|Walk In or Walk Out
This project began with the idea of an exhibition within an exhibition - a space within a space. It is, a text and visual presentation of an artist's creative oeuvre, at the same time reviewing the continuous changes of our social and historical settings.
Tan Chin Kuan was one of the many outstanding artists of the 90's. His work and mannerism at times controversial, is nevertheless a worthy subject matter. Born in Johor Baru in 1966 and graduated from the Fine Art department of the Malaysia Institute of Arts in 1987, he began teaching at the institute in 1991.
Tan first caught the attention of the art scene with his representative Blue Night Series, and had also won numerous times the Young Contemporaries Arts Award. He had held solo exhibitions in Kuala Lumpur and Fukuoka, and participated in shows such as the "New Art From South East Asia 1992", "Osaka Triennale 13 - Painting", and the "5th Asian International Art Exhibition".
The subtitle of this project - "Walk In or Walk Out" comes from Tan's original proposal for the "Museum City Tenjin '94" show, which failed to realize. And the project presents documentations on Tan in a manner echoing his very style.
As R.A.P. has shifted from operating an independent space to its current space-less state, thus designing a temporary structure as a standalone yet open exhibiting galleria, which would also reflect on LGS being a combined space for art and living. The structure is positioned at the doorframe connecting the two main halls, to actively engage the audience and dwellers of the space. The exhibition is divided into 4 thematic areas, namely "Blue Night Series", "Young Contemporary Arts Award", "International activities" and "Additional".
The exhibit appropriates Tan's iconic symbols as a unique visual cue, emphasizing the correlation between a particular theme with its relevant visual display. Teasing out the differences between ideology and sentiment, art and society, the pass and present, this temporary galleria could become a bridge for possible dialogue.