Singapore/ Australia b.1962
Swimming: at least 8 points of view 2007
Four-channel video installation, hard drive and DVD formats: 10:10 minutes, colour, sound (originally recorded on high definition video), ed. 1/3
The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art.
Purchased 2008 with funds from Michael Simcha Baevski through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
25 October 2008 — 15 February 2009, 3.1 GoMA
Recent Asian and Pacific acquisitions consider a sense of place, particularly in connection with water. Matthew Ngui’s video work Swimming: at least 8 points of view 2007 offers an immersive, constantly shifting perspective, while Australian artist Scott Redford’s ecstatic surf paintings convey the sense of freedom associated with riding the waves. Christopher Pease’s painting Minang Boodjar 2007 explores how Indigenous people and Europeans regarded each other in those initial coastal encounters, and Richard Killeen’s cut-out work combines Maori symbols with contemporary iconography to convey a narrative of exploration. The ink paintings of Singaporean artist Tang Da Wu gather portraits around a well, registering the erosion of village communities through urban development.