The Question of Form
Featuring works by Cheong Soo Pieng, Wong Keen & Boo Sze Yang
21.03 // 12.04 2020
Cheong Soo Pieng, Abstract Landscape, 1967, Oil on canvas, 96.5 x 71.3 cm
For artists the pursuit of pictorial aesthetics is undoubtedly bound up with the question of form, which carries not just artistic but cultural baggages; an artwork conveys itself as both an object and an objective, capable of transforming ways of seeing, feeling and understanding. By foregrounding the distinct practices of three important Singapore artists whose varied backgrounds and outputs of styles provide insightful points of entry and comparison, we examine how each artist’s exploration and stylisation of form necessarily reveals an ongoing dialogue between self and environment, tradition and forwardness.
Date: 21 March - 12 April 2020
Time: 12pm – 7pm daily
Venue: artcommune gallery
Featuring a selection of 25 artworks by Cheong Soo Pieng, Wong Keen and Boo Sze Yang, artcommune and AC43’s latest exhibition takes a close look at how artists interrogate, internalise and transform the values of form in the process of image-making. In art the term form refers to the overall physical form of a work, or an element within a work that is three-dimensional and encloses space such as the rendering of a human figure through light and shadow effects. From the late 19th to early 20th century developments in Western modern art successfully eroded the conventional notions of form in painting, which previously depended on the illusion of three-dimensionality. This led to the dissolution of solid form against the picture plane with modern artists like Picasso and Matisse constructing with simplified form and flat colour to create new compositional styles, eventually providing the basis that saw the flowering of abstract art.
Wong Keen, The Evolution of Forms, 2019, Acrylic on camvas, 153 X 208 cm
Boo Sze Yang, Church of Pisa, Pisa, Italy IV. 2010, Oil on linen, 150 x 112.5 cm