Yong Tai Si


an expeditionary adventure by Imdiu Wong and Yong Tai Si

Guest of Honour: Mr Bernard Harrison
CEO, Bernard Harrison & Friends

Opening preview and reception
Thursday 12th June 2003 7.30 pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
208 South Bridge Road 2nd Level, Singapore 058757
Tel: 6226 2605 E-mail: utterlyart@pacific.net.sg
Mon-Sat 11.30 am - 8 pm Sun 12 noon - 5.30 pm
The exhibition runs through to Sunday 22nd June 2003.

Animal lovers unite! Proceed to Utterly Art Exhibition Space where artists Yong Tai Si and Imdiu Wong have captured a rambunctious menagerie of animals on canvas and paper for your select viewing pleasure! Stare in amazement at the bewildering diversity of fauna on show, from capricious crocodiles to alluring angelfish! Gawk at the gleeful parade of wildlife, clad in chromatic radiance as brushed in oil by Tai Si, or pouting with pernicious prickliness as drawn in ink by Imdiu.

The exhibition brings together two young ladies, both former classmates in the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, with individually idiosyncratic styles for a combined zoological display. Ultimately, both artists use animals to investigate subconscious change: incremental conversions that occur whilst we react to a continually changing mundane routine. Their art captures frozen moments of which we might be otherwise unaware, precious seconds which might otherwise go unnoticed. Journey with the artists in their personal safari as they chart new territory in exploring vignettes from the subliminal cracks in our lives.


Artists rip canvases, pour paint, drag squeegees to show new possibilities for painting

Wednesday, 19 May 2004

Ever seen an 8-foot high painting made by one single brushstroke – with a brush bigger than its canvas? Or one made by repeated pouring of paint through a watering can onto a canvas – the result a perfectly-symmetrical circle of colour?

Earl Lu Gallery at LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts will feature 28 intriguing paintings that demonstrate new possibilities for painting. Whether it is pouring paint onto a canvas, dragging a squeegee across a beautifully-painted surface, or ripping, slashing and crushing a piece of canvas, the processes of making these works are highlighted in Painting as Process. By shifting the significance of painting from its representational systems to its processes, these artists re-evaluate painting's relevance to contemporary art practice.

Nine international artists – including German great Gerhard Richter, dubbed by Sotheby's as the ‘most influential living artist in the world' and who received the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1997; and Turner Prize-nominated Ian Davenport who, along with his controversial contemporary Damien Hirst, belonged to the late 1990s phenomenon known as the Young British Artists – are participating in the exhibition. Other artists involved in the exhibition include Torie Begg, Alexis Harding and Jason Martin from the United Kingdom , Angela de la Cruz from Spain , Robert Sagerman from the USA , as well as a younger generation of Singaporean painters, namely Ho Tzu Nyen and Yong Tai Si.

Says Dr Eugene Tan, Director of Earl Lu Gallery and curator of the exhibition: “Painting as Process re-evaluates painting's relevance to contemporary art practice through an examination of painting's processes. The works illustrate attempts at mediating expression with a conceptual mode of painting, in a manner that results in a new understanding of painting – demonstrating a rich myriad of possibilities for painting.”

That the possibilities are infinite is apparent in the various works. For instance, conceptual artist and painter Richter uses a wide variety of methods to apply paint onto canvas. In addition to using the spatula and his finger to apply paint, he also developed his by-now trademark process of blurring a painted surface with a squeegee, in the process destroying the image but also bringing about a new one. In Singaporean artist Ho's work, each of his four paintings is a different proposition of what painting might possibly be. For instance, in his work Untitled #12 , three pieces of paper – each painted in one of the primary colours – are crushed, folded and wrapped together 100 times. Each of the pieces is then recorded by a scanner, and recombined into a whole, whereupon a multiplicity of colours is generated. Printed upon a piece of canvas, it is a frozen record of the manual activity of painting, and also perhaps a tiny suggestion of how a new technology may be summoned in the practice of painting. On the other hand, Martin's work allows for unpredictable events to unfold in the rhythmical regularity of the painting. Martin's work has been extensively shown in Europe, the US and Japan, and is best described through its method of production – where using his bodily movement, a ‘brush' with deep set fissures is pulled from one side of the painting to the other in one continuous flow. In Davenport's Untitled Circle Painting series, however, he creates naturally symmetrical arches and circles of colour through paint pouring techniques that involve pouring layer upon layer of different-coloured paint – one over another – thereby creating ecliptic relationships of colour and form.

Official opening by Mr Lee Suan Hiang, CEO of National Arts Council: Friday, 4 June 2004.

Five of the participating artists will be present at the opening: Torie Begg (UK), Ian Davenport (UK), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore), Alexis Harding (UK) and Yong Tai Si (Singapore).

INTERVIEWS with curator Dr Eugene Tan and selected artists can be arranged.

Event Details
Title Painting as Process: Re-evaluating Painting
Exhibition Opening 4 June 2004 , 7pm-9pm
Guest of Honour Mr Lee Suan Hiang, CEO, National Arts Council Singapore
Exhibition Period 5 June – 4 July 2004
Venue Earl Lu Gallery I & II
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
90 Goodman Road
Time 10am – 6pm , open daily
Admission Free
Public Enquiries Call 6340 9102/9116 or email earllugallery@lasallesia.edu.sg

Related Event I
Title Panel Discussion 'Painting Today: Is painting still relevant for contemporary art practice?'
Date 6 June 2004
Time 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Venue Earl Lu Gallery I
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
90 Goodman Road
Moderator Dr Eugene Tan (Director, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts)
Panelists • Torie Begg
• Ian Davenport
• Ho Tzu Nyen
• Alexis Harding
• Brian Muller (Executive Editor, CONTEMPORARY)
• Gunalan Nadarajan (Dean, Office of Research and Creative Industries, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts)
• Yong Tai Si

Admission Free of charge.

Related Event II
Title Sunday Art Trolley
Dates 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th June 2004 & 4th July (Sundays)
Time 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue Earl Lu Gallery I & II
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
90 Goodman Road
Instructor David Chan
Panelists • For children aged between seven and 12 years old
• Admission and participation is free of charge
• Art materials provided

Sunday Art Trolley
The Sunday Art Trolley is a series of drawing sessions tailored for children between the ages of seven and 12. Children are encouraged to freely express themselves through drawings and paintings by responding to the Painting as Process exhibition by using a variety of art materials provided by Earl Lu Gallery. Participants will be guided by a trained art instructor and each session is three hours in duration. Admission and participation is free of charge.

Participating Artists
Gerhard Richter [Germany]
Ian Davenport [UK]
Torie Begg [UK]
Alexis Harding [UK]
Jason Martin [UK]
Angela de la Cruz [Spain/UK]
Ho Tzu Nyen [Singapore]
Yong Tai Si [Singapore]
Robert Sagerman [USA]

Dr Eugene Tan, Director, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts.