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The Straits Times, Monday, August 10, 2015, Page C7By Heman Chong

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UV Print, Uv print on unprimed canvas

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Dimensions: 200cm (H) x 130cm (W) x 3.8cm (D) / 78.7" (H) x 51.2" (W) x 1.5" (D)

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Artist Statement

Heman Chong perhaps reads the Straits Times closer than anyone else. Abstracts From The Straits Times is a series of repetitive abstractions from Singapore’s primary daily newspaper. The artist’s abstracts are based on a cache of printready PDFs of the newspaper that he found online.

Through Chong’s abstractions, it becomes impossible to read the newspaper rather than the repetition of images illustrating news stories, insisting on the image and the design of the page-canvas as a self-evident statement.

In a media landscape policed by the expanded understandings of political correctness, POFMAs (Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act), accusations of ‘fake news’, trials of public opinion and ‘deep-fake’ technology.


Artist Profile

Born: 1977
Hometown: Singapore
Based in: Singapore

Heman Chong is an artist, curator and writer. He received his M.A in Communication Art & Design from The Royal College of Art, London in 2002. His conceptually-charged investigations into how individuals and communities imagine the future generates a multiplicity of objects, images, installations, situations and texts.

In 2006, he …


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