Dawn Ng
Into Air (London)
St. Cyprian's Church
8 Jul – 23 Jul 22
Selected Works
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Somewhere in The Desert There is a Forest and an Acre Before Us 2022

158 × 122 cm

Sing Me to Sleep 2022

150 × 108 cm

Love is Old, Love is New, Love is All, Love is You 2022

115 × 149 cm

Restless Eyes Close Maybe it Will Go Away 2022

residue painting, acrylic paint, dye, ink on paper
146 × 190.5 cm

Play Fullscreen
Waterfall VII (Time Lost Falling in Love) 2022

4K video
25min duration
edition of 5+2APs

Exhibition Text
Exhibition Text
by Jenn Ellis


What are days for?

Days are where we live.

They come, they wake us

Time and time over.

They are to be happy in:

Where can we live but days?

Ah, solving that question

Brings the priest and the doctor

In their long coats

Running over the fields.

Time - how it flows, echoes, slips, is the subject of Dawn Ng’s seminal first solo show in London, located in the living heritage church St. Cyprian’s, Marylebone. As the space’s gothic revival arches curve and meet, they equally cocoon the exhibition Into Air composed of twelve individual works by the leading Singaporean artist. An ambitious assemblage of photographs, paintings, lightboxes, video, and the oeuvres explore the time held by the artist in the ultimate ephemeral object that is ice. As posed by Philip Larkin in his 1953 poem ‘Days’ - “What are days for? Days are where we live.” - Dawn Ng encourages us to revel in the being.

Each work, meticulously created with patience, attention, focus, and pause, takes as a point of departure a material that in itself is very much living. Ice: something created by nature then humans, scarce in tropical places such as Dawn Ng’s Singapore, prevalent in some other places, a sign of planetary change. An active material, it is at once emotionally charged and vitally uncontrollable. Yet, Dawn Ng gracefully converses with it, infusing this complex yet simple matter with pigments so that layer upon layer, tone, and texture, ‘Time and time over’ is articulated. An ephemeral foundation for a monumental body of work.

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