A famous Jewish scientist once said: “It seems as though we must use sometimes the one theory and sometimes the other, while at times we may use either. We are faced with a new kind of difficulty. We have two contradictory pictures of reality; separately neither of them fully explains the phenomena of light, but together they do”.
But if contemporary man can now accept the duality of Time and Space becoming one term of Space-Time, and no doubts at all that light and other energies can exhibit both natures of wave and particle, couldn’t we also think that Time and History meet at one point as two circles touch?
In this project, Joshua Yang continues his explorations in the field of drawing lines as expressions and experiences of time taking place in the drawing, but also departs from the rules he has previously set for himself in which the lines do not intersect and breaks are marked with points. This time, there are many overlapping lines and intersecting spaces. Dots, lines and cross-hatched areas inhabit the same spaces on paper.
Joshua Yang was born in 1974 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2003, while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, he founded the art collective, Vertical Submarine, which has been active in the local and international art scene since.
In 2005, he won first prize in the UOB Painting of the Year for the Abstract category. Other awards include the coveted Credit Suisse Artist Residency Award 2009, The President’s Young Talents Award 2009 and the Singapore Art Show Judges’ Choice 2005. His works, which are predominantly site-specific time-based drawings employing a single-continuous line, have been featured in local and regional Biennales, including the Singapore Biennale 2008 and the Dojima River Biennale 2009 (Osaka).
A firm believer in education, he taught at the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science and has been lecturing at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts since 2009. Currently living and working in Singapore, he has completed projects in Spain, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, The Philippines, Mexico City, Australia, and Germany.
- Joshua Yang