Wong Lip Chin (b. 1987, Singapore) is an interdisciplinary artist based between Singapore and Shanghai, his practice spanning the range from painting to installation to performance. He began his artistic career as a painter, but his more recent creative trajectory is centered on multi-sensorial modalities in art, especially the olfactory, auditory and gustatory. His works tend toward a strongly autobiographical bent, dealing with issues and shifts in his personal life, which are often related through narratives involving Lilou and Oomoo. The latter are two manga-like characters that serve as the artist’s alter egos, and were borne of his life-long fascination with the imagery and pictorial language of the wider visual world, from film to comics to design. Of late, his works have also addressed themes concerning speculative or vernacular histories pertinent to the folkloric traditions of the Sinosphere.
Wong was trained in printmaking at LASALLE College of the Arts, and graduated with a B.A. in 2009. He also served as an adjunct lecturer at the institution from 2014 to 2018. His first solo exhibition, “Now You See” (2009), which took place while he was still a student, was the result of a month-long residency organized in collaboration with the Marina Mandarin Hotel. His most recent solo outing, “Thousand Knives” (2015), was held at Galerie Michael Janssen, Singapore. Selected group exhibitions include those at STPI, Singapore (2007); National University of Singapore Museum (2009); ShanghArt, Singapore (2013); Yavuz Gallery, Singapore (2013); Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2014); Wei-Ling Gallery, Penang, Malaysia (2015); Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Republic of Korea (2015); Rarytas Art Foundation, Poznan, Poland (2016); 2 Cavan Road, Singapore (2020). Other projects include Fetter Field: Singapore Performance Art Event (2007); DRIVE, Gillman Barracks (2014); Singapore Art Museum Front Lawn commission (2016). In 2017, Wong set up Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones, a multi-concept store involving F&B, retail and lifestyle components.
sometimes i (you) don't dive hard enough, Yeo Workshop., 2020
The present exhibition marks Wong’s first solo collaboration with Yeo Workshop. The title of the show is a sound clip, which can be accessed only by scanning the QR code - designed by the artist - that serves as a key visual reference; the show is also subtitled “sometimes i (you) don‘t dive hard enough”. Most of the paintings in the exhibition were produced in 2014, when Wong was a relatively young artist, and struggling to articulate a personal creative vision and to negotiate his place in the broad, complex world of contemporary art. Viewed collectively, these works offer an almost diaristic glimpse of the artist’s mental universe at that stage in his life, an autobiographical tale told in a series of flatly delineated, vibrantly coloured images that evoke the pictorial vocabulary of graphic design or comic books. Wong’s paintings, in fact, may be said to recall a particular lineage of postmodernist aesthetics, namely, Pop Art.
Read about the works in this exhibition in the artist's latest interview with us in our magazine here.KNOW MORE
Strange Things, Singapore Arts Club, Singapore, 2020KNOW MORE
Thousand Knives, Galerie Michael Janssen, Singapore. , 2015
Now You See, Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore, 2009
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Writing from solo exhibition "Thousand Knives" at Michael Janssen Singapore, 2014.- Download PDF