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Acrylic on wood
Dimensions: 212.5cm (H) x 134.5cm (W) x 5.5cm (D) / 83.7" (H) x 53" (W) x 2.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Open My Heart, Ease My Task, Loosen the Knot on My Tongue takes its reference from the prayer of Moses when he was commanded to face the Pharaoh (Quran 20:25-27, Exodus 4:10). As much as it was for courage, the title points to a desire for ease and mutual communication. For every artist, art is essentially a vocabulary in the form of visual and experiential manifestations, one that surpasses language and cultures. And while many artists in Southeast Asia (and the world) continue to engage their audience through bold images and sharp critiques, Speak Cryptic chooses to draw upon the poetic based on personal histories and dreamlike edifices from an introspective vantage point.
Through his drawings, paintings, installations, public art and performance-based work, Speak Cryptic translates the symptoms and consequences of society’s capital-centric normalization through personal inquiries that stretch from ancestral migration, ethnic dislocation, civic gentrification, and the embodiment of alternative values from popular culture as personal coping and identity-forming mechanisms. Like artists such as Raymond Pettibon, Yoshitomo Nara and Barry McGee who arrived at contemporary art via urban art origins, Speak Cryptic forges a distinctively personal vocabulary to enable his art to engage an extremely diverse audience population; disrupting quintessential appraisals of contemporary art.
Speak Cryptic’s (b. 1980, Singapore) practice investigates the popular and underground cultures that permeate one’s ethnic identity, referencing the visual language of comics and music. Using himself as a model, he speaks of a distancing from Malay culture; blind faith in adopting Western sub-cultures as surrogate identities; and the pressures of living in a restrictive and constantly-changing urban environment. His notable exhibitions include Art from the Streets at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore (2018); Flying Supermarket at Koganecho Art Bazaar, Yokohama, Japan (2018); Sorry, Not Sorry at Officina delle Zattere in Venice, Italy (2015); Secret Archipelago at Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2015) and Future Proof at the Singapore Art Museum (2012). He was featured in Atypical Singapore (2018 – 2019), a touring exhibition which was presented in Moscow, Russia; Yangon, Myanmar; New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand and Hanoi, Vietnam.
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Based in: Singapore
Speak Cryptic (b. 1980, Singapore) is a visual artist working and living in Singapore.
Inspired by the visual language prevalent within the cultures of comics and underground music, his works primarily deals with the issues pertaining to the human condition. Utilising personal iconographies and a cast of characters that he has developed over the years, he applies them to various narratives inspired by his observations on current affairs and his immediate environment.
His previous exhibitions include a solo show at Officina Delle Zattere in Venice, Italy in 2015 and group exhibitions such as Secret Archipelago (Paris, 2015), Singapore Biennale (2013), Budi Daya (2014) and Future Proof (2012). He is a member of the DXXXXD Collective and plays the electric bass for the Singaporean based band, I AM DAVID SPARKLE.
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