by Yasmin Newman
The Art People Gallery graciously presents Tenacious, the first solo exhibition by Lisa Wong Sook Kuan, an emerging artist. With her large scaled exhibition, it portrays a very societal function as a window into the journey of someone who has constantly lingered on the outskirts of the societal norm. It showcases the struggles of a young woman, represented through a physical medium.
Within these artworks, the artist has utilized Tenacious as a transition journey, which is chosen to be portrayed through letting the viewers embark on the journey itself through her series of artworks.
Firsts, beginnings and conceptions,: starting out is a trial that every emerging artist endeavors through. Wong’s initial endeavors are best captured through her series Nothing Lasts Forever (2016- mid 2017) series, which displayed a dark yet intricate ink and acrylic pieces which are materially significant to the artist’s concept of ‘fleeing’ and the impermanent. Viewers can see this tenacious transition through the first piece to the last, as you begin to see the artwork growing out of their macabre cocoon. Out of that cocoon, emerges her latest series Wild (2017-present) which the artist has used to create an entirely unique creature in its own respect to cast triumph over doubts, anxiety, and futility.
Seeing this, of course, has shown us that the artist thinks of Wild as another developing stage and that every young woman goes through her doubts.
Visioning to the series Nothing Lasts Forever, we can perceive very gentle and downy flowers transpire from every conceivable crevice. The artwork itself exhibits flowers blooming endlessly however with a darker hue backdrop.
All different exhibits use different mediums and styles of art; however, her exhibition keeps the uniformity. Nothing Lasts Forever is closely linked towards the theme of flora which is also similarly linked to her Wild series. This shows more of a reflection of the artist herself. Her series of paintings are more optimistic which are clearly observed by admiring her vivid hues and monochromatic collage in a garden like an opus.
Coincidentally, this series is inspired by the artist’s protest towards her former life as a designer. Visually, we see that Nothing Lasts Forever are elements composed of beautiful designs; however, it has an undomesticated chaos element underlying each piece.
But best of all, we cannot ignore the whole gallery’s opening piece, Concealed Tenacity. Within the composition, a White Tiger gives an unflinching stare, conflicting with its deeply ornate background obscured by the tenacious spirit of the tiger.
As bold and out there as this artwork may seem, the artist speaks to those who seem unassuming, but ‘believe in upholding their principles with Vigor.’
Date: January 13th-27th, 2018
Venue: Art People Gallery (TAPG)