April 28, 2009

Jason Wee @ vwfa

Singaporean artist Jason Wee is the recipient of the Shell-NAC Scholarship, who completed his Masters Degree in Fine Art at Parsons School of Design in New York, 2006. A studio fellow at the Whitney Museum independent study program, he has founded his own artist-run space in Singapore called Grey Projects. Numerous solo and group exhibitions include the Singapore Art Museum, the Chelsea Art Museum, Peer Gallery (New York), and the Singapore Biennale 2006.

During his residency at Artspace Visual Arts Centre in Sydney in December 2007, Jason continued his research in the legendary voyages of Admiral Cheng Ho from Asia to Australia. Intrigued by the inaccuracy found in the maps used by Admiral Cheng, Jason started thinking about non-places and what they might look like.

RUINS is a moving composition of a Captain's beautiful and improbable journey through distant seas questioning history, geography and disputed maritime borders, imaginary spaces and endless seas lit by a surreal twilight.

These are mood pieces, studies of the shifts in light, following the horizon as it descends down the retina. This is what I imagine it might be like to be on a ship far from land, far from any markers of habitation, season, or location. All I see is sunlight, ocean and sky. Any hope of safe landing is ruined by the distance. The voyage becomes keyed to small changes in the horizon. On a ship like this, I would imagine that it would be hard to keep my eyes open. ~ Jason Wee

6 – 23 May 2009
Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur
1st Floor, 17 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Opening Hours: Mon - Fri, 12 - 8pm, Sat 12-6pm



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