Progress, Regress by Kenn Lam
Dimension: 29.7 (w) x 42.0 (h) cm | 11.7" x 16.5"
6 colour Risograph
Edition of 100
Signed and numbered
Printed on 170gsm uncoated acid-free paper
Subtle imperfections may vary
Knuckles & Notch (2022)
Progress, Regress is an exploration of my personal crossroads, specifically; the internal dialogue of past, present, and future. It is a visualisation of the tension between the grounding but sometimes encumbering past and the hopeful but unknowable future through lucid and surreal imagery - bringing a universality to an experience not uncommon among the overthinkers, ruminators, and frantics of the world.
Kenn Lam is an illustrator and visual artist with a deep interest in food; particularly through the lens of culture, history, and identity. He draws inspiration from an eclectic range of references that includes (but isn't limited to) Peranakan ornamental ceramics; Japanese woodblock prints; Chinese medicine labels and Victorian headstones. He's worked with clients such as HarperCollins, the Independent, and Vittles, as has displayed work at the New York Historical Society Museum and Society of Illustrators Museum, New York.
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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