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‘Gone By, Just Before The Present Time’ – An exhibition by Chen Sai Hua Kuan and Wang Ruobing
11 Nov - 26 Nov 2016 | 11am - 7pm (Mon - Friday) 10am - 6pm (Saturday)
50 Cuscaden Road, HPL House #01-01, Singapore 249724

‘Gone By, Just Before The Present Time’ features the latest mixed-media works co-created by artists Chen Sai Hua Kuan and Wang Ruobing. As suggested by the title, the works explore both artists’ personal and collective memories of historical landmarks in Singapore. Derived from a familiar form of child’s play, where images overlap and form optical illusions, the installation works allow viewers to participate in an interactive experience as they walk pass. In doing so, the viewer’s abstract sense of memories and places are translated into visual perception, hence being reminded of the transitory present. The exhibition leads viewers down memory lane through old and new landmarks featured in the works, such as the former National Library building which was demolished to make way for the Fort Canning Tunnel and the Lau Pa Sat food centre which is now surrounded by skyscrapers. The complex images dispel the sense of familiarity that is associated with these iconic landmarks and highlights the relationship between heritage and tradition. Through such an approach, both artists demonstrate the ways in which images of the past change over time and how the past is used for present progress