I AM HUMAN.
I am limited by the things I can do as a human.
I cannot lift a body of a certain mass. I cannot endure extreme pain. I cannot remember every single detail of things I have witnessed or experienced. I am physically incapable of being wherever I want to be. I cannot understand and feel how and what you feel. I cannot travel back in time or foresee the future. I cannot control time, nor prevent decay. I do not understand life. I do not understand death.
However I would like to.
In my own limitations, I would like to understand more about the things around me; to grasp the heaviness of your burdens; to understand how to be weightless, to float. I would like to make sense of my feelings, emotions and memories. I would like to know how it feels to be alive; to comprehend what it means to die.
I want to remember you.
Memories and traces are the backbone of the bulk of work I produced since 2011, when my father passed away. In my research into defining memories and forming traces of previous existence, I started making objects based on past experiences. My preoccupation with mortality meant that some of my creations fall into a category similar to memento mori. I am interested in suggesting the temporality of life and I rely on my choice of materials to do so in my work – materials that are commonplace and readily acquired to insinuate the ‘everyday-ness’ of mortality. It is also precisely for this reason that my work frequently includes a durational element.
Lee Pheng Guan (PG Lee) (b. 1974, Singapore) is a visual artist who previously completed his Bachelor degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London before embarking on a career as an art teacher. After teaching in various schools for 12 years, he did his MFA in Lasalle College of the Arts. PG works primarily in videos and installations, and makes sculptural objects to express his interest on the ephemeral nature of human existence and creating personal memories. He has taken part in various group exhibitions in Singapore and had his first solo show, weight/less at Lasalle’s Praxis Space in 2015. PG was also included recently in the SCOUT: Emerging Art Practices, Singapore showcase during the Singapore Art Week 2016.
Yeo Tze Yang
“Art is for all that is uncertain and incomprehensible in life, but still things I am nonetheless, without doubt, aware of at all times.”
I have a deep reverence for the many things I see in my everyday life, and am compelled to paint these things with the sincerity and honesty that these things deserve. How I choose my subject matter is deeply rooted in chance and spontaneity; a structured inconsistency. This happens because I avoid conceptualism. I avoid complicating my ideas. I believe in keeping thoughts simple, allowing more possibilities to take flight through the process.
If I could put any of my ideas in words, I would say that I am interested in the in-betweens, between now and then, between each success and each failure, between the beginnings and ends. I am concerned with what human beings think about when walking home from work, what keeps us up at night, staring at the ceiling, sleepless. I taught myself oil painting when I was 17. Lucian Freud was the first painter to inspire me from the beginning when I first saw a book of his paintings. Other painters such as George Shaw, Antonio Lopez Garcia, Liu Xiaodong and Jackson Pollock have greatly influenced my attitude to both painting and life itself. Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong cinema have affected my practice greatly too.
Along with his artistic practice, Yeo Tze Yang (b. 1994, Singapore) is also pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences in National University of Singapore. Tze Yang works primarily in the traditional medium of figurative oil painting. His paintings predominantly capture his immediate surroundings, often chancing upon neglected and forgotten elements in everyday life. He was part of the Art Elective Program from secondary school to junior college for six years. Ever since leaving National Junior College in 2012, he has continued to paint, and has exhibited widely in venues such as Goodman Arts Centre, Institute of Contemporary Art, Art Apart Fair and the Affordable Art Fair in Singapore. He was a finalist in the Cliftons Art Prize in 2014, and has been recognized as one of “15 Singaporeans Aged 25 And Under To Watch In 2015” by mustsharenews.com. His works are part of private collections in Singapore, Australia, the UK and the USA. His first solo exhibition, A Place Behind My Eyes, was held at ION Art by Utterly Art.