IVAN YEW'S WORKS can be simply summarized as Art, Design and Animation. The graduate from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) enjoys pushing the boundaries of how art is conventionally perceived. After obtaining a Diploma in Animation, Ivan continued to pursue a degree in Visual Communication, as he does not want to be coined as a one-trick pony.
From Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler in the Abstract Expressionism movement, to Rosemarie Fiore, abstract works are ultimately what influences Ivan. “It is the spontaneous and unconventional approach towards viewing and working with mediums that really inspired me to create artworks my way,” explained the artist-designer. Ivan accentuates on the idea of experimenting with materials and the process of “playing”. His works mold and infuse his own perceptions into the rawness of nature,
You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognize it, how to control it, and ways to eliminate it so that the whole surface looks felt and born all at once. — Helen Frankenthaler
Owing it to one of his greatest inspiration Helen Frankenthaler, Ivan also believes in making room for imperfections, as they are sometimes where new aesthetics are born.
In Ivan’s digital artwork, he had begun to produce works that blend painterly and realistically 3D qualities together. The clashing and splashing of different fluids viewed from digital, three-dimensional space reminds Ivan about the multiple feelings one can experience. Technically, utilizing three-dimensional space allows him to discover the fluids through different angles and close-ups.
The digital art Ivan has created thus far are 3Danvas and Chrysocolla. It is through the use of 3D spaces to stimulate imagination and creativity, that 3Danvas intends to reveal a new perception, as well as to discover new aesthetics in the field of contemporary art and its practices. In contrast to 3Danvas, Chrysocolla is a stereoscopic animation that investigates the concept of liquid elements.
Another one of Ivan's works, entitled Shifting States, is inspired by a love for coffee drinking and art making. A simple act of drinking coffee allows one to experience different states, such as calmness, sense of euphoria or even a state of reflection. Ivan explained that the artwork was created through compounding all sensory and tactile simulations through art’s material qualities. With such a simple concept harnessing such striking visual effects, it is not a surprise why Shifting States was chosen to be exhibited at the ADM graduation show 2013 and the ArtScience Museum, ArtScience Revealed (June 2013).
Howwever, being an artist and designer may be conflicting at times. Graphic design is objective while visual art is subjective. Animation, in turn, engages his audience.
It all boils down to whether you have the same risk-taking and trial-and-error attitude. Sometimes I do see myself having an identity crisis
Ivan hopes to explore the possibilities of integration between abstract art and illustrative line works, through future collaborations with illustration artists.