As one of the 5 participating artists in the BMW Young Asian Artists Series, Heman Chong challenged the STPI team with a series of complex and dynamic silkscreen prints. Primarily a conceptual artist, Chong transposed a series of film noir titles onto paper, creating works that are reminiscent of Hard-Edge, Minimal and Op Art. Each print bears the title and director of the film, prompting viewers to visualize and connect memorable scenes from the movies to the prints by the suggestive power of the words and geometric images. All four films deal with the central concept of Totalitarianism, whereby bureaucracy imposed on individual lives leads to untenable situations.
Born in 1977, Chong lives and works in New York and Singapore. He also returned as Chief Curator for the BMW Young Asian Artists Series III in 2011.
The BMW Young Asian Artist Series 2007 represents the successful partnership between corporate sponsor BMW Asia and Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI), with the aim of providing young and emerging artists to explore the artistic potential of print.
Under this series, 5 artists from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, each proficient in different disciplines, were invited to create 4 new works at STPI within a challenging 2-week time frame. Working in close collaboration with chief printer Eitaro Ogawa and his team of printers, the artists made use of all the printmaking techniques at their disposal, resulting in 21 works diverse in content and technique.
A Luxury We Cannot Afford
A Luxury We Cannot Afford, is an intergenerational explorative essay reflecting on the formation, development,...
19 Sep 2015 - 29 Nov 2015
Take Me I’m Yours
After having become, for its reopening in October 2014, Paul McCarthy’s Chocolate Factory, then...
16 Sep 2015 - 08 Nov 2015
Monnaie de Paris
The inaugural exhibition of Neptune, titled “Daguerréotypes” after a 1976 film by Agnès...
10 Mar 2016 - 30 Apr 2016
Heman Chong: Ifs, Ands, or Buts
“Ifs, Ands, or Buts” is the first exhibition presented by Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in 2016...
23 Jan 2016 - 03 May 2016
Heman Ghong: Portals, Loopholes and Other Transgressions
“Portals, Loopholes and Other Transgressions” is Heman Chong’s second solo exhibition at...
28 Oct 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
Take Me (I’m Yours) at Pirelli HangarBicocca
Curated by Roberta Tenconi in collaboration with Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Chiara...
07 Nov 2017 - 21 Jan 2018
The Making of an Institution
The NTU – Center for Contemporary Art Singapore showcases a brand new, interesting project, entitled...
11 Feb 2017 - 07 May 2017
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
Heman Chong: Abstracts from the Straits Times
Heman Chong’s “Abstracts from the Straits Times” is the artist’s third solo exhibition...
10 Feb 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
Rossi & Rossi, Hong Kong
Knock Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art
The collective exhibition Knock Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art gathers works by more than thirty...
22 Sep 2018 - 18 Nov 2018
South London Gallery
The Library of Unread Books
Initiated by Heman Chong and Renée Staal, The Library of Unread Books is a 10-year art project that...
16 Nov 2019 - 31 Jan 2020
Jameel Arts Centre
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
Rossi & Rossi, Hong Kong
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