“My final work does not need to be visually pleasing or pretty, but rather, strong and unique,” Daryl Goh emphasises. In a world heavily dominated by designs with lots of flair and little substance, Daryl is an iconoclast, leaving his creative mark on different canvases such as sound, videos and design.
He must be doing something right.
Daryl has been showered with accolades from a wide spectrum of artistic bodies and was featured briefly on national television, Okto, Straight From The Art, where we were given a glimpse into the processes of Daryl's art production and exhibitions in his studio.
Despite such exposure in the past few years, Daryl remains largely mysterious amongst the public. It is something that Daryl is used to, mirroring the struggles he experienced in the beginning, when trying to make a name for himself in the field.
“It wasn’t easy to break into the very niche artistic social and economic circle. A lot of the obstacles were also contributed by the stagnant art market and industry. Still, I pressed on and kept practising and producing works despite the [multiple] setbacks,” Daryl muses.
And produce he did, churning out different pieces across different disciplines until the local art world stood up and took a closer look at this boy next door with the cheeky grin.
His material of choice: acrylic, which he laser-cuts to perfection, and mirror film, chosen for its reflective qualities.
The final result is a curved sequence of 15 intricately-carved and transparent acrylic blocks mounted on a clear surface. At first glance, the meaning of the sculpture is indiscernible. Upon closer examination, one notices the subtleties present, such as the 15 frames (an industry standard) to represent motion blur and the transparency that allows audience to see its form.
It’s also fun to look through the cross-section of the sculpture to see the curvature, the movement of the performer that doesn’t follow a straight line.
And why mirror film?
“This allows our reflection to be present in the sculpture as well,” Daryl reveals. As Shakespeare said, all the world’s a stage and all the men and women, including viewers, are merely players.
Daryl might just be an actor, but at the moment, the world is his oyster and he is the dashing male lead with the cheeky grin.