Richard Koh Fine Art Bangkok (RKFA) is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Justin Lim (b.1983), titled A daydream a day. This exhibition is scheduled to run from 5 – 26 November 2022 at Peterson Building, 712/1, 9th Floor, Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
The pandemic and lockdown have given Justin Lim the time for introspection. This led him to the realization that no one really has full control over their life as everything is constantly in flux. In A daydream a day, Lim presents a series of paintings featuring chairs being placed in different environments with common objects. To him, each chair has a different personality, each telling different stories. The chair becomes a signifier of class, identity, and hierarchies. It is also seen as a source of comfort from everyday life and can tell stories of the struggle of respite.
In this series, Lim places them in uniformity despite their physical differences and the differences that they represent in terms of stature and ‘class’, reflecting current society. The environments depicted in this body of works are painted in and composed from various photographs. They do not exist in reality as they are collaged and spliced together, creating a sense of ambiguity – an unreliable documentation.
The feeling of ambiguity gives Lim the space to ponder, helping him to arrive at some state of resolution and to make sense of his place in the modern world. In a world that is always on the move, we keep forgetting at times to detach ourselves from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and to just sit down, contemplate, and dream a little.
Justin Lim (b.1983, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) completed his postgraduate studies in 2006 with the Master of Art (Fine Art) programme by The Open University UK conducted at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore after obtaining a BA(Hons) Fine Art majoring in painting. He has exhibited widely in Southeast Asia in various solo & group exhibitions and was the recipient of the 2008 Malaysia-Australia Visual Artist Residency at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia. He has since held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, USA (2011 – Asian Artist Fellowship/ Freeman Fellowship), Red Gate Gallery, Beijing (2013 – Khazanah Nasional Artist Residency) and The Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Australia (2016 – International Artist in residence).
Selected group exhibitions include the Asian Art Biennale: Viewpoints & Viewing points, Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2009), Modern Love, Earl Lu Gallery / Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore (2015), Asia Young 36 / Asia Contemporary, a survey of contemporary Asian art practices, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonju, South Korea (2016) and Contemporary Chaos, curated by Demetrio Paparoni, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway (2018).
He currently lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Justin Lim – A daydream a day
5 - 26 November 2022
Richard Koh Fine Art,
Peterson Building, 712/1, 9th Floor,
Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei,
Bangkok 10110, Thailan
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 7pm
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