Exhibiting Artists: Yeo Siak Goon
Dates: 29 Nov 2007 - 09 Dec 2007
Bali is a magical island paradise that boasts a rich culture with countless ritual practices drawing from both Hindu and local beliefs. The Balinese treat the many unseen spirits of the land as honoured guests through their daily presentation of offerings (banten) of every imaginable form. The most complex offering might well be the series of elaborate dance-dramas for which Bali is famed - fulfilling functions of channelling, welcome or entertainment for the gods. It is this fascinating spectacle of ritual that senior Singapore artist Yeo Siak Goon has set out to paint. The stylized movements of dancers and the elaborate arrangements of flowers, fruit and leaves act as primary forms which the painter dabs out in colour against an indistinct ceremonial or temple backdrop. This painterly highlighting of the essential freezes a hidden smile or furtive hand gesture, but actively poises the viewer to expect the next stage in this bewitching revelation of Bali’s exotic mystique.
Yeo Siak Goon 杨昔银 has an enduring fascination for the female form, whether decked in full costume regalia as in his Balinese dancers, or serenely bereft of clothing as in his sensual beachside nudes. Playing extensively with negative space, Siak Goon loves to conceal as much as he reveals, deliberately omitting key portions of his figures for one’s mind to connect limb to torso, and indulge in a game of visual peek-a-boo. Born in 1957, Malaysia, he presently lives and works in Singapo