Ng Eng Tang’s take on geometrical shapes

This new exhibition showcases works that move away from the sculptor’s usual bulbous forms.

(13 May 2016, Friday) Bulbous sculptures and the mother and child form are the trademark shapes of the late sculptor Ng Eng Teng, but what is less well-known is that he also experimented briefly with geometrical shapes.

The latter was what caught the attention of NUS Museum assistant curator Kenneth Tay, who was fixated with the way the letters “ng” were repeated throughout his name. The repetitive nature of his name “got me looking into the artist’s body of work trying to examine his practice in terms of repetitions”, says Mr Tay. “From there I was drawn to the 1+1=1 series. The repetition of ‘1s’ is one reason, but also how the series repeats itself across its various iterations.”

First trained at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa), Ng furthered his art education in the United Kingdom between 1962 and 1964. He returned to Singapore in 1966 to set up his artist studio and actively practised as an artist until his death in 2001.

1+1=1: Reassembling the Ng Eng Teng Collection is an ongoing exhibition until 2018 in the permanent Ng Eng Teng gallery art NUS Museum, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent. Opening hours are 10am-7.30pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 10am-6pm on weekends. Closed on Monday and public holidays.

Media: The Business Times, Arts, Page 32

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