Jamie Tan You Kean

Jamie Tan  (born. 1990) Singapore

‘In my practice, I am interested in the relativity of colour as visual perception and subjective experience shaped by cultural preferences and interpretations. In the summary of my research, colour exists in a transitional space between our subjective perception and the objective world. The experience of colour thus is never a fixed entity because each individual has his or her own memory and perspectives in their relationship to colour; while at the same time, colour in the objective world is always fluctuating depending on internal and external physical conditions.

Colour can appear as a source that registers accordingly and encompasses differences; therefore one’s own sense of colour is the result when these experiences merge. In my works, I investigate colour as a sensation – a physical stimuli, a phantom-like force and an aspect of interaction that one can have with painting. I want to demonstrate that our colour vision is not always stable; direct experience of a colour can sometimes become ‘indirect’ and its transparency is not always so much ‘transparent’. By exploring colour as sensation, I use it as a vehicle to provoke self-awareness of how colour may not be as simple as it seems to be.’

‘.. In these paintings, I explore the character of colour constancy which is a feature of our colour perception system where the colour that surrounds us remains constant and stable under varying light condition. We change and make areas of colour homogenous in order for us to distinguish and be aware that the world is made up of different things.

I use the transition between our central and peripheral vision as a strategy to compose my painting. It also implicates the relationship they both have towards each other. The central vision plays a dominant role in seeing that allows us to perceive things in clarity, whereas the peripheral vision occurs outside the center of our gaze. I focus on the peripheral where our sense of colour tends to be in a blur in comparison to the central.

My emphasis is on the colour that accumulates and clenches upon one another on the boundary of the frame, signifying the imbalance and tension that we are inattentive to in seeing. The center of the canvas that is rendered in a concentrated monochrome represents the stillness amidst the constant activity of the other colours that surrounds it.’

— Jamie Tan, A graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, in partnership with Goldsmiths University of London with a Diploma and BA (Hons) in Fine Arts, in 2017.


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