Luke Heng & Liu Liling
Curated by Tan Siuli
28 May – 26 June 2022
Vernissage in the presence of the artists: Saturday, 28 May, 3-7pm
Mizuma Gallery is pleased to announce LHLLL, a two-person exhibition by Singaporean artists Luke Heng and Liu Liling, curated by Tan Siuli.
LHLLL brings into conversation the work of two artists, Luke Heng and Liu Liling. In their practices, both artists explore the possibilities of their respective mediums (painting and the photographic image) through processes that interrogate the formal and ontological limits of a constituent element. At the same time, their works question the boundaries and conventions of their respective mediums, oscillating between the two and three dimensional.
Conceived as a conversation in space, the exhibition eschews a title that may otherwise impose a definitive reading; instead it takes its name from the initials of the artists, which visually, suggest both the structural support and parameters of the frame that conventionally defines painting and photography. Here, the upper right half of the frame which would otherwise enclose the ‘grid’ is left open, suggesting an open-ended exploration.
LHLLL will run from 28 May to 26 June 2022. In conjunction with the exhibition, Mizuma Gallery will publish an e-catalogue with images of artworks by the artists and a curatorial text written by Tan Siuli.
About the Curator
Tan Siuli has over a decade of curatorial experience with a focus on contemporary art from Southeast Asia. Her exhibition projects include two editions of the Singapore Biennale (2013 and 2016), inter-institutional traveling exhibitions, as well as mentoring and commissioning platforms such as the President’s Young Talents exhibition series. She has also lectured on museum-based learning and Southeast Asian art history at institutes of higher learning such as the National Institute of Education as well as Lasalle College of the Arts. She is currently an independent curator and Contributing Editor (Digital Content) for ART SG.
About the Artists
Luke Heng (b. 1987, Singapore) is interested in the dialectics between painting, objects, and picture-making. His practice revolves around the conceptualisation and physical manifestation of painting with his works often responding to the history of painting while drawing from various art forms to influence his approach and process, constantly questioning the possibilities of a painting. Heng graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts in 2013 and MFA in 2020 from LASALLE College of the Arts in partnership with Goldsmiths University of London, which he attended on a scholarship. He has since been actively practicing art both locally and internationally. Luke Heng lives and works in Singapore.
Liu Liling (b. 1993, Singapore) works across painting and photography in the making of her images. Through her process-oriented practice, Liu is interested in exploring ideas of duration present in a static form, employing methods of erasure, layering, and repetition as approaches to the picture plane. She graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2019 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts (Hons). Recent exhibitions include Something Similar (2021) at starch, and Haze (2021) at I_S_L_A_N_D_S, Excelsior Shopping Centre, Singapore. Liu Liling lives and works in Singapore.