Art Projects Gallery is delighted to present Yen Phang’s (b.1979) latest works in a solo exhibition titled “Ship of Theseus”. This will be the Singaporean artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong.
“Ship of Theseus” is one of the oldest concept in Western Philosophy; having been discussed by the likes of Heraclitus and Plato; that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. Continuing his fascination and passion with nature and biology that have been the sources of references for his art, the philosophical idea behind the “Ship of Theseus” inspired him to create this new series of works.
Using layers upon layers of paint applied in clean, successive strokes, Phang builds up each composition of a reconstructed nature much akin to how a city manicured urban landscape, that is being constantly pruned, cut and trimmed, materialises. Likewise, as the artist questions in his mind, when applied to the human body, whether one can be considered as being of the “same” nature. This thought process and painting style results in a refreshing visual expression that borders between the real and virtual, imbuing this new collection of works with an artificial-digital quality yet executed in a painterly manner.
Phang is a prolific artist whose art practice traverses across multiple medium and genre, including performance art, installation art, sculpture and painting. He was a recipient of the Winston Oh Grant (2016), Winston Oh Travel Research Award (2016), and was awarded the Cliftons Art Prize (2015) and the UNSW Julius Stone Prize (2006). His work has been collected by the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Singapore), British Airways for their Terminal 1 Lounge at Changi Airport, Singapore. He has also initiated projects such as “I.D. (The Body’s Still Warm)” (2018), Displacements: 13 Wilkie Terrace“ (2013),“The Peony And the Crow“ (2016), and “Repurposing Nostalgia” (2016) under the Displacements banner.
“Ship of Theseus” will be shown at Art Projects Gallery from 17 Jul 2021 to 4 Sept 2021.