Two artists, one from New York City and the other from Singapore, will come together to share their visual language on July 16 , 17 & 18 July. The result will be an exciting collaborative performance/installation on a series of large scale canvases. The works will be created on the Coney Island boardwalk at West 21 historic Childs Building.
The public is invited to participate in the painting process using roller blades, remote controlcars, feet, balls, and balloons. Yeo Shih Yun and Paul Campbell’s goal is to create an exciting visual dialogue that will allow them to merge their individual landscapes of visual memory and experience with each other and with that of the general public. By encouraging friends, family, and Coney Island visitors to participate, the project will expand its scope exponentially.
The project aims to create art work that is relevant to the world we exist in and pay homage to expressionist works of the past.
Yeo Shih Yun and Paul Campbell first met at the Resartis (http://www.resartis.org/) conference in Seoul, South Korea in October 2009. Conversations revealed that even though they live in different parts of the world and are separated by differences in culture, language, age, gender, and experience their art practices share a common link. They have both combined the use of traditional art materials with radically unconventional methods of mark making. Yeo Shih Yun uses rollerblades and other untraditional tools to transfer marks onto the painting surface with Chinese ink.
These unusual approaches to mark making simultaneously pay homage to and offer a parody of the works of Jackson Pollock, Yves Kline, and other Abstract Expressionist artists. Their work in turn was informed by the EastAsian art of calligraphy and popular writings on Zen and its principles of direct action.
This project was made possible with grant funding from the Singapore International Foundation, generous support from Taconic Investment Partners LLC, Instinc Space (Singapore), and the Brooklyn Brewery.