• Installation view of Moses Tan, borrowed intimacies
  • Installation view of Moses Tan, borrowed intimacies
  • Installation view of Moses Tan, borrowed intimacies
  • Installation view of Moses Tan, borrowed intimacies
  • Installation view of Moses Tan, borrowed intimacies
  • Installation view of Moses Tan, borrowed intimacies
  • Moses Tan, Unholy object #7, 2020, polymer clay and stainless steel earring, dimensions variable
  • Moses Tan, Suspicious activity 3, 2020, graphite on gesso hardboard canvas, 17.7 x 12.5 cm
  • Moses Tan, Suspicious activity 5, 2020, graphite on gesso hardboard canvas, 20.3 x 25.3 cm
  • Moses Tan, Careless whispers, 2020, graphite on gesso hardboard canvas, 15 x 10.5 cm
  • Moses Tan, Veritable oust, 2020, graphite on gesso hardboard canvas, 17.7 x 12.5 cm
  • Moses Tan, One more try?, 2020, graphite on wood, 15 x 15 cm
  • Moses Tan, hushed propositions, detail, 2020, polymer clay and aggregate, dimensions variable
  • Moses Tan, Unfounded intimacies, 2020, video, colour, audio, 1920 x 1080, edition of 5

Moses Tan

borrowed intimacies

1 Dec 2020 - 8 Jan 2021

Yavuz Gallery Singapore is pleased to present Singaporean-artist Moses Tan in borrowed intimacies.

borrowed intimacies is a presentation of new works examining various layers surrounding queerness, failure, allegory and intimacy. Using the oft-used bedroom as a starting inspiration point, the works occupy an installation wherein the public and private meld. The glass case, a metaphor for the closet, litters the space where audiences are invited to partake in the intimacy afforded by various sites and locales. A waft of quiet melancholia permeates the space as one intuits it affectively.

A combination of drawings, clay objects and video, the works intermingle in various disarrays. Hidden meanings take over articulative language, orientations take over text, and objects function as desires. The inability to articulate manifests in different forms, from visual to textural, auditory, and experiential.

Click here for an interview and walk-through by the artist.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Moses Tan’s (b. 1986) work explores histories that intersect with queer theory and politics while looking at melancholia and shame as points of departure. Working with drawing, video and installation, his interest lies in the use of subtlety and codes in the articulation of narratives. He graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA(Hons) in Fine Arts and a BA(Hons) in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry from Nanyang Technological University.

He was awarded the Noise Singapore Award for Art and Design in 2014, Winston Oh Travel Research Grant in 2016, and the LASALLE Award for Academic Excellence in 2016. He has exhibited across Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, amongst others, including at spaces such as Grey Projects (Singapore), 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Australia), Hidden Space (Hong Kong), Indiana University (USA), Kunst Im Dialog (Germany). In 2018, Tan completed the Equal Justice Residency at Sante Fe Art Institute (USA).