REMEMBER THE URGE
Remember the Urge borrows its title from the song of the same name by Japanese rock bank, The Gazette. The lyrics speak about one’s tendency to dream and the general idea of embarking on new pursuits.
The X-Men comic page was taken fromw issue #319 titled “Untapped Potential” where Iceman (Bobby Drake) admits that he rues his turbulent relationship with his father, which led him onto his journey of self-discovery. The vibrant blue paint splatters pays tribute to Bobby Drake’s unleashing of his icy powers.
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.
Acrylic, target papers, comic strips and collage on destroyed aluminium composite panel
120 x 90 cm