Ren Zi focuses on the role memory plays in our sense of identity & the world. This comes from having majored in psychology & the sense of loss growing up in a country whose past has all but been erased. Far from nostalgic, his works seem more like open-ended stories. They juxtapose scenes & figures from personal memory, history & mythology as invitation to weave your own connections/conclusions. His "7 elements" series, presented in his first solo show early 2013, draws upon the metaphorical elements that make up his personal cosmology to depict the transformational nature of memories.Returning to art after having spent his working life in the business of words, Ren Zi channels the mutative influences of popular culture, science & the multi-cultural strains that sift through the consciousness of his country.
See a selection of new works from the artist below:
26 October - 13 November 2015
OCBC Art Space, 65 Chulia St
About the exhibition:
Eschewing logic as the dominant means of understanding our world & ourselves, Yen Phang & Ren Zi have sought to apprehend our experiences through other ways of perceiving & processing information.
In many ways, their practices could be seen as chiral images of each other. Both deal with the phenomenological, yet adopt diametrically opposite foci (somatic vs psychological) & strategies (the language of science vs mythic archetypes).
∍∆∅∫⊥∞ : Invisible Frequencies seeks to capture a segment of their ongoing conversation, which follows a tradition of artistic correspondences, through conventional means & creative output. Also included among the works on show are selected email exchanges that serve as signposts to the spirit underlying their practice.
Find out more about Ren Zi here.
Images courtesy of the artist
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