An Exhibition about Art
Goh Chun Aik
22 to 31 December 2023, 11am to 7pm
Presenting a series of works that delve into the subject of contemporary art, Goh Chun Aik’s first solo exhibition, "An Exhibition about Art," is also a culmination of his personal journey into the art world. Bringing together ideas developed over the past six years, this body of work draws from his personal experiences as an arts worker with no formal training and as an aspiring arts practitioner. These works strive to examine themes such as art’s relationship with its audience, the idea of exclusivity, the role of context, and the art world ecosystem.
He achieves this through an extensive examination and questioning of common materials and phenomena in an art gallery context, such as the press release and the setting of a white cube space. He also reflects upon our surroundings and conceptions of art – from patches of white paint around residential areas to thought experiments that raise questions regarding perceptions. These explorations are centralized upon his dual identity as an arts worker and an artist, which is deconstructed through a performative installation in this exhibition.
Through a wide range of mediums, Goh’s works are manifestations of both his continual bid to delve deeper into contemporary art and his perpetual attempts to understand his relationship with art – as a gallery worker and an artist. Having organized and produced countless exhibitions and programs for various artists over the years in his full-time job, he can now, for the first time, fully demonstrate his artistic practice in the form of a solo exhibition. This exhibition thus serves both as an invitation for the exchange of perspectives on contemporary art and as a personal milestone for him thus far.
The artist's creative odyssey began with a quest to decode the essence of contemporary art. Drawing from a range of viewpoints and dimensions within the art realm, they meticulously crafted a series of conceptual works aimed at addressing their initial queries about art. This expedition, intriguingly, only unveiled more queries, beckoning them to plunge deeper into the intricate layers of art's nature.
Marking a significant juncture, this exhibition stands as a checkpoint in the artist's ongoing rapport with art. Their involvement in the art industry, from their role within galleries to their presence as an exhibited artist, along with the initiation of diverse projects and interactions within the art community, has cultivated a unique perspective that guides their artistic exploration.
Structured into four distinct sets, the exhibition is a showcase of artworks that explore discrete facets of art. It contemplates the dynamic relationship between art and its audience, examines the complex fabric of art's exclusivity, and dissects the profound impact of context on the interpretation of art.
Visitors are invited to join in this immersive journey through the realm of contemporary art. The exhibition serves as a reflection of the artist's progression – from wrestling with fundamental queries to embracing the rich, multifaceted world of art. As observers navigate the intricate nuances of art and introspection, the artist's aspiration is to spark dialogues, introspection, and novel perspectives that resonate far beyond the gallery space.
About the Artist(s)
Based in Singapore, Goh Chun Aik is interested in the human mind and how we perceive the world. He believes that reality is built upon perceptions. Trained in psychology, he engages with art as a form of self-expression and a platform for the exchange of narratives and ideas.
His practice strives to investigate our relationships with each other, with art, and with the world; and does so through extended observation of what is visible and ruminating on what lies beneath the surface. Goh works mainly in image-making but aims to utilise any form of presentation that best expresses an idea.