Truth versus Fiction: Heman Chong’s Abstracts from the Straits Times
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Conceptual artist Heman Chong plays with themes of truth versus fiction in a series of works that involve digitally repeating pages from Singapore’s national newspaper, the Straits Times.
Herman Chong (b. 1977) is a Malaysia-born, Singapore raised-and-based artist. Chong has spent the past year working on a new series, titled Abstracts from The Straits Times. This is his third solo show with gallery Rossi and Rossi.
These works touch on the prevalence of conflicting values and contradictions in our lives that have consistently haunted his work for the past fifteen years; fact and fiction, appearance and reality, secrets and lies.
Walking into the exhibition, one is confronted by twelve large-scale images that were produced by digitally repeating entire pages from the national paper of Singapore, The Straits Times. The resulting effect is the visage of illegible layers of text and images that quietly slip into abstract imagery.