Artist highlights from our #EPHEMERA Exhibition on 12th November 2016 at The Substation featuring photography, paintings, drawings, blueprints and performance.
The Car Park, by Shyue Woon
Earlier this year during one of my counseling sessions, I was advised to keep a diary of my thoughts and reflections. A few weeks into the exercise, I realized my thoughts were better communicated in visual form than in writing or verbalization. Without the structural constraints of language, photography became a way for me to communicate with my inner-self, as it is more intuitive and open to interpretations. I feel ‘safer’ to share my images to outside world, while keeping my inner-self intact. At some point, I found myself drawn to the mystery gloomed by a dark, confining multi-storey carpark. With a hint of fear, I ventured into the void. I soon traced unexplained evidence that led to unsolvable puzzles. I don’t know what to make of my investigation, maybe this is how I interpret the carpark to be, a Purgatory, a space that is neither heaven nor hell.
Shyue Woon is an architect, and photography is his tool to look for subtext in the built environment. His interest in photographic narrative led him to create photobooks in the intertwining of built environments with different disciplines in art. During the day, he uses architecture to turn aspiration and dreams into constructible reality. By night, the camera becomes his tool to deconstruct and reverse reality and spaces into fiction and dreams. He was selected in the Mt Rokko International Photography Festival Emerging Photographers Showcase 2016 and his work has previously been exhibited in Japan, Odessa (Ukraine), Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore; For publications, his works were selected for +50, a collective for Singapore’s Photographers; and “Thank you, Mr Lee” (2015), a book tribute to late LKY.