15 Feb 2019

6 PM - Demonstration

7 PM - Lecture


Level 2 Shaw Foyer landing

Ngee Ann Auditorium, Basement Level


This lecture is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required.

Tangential to objects from the current Raffles in Southeast Asia exhibition by the Asian Civilisations Museum and the British Museum, Jimmy talks about his works from the 2015 solo exhibition {The History of Java} and some recent works in progress.

The talk will be preceded by a dalang performance by the artist’s assistants at the ACM’s Level 2 Foyer landing, commencing an hour beforehand. These Javan courtiers of the day will take turns to render babads (Javanese chronicles) retrieved from the kraton collection against a background recording of a recent rehearsal from the Yogjakarta sultan’s gamelan.

About the speaker
Jimmy Ong decided to become an artist in the 1980s, a time in Singapore when a career in art was not a popular option. In 1992 he graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, living mostly in the US until 2012.

Ong is recognised for his large-scale, figurative drawings in charcoal. Autobiographical circumstances and familial relationships are interwoven with societal issues relating to gender, sexuality, and social exclusion. In constructing his pictures, he draws reference from art, history, and, in recent years, Javanese myths and colonial history.

Since his solo exhibition {The History of Java} at FOST Gallery, Jimmy has continued to work on the theme of Raffles in Java. A resulting work, Seamstress’ Raffles, travelled last year in a group exhibition from Dharka to Hong Kong, and is currently in Warsaw. The same series of work was featured in OH Open House! Emerald Hill last year, where he was commissioned to make a new work around the theme of Colonial Singapore.

His work is in collections in several countries, including Singapore’s National Collection. He is currently based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Image: Mapping Boro Bodor. 2014. Charcoal on paper. Collection of Ann Mui Ling.


WARNING: Presentation may contain graphic content and coarse language.


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