Hong-Ling Wee, ceramic artist, New York
With a life divided between New York and Singapore, Hong-Ling Wee’s work is about her longing for home. She uses clay as her primary medium to create work that centers on the theme of home to re-create the place we escape from and return to. To her, home is defined by relationships, shared memories and experiences.
Hong-Ling focuses on looking homeward to find extraordinariness in the ordinary. Her work straddles sculptural objects and functional art. The idea that something like a teapot is necessary, or indispensable, is insufficient; the object must be of great dignity and importance in itself, and has a role that lies beyond its obvious function. Her installations bring a contemporary freshness to a traditional craft by transforming everyday utilitarian pottery into decorative arts.
Hong-Ling’s works are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery (Singapore), the Ministries of Law and Foreign Affairs (Singapore), the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (Japan), the Fule International Ceramic Art Museum (China) and the Guangxi National Art Center (China).
Sheryo & Yok, street artists, New York
Sheryo & Yok are Brooklyn-based artists who started painting in the streets in 2005.
In 2008 she started their travels, and in 2011 they moved to Cambodia. Working from a home studio in the red light district of Phnom Penh, they delved into the twisted world of exquisite lines and quirky mythology.
Their art seeks to investigate, analyze and document the human psyche, and its mercurial nature and frustrations towards contemporary lifestyles. They work across mediums, from 2D paintings to 3D sculptures, installations and moving images.
They have exhibited and painted murals around the world and has recently been featured in a variety of media, including Complex magazine’s “Top 10 Street Artists To Watch In 2013 & 2014,” and "10 Rising NY Street Artists You Should Know", as well as CBS NY’s “6 women street artists you should know” and Huffington Post's "Top 25 Street Artists Shaking Up Public Art."
Jonathan Teo, photographer, Boston
Jonathan Teo is a photographer currently based in Boston. His interest in the art form stems from his passion for tinkering with gadgets. He feels that photography is one of the rare instances where his obsessive experimentation, regardless of the simplicity of an instrument, can create beautiful images. He sees photography as a balance between aesthetics and concepts because neither parts alone is sufficient to create compelling works of art.
Jonathan loves the alchemy of a variety of techniques to create a world, tell a story, jolt a memory, evoke an emotion. He is drawn to urban spaces and portraiture. He particularly enjoys illuminating subtleties and nuances of a subject that often go unnoticed by the casual observer. In finding his subjects through his len he is also discovering himself.
Angie Tan & Gregory Burns, photographer / painter, California
Angie Tan, the daughter of one of Singapore’s pioneering contemporary painters Tan Yee Hong, grew up with pictures. Angie approaches architectural and landscape photography with the eye of an Impressionist, resulting in painterly abstracted compositions that blur the lines between photography and painting.
Gregory Burns holds an MFA in painting and has exhibited in seventeen countries throughout the world for 30 years. The couple has published two books in English and one in Mandarin, and has been featured on the BBC, CNBC, ESPN, CNA, CCTV and in The AWSJ, Time magazine and The China Daily.
Based in Singapore and California, the two have been working together for over a decade. Their mixed media two-dimensional artworks employ photography, paint and collage in order to make layered imagery that is both literal and abstract. Their latest series, "Singapore Shophouses" has been created in celebration of Singapore's 50th year anniversary as the iconic structures are so emblematic of the nation-state. The couple is pleased to bring these works to New York to share with an international audience.
www.angarts.com and gregoryburns.com
Sze-Chin Lee, mixed media artist / art therapist / art educator, Chicago
Since 2004, Sze-Chin Lee has been collecting memories of Singapore.
Sze-Chin's art practice focuses on themes of culture and nostalgia, and he utilizes borrowed memories to reimagine seemingly familiar and banal spaces. His artwork often combines the multimedia use of video, photography, and performance, in order to recreate experiences that question concepts of memory and time.
Sze-Chin is currently based in Chicago. His works have been exhibited in Centre Pompidou (France), Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Japan), and Sullivan Galleries (U.S.A.); he has also participated in the Busan Biennale and Ars Electronica Festival. In his latest work "Virtually Home," created to celebrate Singapore's 50th year of independence, Sze-Chin invites the audience in New York on a journey to explore virtual memories of Singapore.
Jimmy Ong, painter, Vermont
Jimmy Ong focuses on representations of the human figure in the traditions of drawing and painting. His earlier drawings have been pivotal in challenging and shifting the understanding of portraiture and figurative work in Singapore.
For this exhibition, Jimmy shares recent works that explore representation of the self in the portrayal of others in Chinese ancestor portraits and New England folk portraiture. Partly autobiographical, the paintings mediate on Jimmy’s forays into an unfamiliar artistic medium, the politics fuelling his journey to a new country, and the emotional estrangement of being away from home.
Jimmy’s works have been exhibited extensively in Southeast Asia, such as National Art Gallery in Malaysia and FOST Gallery, The Private Museum, and Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore. A winner of Charles Toppan Drawing Prize and recipient of the Anna K Meredith Fund Scholarship, Jimmy has also participated in several exhibitions in the States, such as at Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (New York) and ArtTrain Gallery (New York).