A group exhibition featuring textile works by Ian Tee, Moses Tan, Zarina Muhammad and Zulkhairi Zulkiflee, The Direction I Rub One Matters highlights how tactility possesses its own affect; it offers intimacy, comfort, security, and melancholy, among others.
The intensities provoked by cloth closely held against skin brings to the fore of our consciousness our desire for and fears of mutuality, shelter, protection, and isolation. The materiality of our optimistic longing can also be the instantiation of our troubling anxiety. Just as suede changes shade when brushed, the space between the clothed and unclothed, between body and body, can change in perceptible, contrapuntal ways.
Opening: 18 July 2018, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: 19 July – 25 August 2018
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About the Artists
Ian Tee’s (b. 1994) practice investigates the social space of abstraction through questioning surfaces and form. Conflating visual language from art history to youth subcultures, he is interested in how aesthetic narratives can be reworked and recontextualised. His work manifests in a variety of media – destroyed metal paintings, bleached and dyed textiles, collage, and modified clothes.
Ian Tee completed his BA Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2018. He is a recipient of the Ngee Ann Kongsi scholarship and winner of the 2017 Cliftons Art Prize for Singapore. He is also a contributing writer for Art Republik magazine.
Moses Tan (b. 1986) is an artist based in Singapore. He is interested in research surrounding queer melancholia, resistance through poetic forms and history. Employing drawing, video, sound and materials, he is interested in creating experiences.
He graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts and a BA (Hons) in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry from Nanyang Technological University.
Zarina Muhammad is an independent researcher, curator, arts practitioner and educator based in Singapore. She lectures on art history and cultural/contextual studies at LASALLE College of the Arts. Currently, Zarina is working on a multidisciplinary research project on cultural translations pertaining to ritual magic, Southeast Asian mythologies, animism and folk religion, sacred sites and the cross/intercultural interpretations of witchcraft. She has presented her work in Indonesia, Cambodia, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.
Zulkhairi Zulkiflee (b. 1991) is a visual artist, educator, and exhibition-maker based in Singapore. His practice explores the notion of Malayness in relation to knowledge production, the social agency and distinction/ taste.
Zulkhairi has exhibited in group exhibitions such as the Young Talent Programme (2017) by the Affordable Art Fair Singapore and ION Art, CICA Contemporary Photography Exhibition Summer 2017 at the CICA Museum, South Korea, as well as Untapped Discovery (presented by Visual Arts Development Association) (2016) at SHOPHOUSE 5, Singapore. His art zine, Pisau & Timun (Knife & Cucumber), has also been acquired by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), catalogued under the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and shown at The New York Art Book Fair (NYABF) 2016, MoMA PS1, New York. Zulkhairi has organised alternative group exhibitions like LUCKY show (2018), RAID (2018), RUANG (2017) and Dancing on the Spot (2016).