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Weixin Chong | Object of Desire Exhibition @ ICA SG

Artists: Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir, Weixin Chong, Guðlaug Mía Eyþórsdóttir, Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, Saemundur Thor Helgason, Daniel Hui, Luca Lum, Guo-Liang Tan

Curator: Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir, alumna, MA Fine Arts (2016 cohort)

Object of desire brings together painting, installation, sculpture and film by eight artists from Singapore and Iceland. The works explore the affective agency of images and objects as ‘things’ which are desired, distributed and reproduced.

The title of the exhibition refers to an essay by artist Hito Steyerl titled ‘A thing like you and me’ (2010). In her essay, Steyerl explains the role of humans in the formation and operation of images. According to Steyerl, our participation in images not only blurs distinctions between subjects and objects, but also human subjectivity, which is increasingly objectified. In her essay, Steyerl describes images as fragments of the real world; things ‘like any other—a thing like you and me’.

For the exhibition, curator and MA Fine Arts alumna Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir invited each artist to create a work that explores the values and hierarchies associated with ‘being an object or an image’. The layout is conceived as an interdependent constellation, in which the works—as ‘object–subjects’—activate one another.

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Date & Time

Opening date: Fri 21 Jun 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Exhibition Period: Sat 22 Jun – Wed 24 Jul 2019
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 7:00pm, Tue to Sun (Closed on Mon and public holidays)

Location

Brother Joseph McNally Gallery
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
LASALLE, 1 McNally Street

WeiXin Chong | CARRARA

Exhibition EXCAVATA at CARRARA, Italy by WeiXin Chong & Gabriele Dini

 

Dates: 4- 18 November 2016

Venue: Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Carrara, Palazzo Binelli, Via Verdi 7, Carrara (Tuscany), ITALY

Opening times: 4th Nov from 17:00, M-F: 09.00-12.00, 15.00-17.00

 

The exhibition titled Excavata showcases the artistic outcomes of research and residency exchanges between Italy & Singapore by both artists WeiXin CHONG (b. Singapore) & Gabriele DINI (b. Italy). Past & present use of natural resources in both Carrara, Italy and Singapore are extrapolated and explored through material and aesthetic expressions.

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CHONG plays with images, entities and surfaces as material metaphors for social relationships and the psychology behind structures and projections of power, value and desire. The Suiseki art of seeking landscapes within a piece of stone is a connoisseurship of aesthetic and philosophical potential, and is the starting point for her work in this series. 

WeiXin CHONG.  Suiseki Softfall 1.0

WeiXin CHONG. Suiseki Softfall 1.0

WeiXin Chong | START Art Fair (15-18 Sep, 4.30-5pm): Daily Performance

VIP Preview: Wednesday 14 September 2016      15.00 hrs –21.00 hrs

Public: Thursday 15 September 2016                    11.00 hrs –18.00 hrs

Public: Friday 16 September 2016                         11.00 hrs –18.00 hrs

Public: Saturday 17 September 2016                     11.00 hrs –18.00 hrs

Public: Sunday 18 September 2016                       11.00 hrs –17.00 hrs

 

A.I. is pleased to be returning to the third edition of START. This year, we are participating in the invitational section of the fair presenting solo booths of artists selected by, Fair Director, Niru Ratnam.

Our booth project titled Debris by WEIXIN CHONG (b. Singapore) features a varied collection of works that explore the concept of ephemera, both natural and man-made.

On the public days at the fair booth (4.30pm – 5pm), the artist will be leading a participative work with the audience called Dictation 2.1. A dictation session -transcribing a text as print creates, in the artist’s own words, a kind of force field; the magnetic field of suspended tension that forms around its participants and also the direct line of focus that it causes to occur- a line of conveyance between the dictator and transcribers/subjects, that makes them into one unit. Dictation is an on-going series of events, with each edition being an exploration of a unique setting and a different text. A copy of the transcription will be available for audience members to take away and keep.

Chong seeks to challenge the notion of natural versus artificial ephemera in the form of print (photographic & textile), text and drawings. The etymology of the word ‘ephemera’, in its ancient sense, extends to the mayfly and other short lived insects, flowers and for something which lasts a day or a short period of time. The artist plays on this very idea that any transitory written or printed matter are meant to be neither retained nor preserved. The imagery of this very debris is captured in a flash, frozen-in-flight aesthetic or even as a transcription.

Chong is fascinated with the relationships between digital and organic, surface and perceived superficiality. Materials, text and happenings become metaphors of the psychology behind structures and projections of power, value and desire. The effects and methods of manipulating and reproducing imagery across materials feature strongly in her practice. The translation of things -its possibilities, impossibilities, failures and transcendence are always in her mind.

 

Dictation 2.1 - Participative perfomance by WeiXin Chong during START Art Fair 2016 solo booth presentation with A.I. Gallery. Image courtesy: A.I. Gallery

WeiXin Chong | Monocle

Culture/Art: Portrait of a Nation (Dec 2015)

 

Singaporean artist WeiXin Chong is featured in Monocle's December 2015 Culture/Art video reportage on Singapore's thriving art scene as the nation celebrates its 50th year of independence. 

Chong is an artist-in-residency at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (located in Gillman Barracks). She is using her time there to explore notions of nature and technology at odds in her world. The artist is interviewed in situ with her latest works on view. 

Producer/reporter Gillian Dobias states: "Singapore is not used to letting people do whatever they want and thus it has been stuck with a moribund art scene. But the opening of the new National Gallery aims to change perceptions of the city-state both at home and abroad; Monocle takes a look at a fast-emerging art scene."

 

Video: Portrait of a Nation

 

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Chong graduated from the Royal College of Art, London with a MA Fine Art, Printmaking. In 2015, Chong was an Artist-in-Residence at Laboratori Artistici Nicoli and Studio Fitz-Carrara in Cararra, Italy. She has exhibited in START 2015 at Saatchi Gallery, London; The Third Print, TOTAL Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea and was a showcased artist at the Southeast Asian Platform at Art Stage Singapore 2015.

The NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore is a research centre of Nanyang Technological University located in Gillman Barracks alongside a cluster of international galleries led by Founding Director Professor Ute Meta Bauer. The CCA takes a holistic approach towards art and culture, intertwining its three platforms: Exhibitions, Residencies and Research & Education. CCA Founding Director, Professor Ute Meta Bauer states, “Unique to the CCA Residencies programme is an emphasis on research and knowledge production complementing contemporary artistic production. This underlines CCA’s position as a young research centre and new gateway for accessing practices and discourses within Southeast Asia. The CCA Residencies programme feeds into our holistic approach of intertwining three platforms: exhibitions, residencies and research.”

WeiXin Chong. Specimen 4 (Series: Exponential Taxonomies), 2014-15. Digital C-type on Chromica Metallica. 80cm × 58.2cm (Edition of 3). © WeiXin Chong, courtesy of A.I.

WeiXin Chong. Specimen 4 (Series: Exponential Taxonomies), 2014-15. Digital C-type on Chromica Metallica. 80cm × 58.2cm (Edition of 3). © WeiXin Chong, courtesy of A.I.