Yeo Shih Yun

SurpriseShih Yun's reflections on her residency:

"During my residency at Youkobo, I explored the unusual means of making art using toy robots. These little "machines" inform the creative process by replacing the personal touch or signature stroke with a mechanical means. The result is a collaboration between the toy robots and me. I also collaborated with my former graphic design classmate from LASALLE College of the Arts (1999–2001), Kunihiro Masuko, and his technician Yoshimi Yomogida, who has more than 30 years of experience in offset printing.

Kunihiro Masuko recently took over his father's print shop and has a printing machine that can print up to A3 size and 1 colour and that is good for short print-runs. The process of offset printing is often very precise and perfect. Yet in this collaboration with Mr. Yomogida, we broke almost very rule in the tradition. First, the oil-based ink is mixed directly in the roller. Then, the "ghost" image, which results from insufficient ink, is printed onto the works. Each print is turned and printed up to three times, giving it a layered effect. The results of the 500 prints are very spontaneous, and their colours slightly varied, so no two prints are totally identical.

The process of creating the final wall installation started with collecting the marks from the toy robots using sumi ink on a roll of paper. Digital photographs of the most interesting marks were taken, then layered to form new compositions using the image editing software Adobe Photoshop. A film and plate of the final 30cm-by-30cm composition were cast and printed using the traditional offset printer model, Heidelberg Printmaster QM. 40 prints were chosen out of the total of 500 prints in this installation in Youkobo Art Space.
The decision to create a square composition is inspired by the concept of tiling, using one single pattern to create a large visual. As an abstract painter, I have chosen to form the pattern after my paintings, which are asymmetrical and random. Each installation is site-specific.

Special thanks to Kunihiro Masuko, Yoshimi Yomogida, and Terminal Sate-light, in Arakawa-ku, Tokyo."
2002      Post Baccalaureate Program in Painting, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
2001      Diploma in Communications Design (Distinction), Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
1998      Bachelor of Business Administration (Merit), National University of Singapore

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013      Learning from trees, Art Forum, Singapore
2011      Traces of Nature, Community Wall, Esplanade, Singapore
2011      43200 Minutes in Munich, LW44, Munich, Germany
2010      408 hours in Itoshima, Studio Kura Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan
2003      Log:one03, Block43 Studio Gallery, Singapore
2003      Works On Paper (NEWFINDS 2003), Art Forum, Singapore

Selected Group Exhibitions
2013      Robotic Love (Yeo Shih Yun and Justin Lee), Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo Japan.
2012      Semi Automatic, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York City, USA
2012      Rhythm Section, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Galleries 1 & 2, Singapore
2012      Lyrical Abstraction, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2012      Itoshima Art Farm, Fukuoka, Japan
2012      Global Village 2012, Projekt 072, Alkmaar, The Netherlands
2012       Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
2012      墨 (“Ink”), Jendela Visual Arts Space, Esplanade, Singapore
2011      New Readings, Jendela Visual Arts Space, Esplanade, Singapore
2010      Singapore Internationale 10th Anniversary, The Arts House, Singapore
1999      18th UOB Painting of the Year Exhibition, UOB Plaza, Singapore

2012      Sovereign Asian Art Prize People’s Choice Award
2011      Sovereign Asian Art Prize Singapore Top 20 Finalists
2007      26th UOB Singapore Painting of the Year Competition, Certificate of Distinction (Abstract category)
2007      26th UOB Singapore Painting of the Year Competition, Highly Commended entry (Abstract category)
1999      18th UOB Singapore Painting of the Year Competition, Highly Commended entry (Abstract category)

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