• Nicholas Ong, static / electric, 2023, light on canvas, 100 x 152 x 2.1 cm
  • Nicholas Ong, a place for rest, 2023, light on canvas, 183 x 230 x 8 cm (3 panels)
  • Nicholas Ong, edge (corners), 2023, light on canvas, overall size: 101.8 x 76.5 x 76.5 cm; each panel: 101.8 x 76.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Nicholas Ong, totem, 2023, light on canvas, 243 x 46 x 11.5 cm (3 panels)
  • Nicholas Ong, flatline (the space between heartbeats), 2023, light on canvas, 46 x 245 x 11.5 cm (5 panels)
  • Nicholas Ong, castle in the sky, 2023, light on canvas, 150 x 222.5 x 8 cm (3 panels)
  • Installation view of Radio Silence, 2023
  • Installation view of Radio Silence, 2023
  • Installation view of Radio Silence, 2023
  • Installation view of Radio Silence, 2023

Nicholas Ong

Radio Silence

12 August – 10 September 2023

Yavuz Gallery is pleased to present Radio Silence, Nicholas Ong’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition marks a fearless departure in the artist’s embodied approach to paint and the painted as he queries into the meta-modern.

Radio Silence augments the sensations evoked by the absence of communication, exploring the intricacies of this enigmatic concept: the essence of isolation, uncertainty and reflection inherent in its namesake. Ong shares, “Where the void between change is a canvas, silence in a context constantly buzzing with noise, in the absence of communication, exists an opportunity for profound introspection and a deeper understanding of experiences perceived”.

These works take up the position of neither painting nor sculpture, but oscillate between the two. The gestalt of objecthood in Ong’s works necessitates the meaningful relationship between the observer and the observed. In understanding what a medium is in its most rudimentary form, he pares back by layering modest canvases against geometrically recomposed wooden bars that are pigmented with LED, as seen in flatline (the space between heartbeats) and a place for rest.

The exhibition traps paradoxical metaphors within itself; unity and plurality, totality and fragmentation, purity and ambiguity. Driven by the challenges and shifts of a practice grounded in formalistic painting, Radio Silence is Ong’s odyssey of unspoken narratives, unanswered questions and the static that lies within the silence that echoes.