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objects in the mirror
Supernormal, Singapore
12 August - 12 September 2019

[objects in the mirror] brings together selected works of artists Desiree Tham, Ryan Benjamin Lee, and Yeyoon Avis Ann, to unfold their use of perception-shifting strategies to reveal magical relationships between the material world and the mind.

The fundamental desire to enchant underlies both art and magic, which equally harness illusion, perception and the fabrication of alternative versions of reality to return captivated audiences to a sense of naivety and awe. The exhibition raises possibilities of the magical in wilfully surrendering to an incomplete, and even non-rational understanding of the world; both as a comforting illusion in an incomprehensible world, and as an active belief in the impossible, against the banality of the everyday.

Playing on the safety warning ‘objects in the mirror are closer than they appear’, it draws attention to the phenomenological experience of seeing, encountering, and believing.

Preview of publication below.

Click here to read curatorial essay, best viewed in full screen.


Co-curated with Ong Kian-Peng, Supernormal

Supported by | National Arts Council

Artists | Ryan Benjamin Lee, Yeyoon Avis Ann, Desiree Tham

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