Yun’s innovative approach of art-making including collaborative paintings with fellow artist Wyn-Lyn (Exit series, 2005), blending traditional ink with elements of serendipity (Conversations with Trees, 2012), as well as her use of robots as a response to the highly digitalised world (The K, 2010).
Venue: 39 Keppel Rd, #03-10 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065
When: 17 Jan - 4 Feb 2024, Wed - Sun: 1 – 8pm (19 & 26 Jan: 1 - 10pm)