Sam Yong, emerging local artist, has returned from his shared exhibition at Rock en Seine Festival in Paris, to present his first solo exhibition ‘Unnatural Selection’.
Yong’s exhibition of new works present the delicate balance of life and death in the natural world in an unfamiliar way. The intricate detailed graphite and colour pencil illustrations depict both flora and fauna intertwining with one another; reflecting on the complex relationships between all living things in nature and how they affect each other.Artistic elements of tension, unfamiliarity and unease are illustrated in Unnatural Selection, where nature and predators who have never met are placed together to bring emotional human involvement.
“I try to capture both the cruel simplicity of nature, but also bring some kind of human element to it too. I guess I’m trying to rationalize my own emotions about mortality. The challenge is trying to express my human emotion using non-human subject matter”
The featured artworks in Unnatural Selection are carefully crafted by Yong and collectively add up to hundreds of hours of delicate work. Yong’s shares for the first time, his artwork for public viewing and an opportunity to escape into his beautiful intricate world.
IN SEARCH OF HAPPINESS
This show is a documentation of my journey from when I started to pursue happiness in the form of art making. The journey is grouped into three sections: Relationship, Self fulfillment and Health. Relationship is about discovering different chemistry with every person we spend time with, and ultimately spending more time with the ones who make you feel the best. Gain and maintaining fulfillment is a big part of our life long journeys and it should come in healthy doses. The connection of our body and mind is like a well constructed machine. If you don’t take of your health, everything else becomes irrelevant.
AND THEN WE CAN SPEAR IT
Four dancers immersed in a sonic landscape of sine-waves, silhouette and spoken word. This series of projections and prints captures the exhilaration and trepidation of being thrown into the unknown. The projections are a ‘moving-portrait’ of each dancer, in response to text from All The Nights, written by Myfanwy. The prints are an inter-play of adapted sinewaves, pianola roll silhouettes and stills of the dancers from film footage. The work is an extension of Myfanwy’s recent collaboration with dancers Ineke De Graaf, Julius Bright Sackey, NareeVachananda and Adam Forbes.