A.I. is pleased to present a new series of works by WeiXin Quek Chong (b.1988, Singapore) titled Beige Dreams. The series is a counterpoint to the lush density of the tropical environment in response to which it was made, through the photographic capture of flowers and fluids, reminiscent of Old Master floral still-lifes. Cosmetic make-up painted onto flowering plants brings out their flesh-like qualities and both piques and jars. With its beauty, fragility, freshness and decay, this floral flesh expresses fullness and delicacy of life balanced by its accompanying memento mori.
“There is a soothing and a screaming for Beige; words making flesh; the hunger of decay is never sated. Why is there almost nothing to be found of Yva Lero? 'Peau d'ébène' came out in 1979 . . . I want to read it but it is in French. Bandages come in a strange colour. We want to transcend the choice of foundation . . . This is the shade of the season; there is only one season under this sun.”- text by artist, WeiXin Chong. These works were exhibited at Contemporary Centre for Art, Singapore in early 2017.
Fiona Struengmann's (b.1986, Germany) latest series of works, 'Just Like Me- But Different', will premiere at our booth. In the artist's own words: "I recently came across an archive of around 7000 photographs that a woman had been collecting over a duration of 50 years. Whist I’ve often admired the ephemera of photographs from the past, there was something particular about this collection that spoke to me. These photographs carried messages of families, places and moments of time -fragments of lost memories in Germany from the first half of the 20th century documented by what was the first generation of citizen photographers.
Amidst these silent memories, I found myself drawn to fragments within each photograph itself: objects, hand gestures and even, shadows. In many ways, elements within each photograph spoke more clearly to me than its entire composition. Thus began my interest in selecting photographs from the archive, reframing them and through a chemical process isolating the respective elements within each image. By eclipsing the remainder of the image and through the process of elimination, it revealed a more granular narrative from the past.
Working on this archive of photographs has awoken in me another way of seeing. Through this work, the past and the present merge into a cumulative experience of fragmented memories that, if shared with others, whether it be through story, song or image, somehow shed new light on parts that seem more whole than the original. These works puts me in conversation with the past, held in the present time."