“Sometimes you prioritize your mindsets to a definite matter, like old age you grow inflexible or mould a subconscious defiance to learn. You probably change, but usually you plateau. You might think you’re growing, because you shuffle around the same dirty end, trying to find a replacement or an explanation. You’re determined to find it, but end up feeling jaded, or you get scared. But like Dali says, “Do not fear perfection you will never reach it”.
Yeo Workshop presents an series of paintings by artist Wong Lip Chin from 2013 at Crane Club Joo Chiat, the neighborhood described by the Business Times Singapore (BT Lifestyle) as a thriving F&B enclave and a gentrifying hip neighborhood.
Stolen Moment revisits an earlier series of paintings from 2013 that took Wong an extended period of time to complete; the artist suffered from anxieties of choosing career in the arts, and after months of soul searching to rediscover his artistic voice. These works offer an almost diaristic glimpse of the artist’s mental universe at that stage in his life while reflecting on how his stylistic language has developed and evolved from his first solo exhibition in the early days ‘Now You See Me’ in 2009. This pictorial style reminiscent of Pop Art and comic books continue to inform his practice today, as one is able to draw resonances between the works here and his most recent paintings at Yeo Workshop’s main gallery in Gillman Barracks.
"It was when I went to Europe desperately seeking for this success when something SLAPPED me at the back of my head that woke me up. It has been a year. I remember crying in my own spell and with all the issues that I have been troubled with- seems so clear to me now.
Why do I only prioritize my mindsets to a definite matter? To grow, I need to build. Why can’t I learn from my failures and combine my inspirations and finally execute it. Discipline. My final learning from Stolen Moment. At that moment, in Vienna, I didn’t wait one chance to absorb the beauty or enjoy my stay. I had to come home." - Wong Lip Chin
Crane Club Joo Chiat
285 Joo Chiat Rd
Crane Club Website
Please note that the exhibition is on the second floor of Crane Club Joo Chiat. Since the club is private and for members only, visitors to the club should state that you are guests of Yeo Workshop for entry to view the exhibition.