Night walk2021, 200 x 250 cm
Alvin Ong born 1988, in Singapore, lives and works in Singapore
Characterised by fluid compositions and surrealist forms, these dreamy, introspective paintings draw from the artist’s lived experience, as well as his own fertile imagination. Oscillating between restlessness and desire, the figure is presented as a site of metamorphosis: distorting and colliding with one another, as though wrought by internal conflict. Flowing forms fuse the external with the internal, accentuating the relationship between the mind and body, capturing the ephemerality of a collective psyche.
In “Binge Watch”, the body’s appetites unfurl in a spectacle of fragmented, yet intimate scenes, through which audiences are implicated as flaneur and voyeur. Framed by the pictorial screens they inhabit, faces are set against surreal hues evoking both natural and artificial light. Limbs grasp and idly reach for each another and their electronic devices in search of connectivity. Eyelids are often shut, dreamy, introspective and restless. Pictorial screens and objects are used to simultaneously demarcate and complicate exterior and interior realms. Food references and smart phones are a recurrent motif, functioning as physical projections and manifestations of multiple interior lives and desires, as they have increasingly become, in the words of the artist, “the mediums through which we relate to one another and create communal experiences, at this moment in time.”

The Artbarn
September 10 – November 30, 2022

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