3 August – 30 November 2015
Weixin Chong’s (b. 1988, Singapore) work is drawn from fascination with the stylisation of natural elements, digital and organic memory systems and the relationship between surface and perceived superficiality. She sees these concerns as material metaphors for human social relationships and the psychology behind the structures and projections of power, value and desire.
Through printed surfaces and objects, she looks at the constant construction of imposed and composed realities,and reproductions that replace and represent. Interactions of the digital and the organic, and the effects and methods of reproducing and manipulating images across materials, are core to her practice.
During her residency, Weixin Chong will explore perspectives and portrayals of Tropicality in a Singaporean context, from projections of exoticism and escape to the post- colonial self-conscious gaze of the tropical being and how the natural growth of tropical wildlife represents ‘undevelopment’.
Studios at Blocks 37 & 38 Malan Road, 2.00 – 7.30pm
This edition of Residencies: OPEN concentrates on the intertwined relationship between art making and text. Projects range from Artists-in-Residence Weixin Chong’s investigation into the domestic tropicality through a dictation exercise with visitors, contributions by Narawan Pathomvat’s collaborator of key texts and their online circulation, Shubigi Rao’s research on the history of banished books and Otty Widasari’s archival research into films from the colonial period.
Langkasuka, book launch
Foyer of Block 43 Malan Road, 2.00 – 7.00pm
Former Artist-in-Residence Ise (Roslisham Bin Ismail) (Malaysia) will launch the new and second edition of his cookbook Langkasuka published by ITBN Malaysia, based on old royal recipes excavated through oral histories in Kelantan, an area in Malaysia with historical links to Thailand. The artist will also serve one of the featured recipes!
Residencies: In The Lab – Exhibit 101: Li Ran and Gary Ross Pastrana (Artists’ Workshop)
The Lab, Block 43 Malan Road, 2.30 – 4.00pm
Artists-in-Residence Li Ran and Gary Ross Pastrana will conduct a workshop as part of their project Exhibit 101 at The Lab. Li Ran will talk through the process of creating a new work in Singapore while Gary Ross Pastrana will work with participants to conceive a new artwork for his project An ASEAN Exhibition 1.
Residencies: Insights – Dictation with Artist-in-Residence Weixin Chong
Studio #01-07, Block 38 Malan Road, 6.00 – 7.30pm
Weixin Chong will host ”read –in’s” in her studio where visitors can take part in a dictation exercise around a text related to the tropical environment which will later be translated into artworks.
During her residency, Singapore artist Weixin Chong is exploring perspectives and portrayals of tropicality in a Singaporean context, from projections of exoticism and escape to the post-colonial self-conscious gaze of the tropical being, to how the natural growth of wildlife represents ‘undevelopment’.
For her current project, Chong is calling for participants to take part in a dictation event within the Gillman Barracks “jungle”. Chong will read aloud a text in which participants will be asked to transcribe from her dictation. These texts will be translated by the artist into an artwork. After the dictation, guests are invited to a read in the artist’s studio.
Weixin 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, Cararra, Italy. She has exhibited in START 2015, Saatchi Gallery, London, The Third Print, TOTAL Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul and was a showcased artist at the Southeast Asian Platform at Art Stage Singapore.
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Residencies: OPEN offers a rare insight into the often introverted sphere of the artists’ studio. Through showcasing discussions, performances, research and works-in-progress, Residencies: OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice and the divergent ways artists make artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and contemplation.
Block 37 Studios: anGie seah (Singapore), Shubigi Rao (Singapore), and Saleh Hussein (Indonesia)
Block 38 Studios: Jompet Kuswidananto (Indonesia), Weixin Chong (Singapore), and Tan Guo-Liang (Singapore)