Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Looking Out of Admiralty, 2012

 Looking Out of Admiralty
Charcoal on paper
60 x 180cm (Paper size)
 S$3800 (Unframed)

This is one of the 6 works shown in the 3-person exhibition Crisis of Monumentality: Made/Remade/Unmade, which opens on 17 Jan 2013 at Chan Hampe Galleries, 328 North Bridge Road, #01-20/21, Raffles Hotel Arcade, Singapore 188719 (

Artist Statement: In this series of charcoal drawings, Tang takes reference from various places she has been to in Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore. These could be a view of the escalators in the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station, or spaces in a shopping mall. She believes that even though these drawn spaces are transitory spaces that people may not usually linger in, or have actual memories of, viewers may find them familiar and be reminded of certain places they have been to, and/or people they have met there. She proposes that viewers take a longer look at these drawn spaces, and perhaps, contemplate on their relationships with the environment and with the people around them. As in all her charcoal drawings, Tang employs the technique of chiaroscuro―an intense contrast of light and dark to create the atmosphere in her compositions. The only pieces in which immerse black takes over are Looking Out of Admiralty and Welcoming―A Self-portrait. To her, black is mass, stability, calmness, strength and elegance. It is meditative; it is Zen.

Exhibition continues till 17 Feb 2013. There will be an artist and curator's talk on 2 Feb 3-5pm. The exhibition catalogue will be presented then. Opens daily 11am-7pm. Closed on public holidays.
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