LIM SOON NGEE
Form-ing: Materials & Processes: works by Lim Soo Ngee
Date : 8 Feb 2006 to 7 Mar 2006
Form-ing: Materials & Processes: works by Lim Soo Ngee is the third of an on-going series of exhibitions that deal with different art processes by artists. This year, the exhibition focuses on wood as the primary material, and aims to showcase the artist's distinct treatment in the use of wood.
In our consumerist society, it is facile to judge art as a ready-made product. This presentation shifts our focus from viewing art as such, and guides us along the process of art-making - from understanding the artist's motivations through the technical evolution of a piece of wood to become a finished piece of art. Our understanding for carved wood is stretched by the artist's thought provoking treatment of the material in his creations.
Lim Soo Ngee's new works entitled "Paradise" and Perfect Lovers" features nine new sculptures and six drawings.
Lim Soo Ngee is a veteran artist who has done mainly works with wood, a natural material that allows him to explore different relationships between environment and society. Besides being an artist, he is also a lecturer at Nayang Academy of Fine Arts teaching art, sculpting and drawing.
I believe that everyone has their own secret garden hidden in their inner soul, and assume that it is the "paradise" built by their own experiences. This "paradise" could be a temple located on holy land, a beautiful tropical garden filled with blooming flowers. Their own statue could be standing high on the monument or a humble tiny hut sitting alone on the earth.
This "paradise" would be appearing any time and anywhere like a scene from the theatre to allow you being a leading role on the stage.
Colourful painted wood carved portraits with little animals and insects such as white horse, cat and butterfly are used to represent the identity of the person. No matter how ugly or pretty, hideous or handsome, bad or good, everyone would choose a "perfect lover" according to their own judgement.