Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ung Ruey Loon: Moments Apart in a Foreign Land

Kay Ngee Tan Architects Gallery is pleased to present the work of photographer Ung Ruey Loon in an exhibition entitled Moments Apart in a Foreign Land.

Saturday, November 11 – Saturday December 16, 2006
Opening reception for the artist: Friday, November 10, 8 pm

Ung Ruey Loon is a photographer from Malaysia who is currently based in Singapore. He first came to Singapore for secondary school, and continued to study computer engineering at the National University of Singapore, while simultaneously pursuing photography in his own time. His past exhibitions include SimpliCity, exhibited at the Singapore History Museum in 2003, and Dance Around, exhibited at the Arts House in 2005. His studio along Selegie Road, Space217, is made up of a dynamic group of young photographers and was the venue for two group exhibitions organized by the Goethe Institut from 2004-2005, entitled Art ConneXions. He is currently working on a series entitled Thousands and Thousands as part of his residency at Objectifs in Singapore from October to December 2006.

As a photographer he confides that he is not privy to a special way of seeing; on the contrary, he intends to record things as they are seen by everyone else. Ruey Loon documents everyday scenes, not to reveal "inner beauty," but to assert intrinsic ordinariness as a virtue in its own right. Recently his work has become more process-driven, incorporating elements of performance while exploring projects on the passage of time. His influences include Art ConneXions peers Sherman Ong and Terence Yeung, as well as Wolfgang Tillmans, Paul Graham, Rinko Kawauchi, and Mami Iwasaki.

Moments Apart in a Foreign Land is an investigation into the state of being Ruey Loon felt during his first extended period away from home, in a "foreign land." While spending time in Japan, he felt profoundly disconnected from the time and place of his surroundings. From this detached vantage point, however, he was able to experience and distill "moments" in his environment in a purer and more basic way.

In Moments Apart, images arranged in a diptych format explore the complex relationship between man and nature. By documenting two points of his journey and placing them side by side, Ruey Loon represents the distance between them without directly showing it, resulting in the documentation of moments which exist outside of the photograph that are both real and re-imagined by the viewer.

Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 2-6pm, and by appointment

For further information, please contact the gallery.

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