Sunday, November 20, 2016



FEATURING an exciting variety of materiality relating to SEAsian Narratives, LOOK to SEE @ SGFA PRESS RELEASE LOOK to SEE November 25, 2016 – Janu

Mok Yee - Wave 75mm  reflectors   SGFA for GW-KL 2016
Mok Yee, Wave, Reflectors, Fluid Installation
FEATURING an exciting variety of materiality relating to SEAsian Narratives,
Bibi Chew  Landed 4  acrylic ink on watercolour paper  63.2cm x 53.1cm  2016
Bibi Chew, Landed 2016

November 25, 2016 – January 25, 2017
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LOOK to SEE, an launching with SGFA’s participation in the GALLERY WEEKEND KUALA LUMPUR 2016 (, unveils the recent works of established Malaysian artists Bibi Chew, Zac Lee, and developed works by relative new comer, Mok Yee. All three artists work with focussed intention, strategic technique , producing only a few works every year.
Each artist uses distinct materials. Bibi Chew employs local content to create delicate works that reflect lightness despite the layers of weighty message they are founded on.
Zac Lee’s translucent, painterly imagess on jute speak to the challenges of biased and inefficient systems.
Mok Yee uses available materials to shape visions of community, compromise and content, informed by a disciplined and intuitive sense of spacial placement.
And so, LOOK to SEE has evolved to become exactly that, a showcase of beautifully crafted works that on general glance are importantly, just that – beautiful. On closer examination, the details reveal more to See, to connect and develop the Mind and also the Eye.
Moved by ideas of cultural identity, Bibi Chew takes on challenging issues of race, environment and gender, creating commentary through familiar objects. She has used and transformed leaf-wrapped bundles, eggs, glass bottles, sand, wooden boards, butterfly catchers and coffee strainers into metaphors for marginalisation, destruction and containment. She has carved, stitched and layered pieces into a united form.
Her work speaks of a delicately controlled self, presenting beauty with layers of meaning.
Living in Malaysia, a nation where even one’s identification card details race – the issues of cultural difference and institutionalised ethnicity are unavoidable. Chew deals with these issues pragmatically, combining an acknowledgement of reality and an ability to see beyond containment and boundaries. Recently, she completed a site commission for the Iskandar Art Project, Johor Bahru, using a local bridge as a platform to showcase her iconic Wind Catchers.
Chew has won a number of important accolades including: The Young Contemporary Awards 2000, National Art Gallery Malaysia; The Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Space, International Visiting Artist’s Studio Residency; and the Most Outstanding Student Award, School of Fine Arts, LaSalle-SIA, College of the Arts, Singapore. She was a nominee for the Smithsonian Artist Residency in 2012.
Zac Lee's fluid strokes study sublime behaviours and relationships, presenting 'trace evidence' of cultural, societal and personal instincts and interactions. Objects and forms are metaphors for individual and community, often showing contemporary applications of traditional folklore and national iconography.
With a strong training in Chinese brush and traditional painting genres, Lee embraces experimentation in his growing contemporary practise, which includes painting, photography, silk screening and digital. He continues to engage with realism, abstraction, language and illustration to present psychological puzzles and make elegant social commentary.
Lee was awarded the Vermont Studio Fellowship in 1997, and the Three Shadows Residency , Beijing, in 2011. In 2014 he was a Finalist for the Sovereign Art Prize and again nominated in 2015.
With annual showings of work in Kuala Lumpur and New York, and inclusion in significant public and private collections locally and internationally, Lee is a valuable voice for regional contemporary commentary.
Mok Yee works in many formats, including installation. He uses readily accessible materials as tools for expressing on his own culture and political leanings. Through this material vocabulary, he re-interprets and re-constructs the characteristics and purposes of these objects, creating elegant designs weighted with commentary but light to the view.
Mok Yee is also a member of the famed Hands Percussion, a musical ensemble known for distinctive sound display, performance and training, that results in unique audience engagement. He attributes his sensitivity to spacial placement, a sense that signficantly influences his aesthetic practise, in part, to this training in addition to a natural affinity to the dimensional.
He has exhibited his work locally and internationally, including in London, Korea and Germany, since 2012 and is a graduate of Middlesex University, London (2014) and the Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur (2010).




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