Featuring an extensive series of paintings that are at once humorous and critical, the solo is an exploration into the way ideology infuses meaning through signs. Through his works, Fei analyses how signs function, their associations and meanings; eventually growing deeper by provoking the subtleties and intricacies of their workings, which inextricably influences society’s everyday consumption, thinking, and decision-making. Positioning his processes as both political and personal, the signs are deconstructed and reconstructed via a variety of methods, creating new meanings and the possibility of multiple readings.
The outcome, a fluid, unstable, and dynamic combination of signs consequently and naturally become the artist’s way to challenge and denounce the quasi-invincible hegemony these signs have as an effective state apparatus. Purposefully employing the manual medium of painting to emphasize the authenticity of his engagement with the subject matter, the muted signs, once fixed and frozen on Fei’s canvas, are turned into subjects of reflection – allowing him to examine forms of ideology and symbolism cleverly proliferated through his touch of appropriation, derision, and wit.
Liew Kwai Fei – Siapa dia Tong Sam Pah? 我的名字哈苏丹. You Look F**king Funny-lah!