Destroyed aluminium composite panel
Dimensions (in cm)
152 x 112 cm
DIFFERENT SENSE belongs to a series of destroyed metal paintings, a body of work which fuses the meditative practice of Zen calligraphy with the visceral expressivity of heavy metal music.
The work is composed of layers of writing where I replace the traditional ink and brush with an angle grinder. Tones of chiaroscuro are made by scratching, distressing and slashing the surface - they are permanent gestures which juxtapose destructive aggression and a practice of mindfulness.
IAN TEE (b. 1994, Singapore) is an artist confronting ideas of aggression and exhaustion, with an underlying interest in material subjectivity and youth subcultures. He works across a variety of media including collage, bleached fabric, spray-paint, and destroyed metal paintings. Recent group exhibitions include Jason Wee’s NTU CCA Residency project “Tomorrow Is An Island”, Group Exhibition of ASEAN-China Art Academies at Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, and DRIVE Public Art Festival, Singapore.