Void & Void Decks: Chow Chee Yong and Tang Ling Nah

Void & Void Decks: Chow Chee Yong and Tang Ling Nah

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Opening Day2 August 2012, Thursday, 6:30pm
Period3 August - 30 September 2012

The Private Museum presents an inaugural collaboration between two Singaporean artists, Chow Chee Yong and Tang Ling Nah, who cross paths for the first time. Chow juxtaposes different locations with a single shot, creating an ambiguous “Void” that exists only within the photograph. On the other hand, Tang suggests the extension of space through her charcoal drawings of the city’s transitory spaces such as “Void Decks”, corridors and underground passageways. This exhibition attempts to document two artists’ individual journeys as well as their collaborative interactions. We question what is real and what is imaginary; as the photograph becomes a drawing, and the drawing becomes a photograph…

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About the Collaboration


Chow Chee Yong (b.1969, Singapore) is a Singapore-based artist and educator. The genre of surrealism plays an important role in his work. He is inspired by imagination and dreams. Chow graduated with a BFA (Honours) degree in Photography in 1994 from Western Michigan University, USA. In 1998, he was awarded the JCCI Art Scholarship and received his MA (Distinction) degree in Photography in 2001 from Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan. Chow was the first and only Singaporean among 15 photographers from around the globe to be recognised and incepted as one of “2011 Loweprofessionals” (Lowepro, USA) in 2011. In 2004, he exhibited in Club Paradiso – Jamming With Photography at Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), alongside noted photographers such as Ansel Adams, Robert Frank, Helmut Newton, Irvin Penn and others. He is in the collection of Back in Time International (USA), Center for Photography Musashino Art University (Japan), Kay Ngee Tan Architects Gallery (Singapore), Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan),National Museum of Singapore (Singapore), OP Editions (Canada & Hong Kong)and more.

2011 Project 37, 2902 Gallery,
2010 3rd Singapore Young Photographer Award 2010 Exhibition, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
2009 Spot & Shoot 2009 – Our Landscape, National Museum of Singapore,
2008 30th Feb, Kay Ngee Tan Architects Gallery, Singapore
2007 CANVAS, The 2006 IMF – World Bank Meeting Photo Exhibition at MICA, Ministry of Communications and the Arts, Singapore
2006 Aperture, Elle Six Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2003 Under Construction – Light Trails, Objectifs Pte Ltd, Singapore
2002 PhotosynthesisDreams, Artfolio Gallery, Raffles Hotel, Singapore
2001 Imagination: Lights & Illusion, Kumin Gallery, Meguro Museum of Art
Tokyo, Japan
1997 m2photosynthesis, Substation, Singapore
1994 The Final Images (a BFA exhibition), South Gallery, Western Michigan University, USA
1992 A Collection of Photographs, South Gallery, Western Michigan University, USA











Tang Ling Nah (1971, Singapore) is a Singapore-based artist and independent curator. She is fascinated with the city’s transitory spaces. Her work seeks to reflect and address the conditions of the modern city, particularly its speed and the lack of interpersonal intimacy in urban life. She graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art (Painting) in 2000 from LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore and received her Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) with Distinction, conferred by Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Melbourne, Australia in 2001. Her accolades include the Juror’s Choice in the Philip Morris Singapore-ASEAN Art Awards 2003, the Della Butcher Award 2000 and the Young Artist Award (Art) 2004 conferred by the National Arts Council, Singapore.In 2008, she represented Singapore in the 2ndSingapore Biennale and also exhibited a work in the 11thInternational Architecture Biennale in Venice (Singapore Pavilion). She is in the collection of Artist Pension Trust (Beijing), National Heritage Board (Singapore), John Batten Gallery (Hong Kong) and more, as well as private collections in France, Italy, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan.

2012 13 Steps Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
2011 ||| Movement, Stamford Green, Singapore
2010 Drawing Out Conversations: Taipei《對畫: 臺北》Nanhai Gallery,National Taipei University of Education, Taipei, Taiwan

The World Outside 《外面的世界》, Esplanade Tunnel, Singapore

An Other Space Within the House II, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

2009 Whose Exhibition is This?, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2008 SUPERGARDEN, The 11th International Architecture Biennale (Singapore Pavilion), IstitutoProvinciale per l’Infanzia, Santa Maria della Pietà, Venice, Italy

WONDER, Singapore Biennale 2008, South Beach Development Site, Singapore

Dreaming in Black and White, Red Mill Gallery and Kahn Barn Studio, Vermont Studio Centre, USA

2002 activated C—An Exhibition of Charcoal Drawings by Tang LingNah, Société Générale Gallery, Alliance Française de Singapour, Singapore

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Saturday 4 August 2012, 3pm

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