FIRE BLANKET 09
This ‘Fire Blankets’ series is yet another sequence of the stylized fire-resistant fibre-glass protective device, this time in standard children-suited dimensions. They bring together old clothes, unwanted textiles and industrial safety materials such as reflective tapes sewn in an evocative composition that recalls the hard language of geometric abstraction. Yet, their soft and sheer materiality and exposed edges suggest an underlying delicacy that holds the patchwork together.
Ian Tee (b. 1994, Singapore) graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2018. His practice is an exploration of youth, in relation to the themes of rebellion, vulnerability and identity. Conflating the history of painting with the energy of subcultures, he is interested in how aesthetic narratives can be reworked and recontextualised. His work manifests in a variety of media — destroyed metal paintings, bleached and dyed textiles, and collage.
He was a recipient of the Ngee Ann Kongsi scholarship and winner of the 2017 Cliftons Art Prize for Singapore. In 2019, Tee presented his first solo exhibition with Yavuz Gallery titled SWEET DREAMS.
Fibre-glass fire blanket, bleach, old clothes, unwanted textile, reflective strips and safety straps
123 X 123 cm