YANG YONGLIANG: Fall into Oblivion I Talk and Opening Reception
YANG YONGLIANG: Fall into Oblivion
Opening Talk: Transforming Urban Image and Identity
Time: Saturday, 2 April 2016, 3:30–4:30pm
Speakers: Yang Yongliang, Randy Chan, Mark Goh
Moderator: Josef Ng
Language: Mandarin and English
RSVP is essential, limited seats available
Vernissage: Saturday, 2 April 2016, 5-7pm
In conjunction with the exhibition opening of “Fall Into Oblivion”, this talk aims to examine the changing landscape of cites and how urbanisation is challenging the identity of a city. Featuring speakers from diverse backgrounds, Yang Yongliang, Randy Chan and Mark Goh each have their own approach to understanding the phenomena of urbanisation. Artist Yang Yongliang deeply roots his practice in concerns relating to a city’s identity, while Randy Chan and Mark Goh are masterminds of major public projects and are well recognised in both the fields of architecture and contemporary art. This talk weaves a cross-cultural narrative to explore the global tendencies of urban living. The conversation will be moderated by Josef Ng, the exhibition curator.
Based in Shanghai, the artist is best known for the intricate landscapes he creates by integrating layers upon layers of urban and natural images together. Drawing from his formal education in the art of traditional Chinese shan shui (山水) painting, Yang’s work exudes a strong sense of traditional aesthetics, although he continually engages with the modern through his choice of media and content. Poetic and quaint as they appear from a distance, his landscapes unfold themselves as a fable of the development of modern civilisation upon closer views.
Director/Principal, Zarch Collectivities
Randy takes a multidisciplinary architectural approach to his projects and specialises in the convergence between art and architecture. He has won numerous awards for his commercial projects and is also actively involved in art projects. His personal works have been exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. He was the Creative Director of Singapore: Inside Out, a travelling showcase which was exhibited in Beijing, London, New York and Singapore in celebration of SG50. He also curated iLight Singapore 2016, which ensembled more than 20 light installations from local and international artists.
Urban Planner and Art Collector
Mark received his architecture training at Cornell and Columbia University and has been involved in urban planning and development in Singapore for over 15 years. Mark is also a passionate collector with his partner; together, they have built up the MaGMA Collection, which consists of more than 400 works by contemporary artists from China and Southeast Asia. Selected works from the collection have been exhibited in Singapore in 2010 and in Paris in 2014.
YANG YONGLIANG: Fall into Oblivion
Pearl Lam Galleries is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Chinese artist Yang Yongliang, opening on 2 April, 2016. The exhibition is a blend of moving image, photography, and painting, which showcases the expansive size and scope of Yang’s artistic practice. Through his works, the artist examines cultural and personal memory, highlighting moments of alignment—and discord—between the two.
The main highlight, Yang’s full-length film Fall into Oblivion, will make its Southeast Asian debut at the exhibition. Dressed in kendo armour and chasing after a tripedal raven guide, the protagonist in Yang’s film takes the audience on a journey through a timeless dreamscape. The film’s narrative is influenced by Yang’s reading of Tao Yuanming’s “Peach Blossom Spring”, in which the protagonist chances upon a utopian society detached from the urbane world. The armoured kendo warrior is anonymous and stands as a solitary figure amidst a busy metropolis. Though dignified in his armour, his mind is selfenclosed. He is alone and detached from the chaos of urban civilisation. The film also engages with what has been referred to as Zhuangzi’s great dream, where the melding of his lucid dreams as a butterfly with his waking life as a human being leads him to question the existence of any sort of reality.
Exhibition Dates: 2 April–2 May, 2016 Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–7pm;
Venue: Pearl Lam Galleries, 9 Lock Road, #03-22, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108937