Esplanade Presents

Visual Arts

Haven't seen you lately

Ian Woo (Singapore)

24 May – 1 Sep 2024

Mon – Fri: 11am – 8.30pm

Sat, Sun and PH: 10am to 8.30pm

Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

Detail of My favourite things, Ian Woo, 2023.
Installation view of When orchids dream of geometry, Ian Woo, 2023.
Detail of When orchids dream of geometry , Ian Woo, 2023.
Installation view of L, Ian Woo, 2024.
Installation view of Blood documents, Ian Woo, 2024.

Responding to the coast and the architecture of Jendela gallery, Haven’t seen you lately is an exhibition about the influence of abstract painting in relation to walls and windows. Taking the gallery windows as a starting point, wall interventions, pictures, objects and improvised music engage with aspects of scale, form and colour, acting as counterpoints to the dualities of interiority and exteriority.


The title of the exhibition is a common expression that often alludes to memory and the passage of time. It arose from a dream where the artist found himself arriving at a gallery opening, greeted by visitors with this refrain. Drawing upon abstraction as a source, the artist considers and arrives at junctures of form through making, looking and waiting. 


Held in conjunction with the exhibition, join artist in the talk In Conversation with Ian Woo, where he will delve into the concept and process behind the exhibition and expound on the idea of abstract painting in relation to space.

Admission Age:
6 and above.
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Ian Woo

Ian Woo (b.1967, Singapore) works in the language of abstraction. Influenced by forms of modernism, perceptual abstraction and the sound structures of music improvisation, his work is characterised by a sense of gravitational and representational change. He often uses the term ‘picture making’ when describing his position and approach, maintaining the discipline and development of painting as a vehicle for pictorial reflectivity. Woo has exhibited internationally, with works shown at National Gallery Singapore, Busan Museum of Art, Korea and Singapore Art Museum. 

Date & Time

24 May – 1 Sep 2024

Jendela (Visual Arts Space)
Mon – Fri: 11am – 8.30pm
Sat, Sun and PH: 10am to 8.30pm

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