Esplanade Presents

Visual Arts

The Long and Oblique View

Mike HJ Chang (Taiwan, USA, Singapore)

18 Jan – 5 May 2024

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All Day

Esplanade Tunnel

Free
Work-in-progress image from The Long and Oblique View, Mike HJ Chang, 2024. Image courtesy of the artist
Work-in-progress image from The Long and Oblique View, Mike HJ Chang, 2024. Image courtesy of the artist.
Synopsis

The Long and Oblique View comprises a series of wall-oriented objects crafted from various materials, such as acrylic, foam, paper pulp, 3D printing, ceramic, electrical trunking and text-based works. Unfolding across the Esplanade Tunnel, the works are interwoven to construct a visual narrative, drawing from two consistent themes in Chang’s work: the faculty of sight and the formation of space.

 

In conceptualising these works, Chang responds to the linear and elongated characteristic of the space by experimenting with ideas of stretching and its potential to create effects of distortion, interference and obstruction. These artistic explorations are inspired by the artist’s everyday experiences and manifest in various ways. Some works evoke physical obstructions and representations of getting caught or trapped. Others delve into aspects of seeing and perception by playing with natural phenomena like condensation and evaporation, the connections between visibility and light, as well as employing devices associated with vision. This interplay of expanding motifs and contrasting forms is brought together through Chang’s enduring sense of humour, a consistent thread undergirding his practice.

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Artist Information

Mike HJ Chang

The practice of artist and educator Mike HJ Chang (b.1982, Taiwan) spans diverse mediums, including sculpture, installation and drawing. His works frequently challenge conventional perspectives of sight and redefine accepted norms regarding objects. Through play and humour, his works alter our perception of an object’s utility, our relationships with them, and the environments they inhabit. Chang has exhibited in various solo shows such as Calendar of Dilation (2020) and The Body and the Seed (2018) at Yeo Workshop, Singapore. Additionally, he has participated in various group exhibitions such as The Genius of the Crowd, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (2017) and Suppose There is A, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2017). 

Date & Time

18 Jan – 5 May 2024

Esplanade Tunnel
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