Heman Chong

LEM 1

London23 Feb – 30 Mar 2012
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  • LEM1, the first solo exhibition in the UK by the Singaporean conceptual artist Heman Chong. Our gallery space was transformed into a functioning second-hand Science-Fiction and Fantasy bookshop.

    Visitors were able to browse and purchase the books on offer for £1 each, transforming the viewing experience into an exchange of goods and money, with the browser/buyer becoming an integral part of the artwork.

    In a space adjacent to the bookshop a series of Chong’s signature paintings were also be shown, each one an imagined graphic image of a cover to a book, including some of the titles on sale in the bookshop. A special artist’s book by Fatoş ÜstekThe Book of Confusion, a playful, philosophical disquisition based around the work of Chong, will be produced to coincide with the show and will be launched at the opening.

    Heman Chong was born in Malaysia and grew up in Singapore. He is an artist, curator and writer whose art practice involves an investigation into philosophies, reasons and meethods of individuals and communties imagining the future. Charged with a conceptual drive, this research is then adapted into objects, images, installations, situations or texts.

    Chong has developed solo exhibitions in such places as NUS Museum (Singapore) and Kunstverein Milano (Milan), as well as various galleries in Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, Guangzhou and Singapore. He has participated in international biennales including Performa 11 (2011), Momentum 6 (2011), Manifesta 8 (2010), 2nd Singapore Biennale (2008), SCAPE Christchurch Biennale (2006), Busan Biennale (2004), 10th India Triennale (2000). Chong represented Singapore in the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

    Fatoş Üstek is an independent art critic and urator based in London. She is a guest tutor at Vision Forum, Linkopings Universitet, Sweden, member of the International Art Critics Association (AICA TR) and a regular contributor to art magazines. Üstek is the editor of the publication Unexpected Encounters: Situations of Contemporary Art and Architecture since 2000.

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    • Heman Chong
      Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury (2)

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      The Island on Bird Street / Uri Orlev

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      Tarzan of the Apes / Edgar Rice Burroughs

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      Memoirs of a Madman / Gustave Flaubert

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      Something Wicked This Way Comes / Ray Bradbury

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      Fury / Salman Rushdie

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      Only Revolutions / Mark Z. Danielewski

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      Night / Elie Wiesel

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      The Stone Raft / Jose Saramago (2)

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest / Ken Kesey

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      Welcome to the NHK / Tatsuhiko Takimoto

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      Story of O / Pauline Réage

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      Walkabout / James Vance Marshall

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      Nineteen Eighty-Four / George Orwell (4)

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      Robinson Crusoe / Daniel Defoe (2)

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      The Shining / Stephen King

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      The Coma / Alex Garland

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      The Green Mile / Stephen King

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      The Sleeper Awakes / H.G. Wells

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      Land of the Headless / Adam Roberts

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      Wittgenstein's Nephew / Thomas Bernhard

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      The Snow / Adam Roberts

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (1)

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (2)

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (3)

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (4)

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (5)

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (6)

      2011
      Painting on canvas
      61 x 46 x 4 cm (24 x 18 x 1.5 in)

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      Secrets and Lies (The Impossibility of Reconstitutions)

      2012
      326 novels within the espionage genre deconstructed via a paper shredder
      variable dimensions

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