Heman Chong

Heman Chong, Failure, 2000/2005, bunch of postcards, variable dimensions Heman Chong, Failure, 2000/2005, bunch of postcards, variable dimensions

Born in Muar, 1977. Lives and works in Berlin and Singapore.

Singapore artist HEMAN CHONG´s objects diffuse the division of everyday objects and art pieces by presenting an assortment of postcards that are used as a door-stopper in an exhibition, slightly irritating the viewers’ unconsciousness, until the story behind them is revealed: (CHONG sent them as an art-object to a gallery owner, who, thinking very little of their worth as art, used them to keep his door ajar. It was only much later, when the postcards were dirty and destroyed, that he returned them to the artist). This object pretends to not be art and is thus almost invisible due to our definition and perception of art. CHONG’s work described above also redefines the notion of the Trompe l´oeil or the Fake.

(Valeria Sculte-Fischedick, Shin Il Kim, Seeing the invisible, exhibition cat., 2006, Riccardo Crespi Gallery, Milan)