HONEY TRAP ARCADIA is the result of Lim’s time away for 2 Australian residency programs in 2016. He was invited to participate as the Visiting Artist for July – August 2016 in Artspace, Sydney, Woolloomooloo, an artist-run centre advocating experimentation, innovation and collaboration in contemporary arts, and subsequently resided at the University of Tasmania / Tasmanian College of the Arts from September – November 2016 as the International Artist in Residence, where he began to put paint onto canvas. These 16 works were later completed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where the artist lives and works.
This 9th solo exhibition by Lim sees a continuous exploration of the artist’s practice set against his exposure to the arts community in Australia. Having produced a body of monochromatic textured paintings for his previous solo exhibition titled Modern Absurdity and the Superficial Abyss (2015), the stir of exchanges in Australia sees the 34-year-old return to a familiar approach of color usage fused with pop-culture symbols and iconography as a visual language. These visual allegories are constructed to document, question and critique our social, political and aesthetic values at a time where lines and boundaries are constantly being blurred. Heavily imbued with personal experiences, Lim’s artworks thrive in ambiguity. They serve as catalogue snapshots of cultural movements, an entry point to a larger discourse.
Justin Lim – Honey Trap Arcadia