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Singapore

We scavenge and curate homegrown works from aspiring artists and dreamers alike.

Embodying The Affair

Happenings

The C.H.O.P.P.A Experimental Music Festival ran from 22nd to 24th January at the LASALLE College of the Arts, featuring prominent musicians like Toshimaru Nakamura, Gerry Hemingway, Anla Courtis, Xu Fengxia and members from homegrown experimental and electronica band The Observatory. 

Embodying The Affair

Hui Shan Tan

Featuring Yeo Siak Goon at The Art Fellas Gallery

Pictured: Yeo Siak Goon (Top Left) with Founders of The Art Fellas, Cruz Phua (Top Right) and Daniel Fong (Bottom Right)

Pictured: Yeo Siak Goon (Top Left) with Founders of The Art Fellas, Cruz Phua (Top Right) and Daniel Fong (Bottom Right)

Whatever I paint, the subject has to mean something to me. There has to be a relationship between the subject and myself.
— Yeo Siak Goon

A SELF-TAUGHT AND Malaysian-born artist, Yeo Siak Goon vivaciously iterates the need for relationships as he relays the stories behind some of his works. In this exhibition, held from 10th to 23rd January 2015 at The Art Fellas, viewers may expect to be washed ashore--eyes greeted by a myriad of tropical colours--upon stepping into this independent art gallery. Indeed, the choice of colours in Yeo's works conveys his innate desire for a life in the tropics, to reside close to marine life. Apart from the dominance of tropical settings and colours in his works, another dominant feature of his works in the exhibition is the subject of nude figures--the genesis of the title for the exhibition: the affair.

Sunny Day and the Blue Night (2012), Acrylic on Canvas

Sunny Day and the Blue Night (2012), Acrylic on Canvas

There is a form of duality in Yeo's works--first established by the existing relationship between himself and the subject, as well as the relationship between the viewer and the work. These layers of dualities overlap each other, resulting in an amorphous substantiation of what "the affair" truly refers to. Even in his works, especially in Sunny Day and The Blue Night, the deft use of shadow and perspectives highlights the duality of time (day/night) and the delightful contrast and coexistence of different times.

 

While four of Yeo's earlier works displayed contain hints of cubism and abstract expression (with one of the paintings reminiscent of Duchamp's Nude Descending A Staircase, No. 2), the collection of works in this solo exhibition is a chronicle of the evolution of Yeo's painting styles, preferences, and even the medium used for his works. "I believe that it is important to keep up with the times--because I paint based on my relationship with my environment, and my environment is constantly changing as time passes," he comments.

Trinity Nude (1985), Oil on Canvas

Trinity Nude (1985), Oil on Canvas

Sunny Day's Garden (2002), Acrylic on Canvas

Sunny Day's Garden (2002), Acrylic on Canvas

One particular feature of his nude figure paintings is that they are painted without faces. In certain paintings, he tacitly makes an appearance as a figure in the background of those works. Despite this, there is no explicit revelation of the identities of the figures featured in the works. When asked why, he responds, "I feel that the figures in the painting should not have faces. That's the whole mystery to them, you see. They could and should be anyone." With the identities of the paintings kept as seemingly clandestine, the viewer finds him/herself drawn into the affair--a relationship forged through an appreciation of beauty and art.

Images courtesy of The Art Fellas

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