OUR ArtProjects proudly presents Light & Space | 得意忘形 — the eighth solo exhibition by Liew Kwai Fei. Named after Dulux Light & Space ready-made emulsion paint, which claims to “reflect up to twice as much light and make the room brighter and more spacious”, Light & Space hints at the non-physical and the transcendental while the Chinese title, 得意忘形 complements the former by referring to the attainment of a higher state of mind when one transgresses form. Deriving from the Latin prefix trans-, meaning “beyond,” and the word scandare, meaning “to climb,” transcendence implies an achievement or a state of being beyond ordinary and physical limitations.

Consisting of complementary pairs of works on paper and modular paintings on linen, the exhibition attempts to bring out the qualities of a transcendental experience by creating a sense of lightness and a space for contemplation. The humility and omnipresence of emulsion paint are what drew Liew to the medium. We live in spaces surrounded by ready-made emulsion paint in our homes and offices — yet we do not notice its presence.

Throughout Liew’s artistic practice, he has been exploring different forms and possibilities through painting. In Light & Space | 得意忘形, the modularity and site-specific arrangements of the works open up possibilities for them to be viewed as paintings, sculptures and/or objects. On the whole, Light & Space | 得意忘形 suggests an avenue through which viewers can reclaim the spiritual in a materialistic society.


In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be an artist talk with Liew Kwai Fei and Sharon Chin on Saturday, 28th April 2018 at 3:00pm.