Mulan Gallery presents To Have And Not To Hold, a solo exhibition featuring a series of charcoal and acrylic works by Singapore artist Henry Lee.
Mulan Gallery presents To Have And Not To Hold, a solo exhibition featuring a series of charcoal and acrylic works by Singapore artist Henry Lee. The exhibition will run from 5 to 26 October 2019. Evoking memory and cherished relationships through still lifes situated in and around the flat the artist has grown up in, To Have And Not To Hold comprises a series of intimate studies that examines the conception of home and belonging, the temporality of familial and social bonds, memory and loss, and the evolution of the self and identity. Imaginary dialogues enacted between these domestic objects conjure up intangible familial bonds and ties that have made the house a home over the years, their immanent presence made manifest in the material world. Consciousness is embodied on canvas in a series of relations to intentional objects, parts and parcels that form the fabric of existence – an inhabitant with a sense of belonging among others, a conscious being-in-the-world dwelling and at home. What happens when things are changed, broken or lost, by the ravages of time or otherwise? Like Saturn's rings that orbit at different speeds around the centre, one's myriad relationships and all their associated significances, debris and memories form a constant state of return and resurrection around the self, both a reminder of memory and loss and a promise of the future or horizon within the intrinsic temporality of consciousness. An underlying sense of anxiety pervades these works, a continuation of the artist's ongoing attempts to reconcile the difficulties of constructing a coherent self and identity in a world where change and fragmentation appear to be the only constants. The re-turn home is a revisiting of beginnings, of what has been and is, or will one day be no longer. It is a search for the foundation of the self, to centre the locus of dwelling within the uncertainty of an ever-changing society. / To Have And Not To Hold runs from 5 to 26 October 2019