Guo-Liang Tan

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Title

Guo-Liang Tan

Description

Guo-Liang Tan’s practice revolves around how the space of painting and writing can be charged with affect and otherness. Tan is interested in how this sense of absence, pointing towards an imagined past and/or future, frames our present-ness and of our subjectivities. Tension between the phenomenological and the psychological are played out in the process of painting and writing, staging congruencies and slippages that occurs within material and language.

Tan’s current research is the notion of touch as an indexical and invocative gesture. Inherent in the materiality of the fabric as a substrate to receive and retain traces is a certain resistance, which provides a counter- movement that simultaneously works along and against gestures of painterly touch. The final compositions are an interplay between design and chance which re(as)sembles traces and modes of Modernist abstraction while hinting at folds of the corporeal. Parallel to the paintings is a series of text-based videos that investigate the possibility of language to suspend the imaginary space between touching and not touching, speech and non-speech. Staging scenes between the haptic and the haunted, these works play with the conventions of reading and listening where voices register tones of intimacy and ambivalence in equal measures.

Date

7 December 2015 – 29 April 2016

Contributor

Coverage

Medium

Residency Item Type Metadata

Short Description

Guo-Liang Tan’s practice revolves around how the space of painting and writing can be charged with affect and otherness.

Location

Onsite (CCA)

Collaboration

No

Commissioned Work

No

Files

Guoliang-1.-Play-Dead-I.jpg
Guoliang2.-Witches_oiloncanvas_2012.jpg
Guoliang4_Guo-Liang-Tan_Fathom-Phase_2015.jpg
Guoliang4.-Untitled-Branch_acryliconboard_2013.jpg
Guoliang6.-Tetris_acryliconfabric_2014.jpg
Guoliang11_guo-liang_tan_blue2015.jpg

Collection

Citation

“Guo-Liang Tan,” NTU CCA Singapore Digital Archive, accessed May 24, 2022, https://ntuccasingapore.omeka.net/items/show/1270.