A Fish Alive by Juan Yong
Dimension: 42.0 (w) x 29.7 (h) cm | 16.5" x 11.7"
4 colour Risograph
Edition of 100
Signed and numbered
Printed on 225gsm uncoated acid-free paper
Subtle imperfections may vary
Knuckles & Notch (2022)
“A Fish Alive” is a scene of futility and absurdity. The dreamscape, while exploring the relationship between man and nature, also expresses an existential sense of going nowhere, of defeat and helplessness.
The piece is a further exploration of Phua’s fascination with the relationship between digital and physical mediums. In creating this image, Phua first sculpts the elements in VR, then paints over them digitally, before lighting and composing the image on 3D software.
Phua Juan Yong is an artist whose primary focus is image-making through 3D software. In recent years, his work has centered around pursuing the qualities of paintings through digital means. That fascination has since evolved into an exploration of the broader relationship between the physical and the digital, be it in presentation, experience, and consumption.
Exhibition curatorial statement
Having sentience, consciousness, and the capacity to dream is what makes us unique beings.
Essentially, what we experience in our life determines how we perceive our future, create memories, and how we dream. Without our memories, genetics, and history, we cease to exist. It's a life cycle that gives us the ability to evolve as humans and as living creatures. Even the way we dream, or even daydream, is part of what makes us who we are.
This print exhibition features the interpretations of dreams by 14 (local and international) visual artists, elaborating on their own dreams to create dream manifestations that become reality. These dreams run deep and wild in the artists' subconscious minds, influencing their art and shaping them into unique artists with distinct visions and styles. The unseen and intangible things that they’ve experienced externally and in their minds become the visuals they create outside reality, giving birth to art once unimaginable.
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