Poet in a dark room

Art November 18, 2017 01:00

By The Nation

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Jason Wee, an artist and writer from Singapore and New York brings his new photo-based installation “Stand. Move. (A Labyrinth)” to H Project Bangkok in an exhibition that runs through January.



Developed from Wee's recent artist-in-residency at Singapore’s Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), the installation comprises two dozen cloth panels printed over with photographic images, arranged in the shape of a tall maze. This labyrinth recalls the dark rooms and other lurid dimensions of queer cruising, as well as a theatrical experience of barriers and walls. Playing up the eroticised pursuit of signs and misdirection, sexual ‘orientation’ in Wee’s installation becomes a literal search for direction in the cities he’s intimate with.

Photographic images printed on chiffon and polyester silk are pushed to the edge of illegible abstraction, provoking questions of recognition and misrecognition in our navigation of queer spaces.

Wee is an artist and a writer working between architecture, art, photography and poetry. A graduate of Harvard University, the New School New York and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Programme, he directs Grey Projects in Singapore, an artists’ space, library and residency programme. An editor for the poetry journal Softblow, his writings have appeared in multiple anthologies, including Best Singaporean Short Stories 2016. He is a Singapore Art Museum Voters Prize Winner.

H Gallery Bangkok is at 201 Sathorn Soi 12 and opens daily from 10am to 6pm except Tuesdays. 

For more information, call (085) 021 5508.