The Faces of Janus by Wong Tze Chau

The Faces of Janus by Wong Tze Chau

WHEN
4 – 23 January 2018
VENUE
Utterly Art
OPENING HOURS
Mon–Sat 2pm–8pm
Sun 2pm–5.30pm
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ADMISSION
Free Admission
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The Faces of Janus by Wong Tze Chau

Janus was the Roman god of beginnings, after whom the month of January may have been named. He has usually been depicted with two faces, one looking to the past, and one to the future. This multiplicity, yet unity, of being is what Singaporean artist Wong Tze Chau explores in his solo exhibition The Faces of Janus.

A tiger and zebra are conjoined by the commonality of their stripes. Monkeys, flautists and urinals are contrasted across periods, genres and cultures. An identity can be diametrically flipped across a playing card. Things can be very different… and yet, at its core, the same. Wong has been inspired by the surrealist way of juxtaposing opposite objects and ideas. He believes in symmetry, balance, and harmony beyond disparities, and relates to the Hindu principle of Oneness in all created things. Yin and yang evolved from Oneness, and eventually will return to the origin.


The Three Flautists, Wong Tze Chau, 2017. Image courtesy of Wong Tze Chau
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