“Grounded Conversations” talk at NUS Museum
Panel Discussion | Grounded Conversations with Yeo Shih Yun and James Jack
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 7pm
S T Lee Atrium, NUS Museum
Held in conjunction with the exhibition Yeo Shih Yun: Diaries, Marking Time and Other Preoccupations, NUS Museum presents this iteration of the Grounded Conversations series, which brings together Yeo Shih Yun and James Jack to mark the exhibition’s closing.
Focusing on their shared attention to methodology, the conversation traces the marks, stains, colours, and pigments present in their respective works that emerge from specific windows of time or particular inhabited sites, while picking out the materiality of their presentations which range from collections of dirt to recorded brush marks. In so doing, the artists articulate the nuances present in the different ways they choose, ruminate on, and respond to their varying environments, through the carefully considered approaches of spontaneity, choreographed acts, or meticulous investigations. Reflecting on the ultimate trajectories of their chosen artistic and research processes, the conversation hopes to reveal the motivations and preoccupations that define their practice.
About Grounded Conversations
Presenting a series of distinct projects on how art practitioners have begun to adopt comprehensive paradigms in their methods, associated variously with environs and formal interests, negotiated through research and rooted commitment, Grounded Conversations brings together practitioners from the contemporary art world to elucidate artistic productions and their contexts.
About the exhibition
Yeo Shih Yun: Diaries, Marking Time and Other Preoccupations features paintings, video works and installations by Yeo Shih Yun whose practice is associated with Chinese ink, a medium with its own unique history. Yeo’s varied experimentation situate the medium in the fold of contemporary practice. In her works of art, the element of chance – markings rendered by brushes tied to tree branches or battery operated toy robots – is introduced and eventually transferred and recomposed on a final surface through the use of silkscreens or other print techniques. For this exhibition, the studio presents itself as a site of appropriative potential. At the centre of this new project is Yeo’s fascination with the marks discovered on a piece of cloth and on the studio floor – the accidental drips, blotches and stains are mobilised as compositions transpiring from labour and chance. The exhibition will run until 27 April 2019.
About the speakers
Yeo Shih Yun graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. She joined LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts and completed a Diploma in Communication Design before pursuing a Post Baccalaureate programme in painting at San Francisco Art Institute. Yeo founded the artist-run space INSTINC, the INSTINC Artist-In-Residence programme and INSTINC Collective.
James Jack is an artist who creates work together with people, places and ecological networks. He has developed socially engaged art works for the Setouchi Triennale, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art amongst others. Recent solo exhibits include Honolulu Museum of Art (2018), Trudeau Gallery at Orford (2018), and TMT Art Projects (2017). He is a member of the World Dirt Association artist collective formed in 2015, and his writings have been published in Art Asia Pacific, Shima, Satoshi Koyama Gallery and The Contemporary Museum of Hawai‘i. Jack was a Crown Prince Akihito Scholar, holds a PhD in Fine Art and is currently Assistant Professor of Art Practice at Yale-NUS College.
Image credit: Yeo Shih Yun, We are Singapore: Future, 2015. UV print on plexiglass, 30cm diameter each. Edition of 5 (2/5). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of artist.
Detail from James Jack, Molokai Window, 2018. Natural pigments and gum arabic on wall panel. Image courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art.