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Three prints to see at 'As We Never Imagined: 50 Years of Art Making'

Moons made of spice, purposeful tearing and paper that looks like human skin – senior printmaker Gordon Koh and chief printer Eitaro Ogawa tell us about three prints at their gallery’s upcoming exhibition

Neon Lane (2006)
Artwork: Goh Beng Kwan
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Neon Lane (2006)

Goh Beng Kwan (Singapore)
Wet multi-coloured pulp pieces and fine pigmented pulp floated onto white base sheet

Gordon Koh says, ‘Beng Kwan did many paper pulp cut-outs before deciding on the final paper size and composition. While the colour choices were made quickly and spontaneously, he deliberated extensively on the shapes, cutting, tearing and rolling of paper to create the numerous small shapes that can be seen in this work.’

Slow Through II (2009)
Artwork: Tabaimo
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Slow Through II (2009)

Tabaimo (Japan)
Lithography, layered Gampi papers, acrylic, nylon thread and teak wood frame

Eitaro Ogawa says, ‘It was an interesting journey to see how Tabaimo translates ideas of time into still images. For this piece, we used thin Gampi paper that was coated with an acrylic medium and hung to dry in the studio. During this process, Tabaimo said “this is like skin peeled off and hung up to dry – can I make artwork like this?”’

Spice Moon Cycle (2015)
Artwork: Haegue Yang
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Spice Moon Cycle (2015)

Haegue Yang (Korea)
Screen prints, sandpaper, spices, herbs

Ogawa says, ‘Haegue usually works with lots of ready-made materials, like clothes hangers, blinds, and used envelopes. At STPI, she was interested in developing projects with food-related materials. Every morning, we would set off to the wet market and come back with spices and herbs that would fill the studio with their aroma. It was interesting to see all these materials develop into images of moons.’

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