“Just Beyond” is a group exhibition featuring three emerging local artists Danya Yu, Tew Bee Lan, and Yen Phang. This exhibition is a collection of artworks inspired by the artists’ extended travels overseas.
In their individual journeys, they went on a search for the philosophical meaning of life and the discovery of oneself. In the midst of their travels, they found inspiration to explore into new territories of their own practice and concepts.
Three individuals from different walks of life, but by fate they turned to art only later in their lives. Perhaps because of their experiences in other professions and later exploration into art, this exhibition brings together a synergy and camaraderie between them.
Popular for her romanticised paintings of Singapore’s cityscape, Danya Yu is a First Class honours graduate from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Born in 1982, Danya questions the purpose of travel in social spaces across time. She explores how humans as collectives respond to and interact with architectures and culture, which manifest into cityscapes.
Exploring the theme of Man’s intervention with nature, Tew Bee Lan is an artist that stays deeply committed to her research and understanding of Man’s struggle with nature. Bee Lan’s use of colours and fluidity of her paint taps on our imagination of nature to question and feel her emotions through the paintings. Born in 1963, Bee Lan graduated with First Class Honours Degree in Fine Arts from NAFA, and has been awarded the best graduate awards respectively for her Diploma and Degree programmes in NAFA.
Born in 1979, Yen Phang’s new series is titled “Continuum (Automatic Itineraries)”. Yen explores the body not merely as a vessel for existence and consciousness, but also as a destination. Each of them documents Yen’s daily awareness of his bodily reactions to the sub-zero winter temperatures of Montreal, Quebec, where this series was developed. “Continuum” is Yen’s scientific attempt in understanding his physical self, and a rationalist substitute for actual bodily experience. Formerly trained in law, Yen’s turn to a full-time visual arts career was sparked by a hospitalisation stint in 2003, where his only means of communication was through pictorial sketches using pencil and paper.
Exhibition: Just Beyond
Dates: 14 – 16 November 2014
Venue: ION Art Gallery, ION Orchard Level 4, Free admission
Event: The Affordable Art Fair, Stand: 3E-21, by The Art Fellas
Dates: 20 – 23 November 2014
Venue: F1 Pit Building, No.1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
Tickets: $15 Door Price