The Straits Times, Wednesday, September 19, 2018, A4

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The Straits Times, Wednesday, September 19, 2018, A4

Artist Profile

Heman Chong perhaps reads the Straits Times closer than anyone else. Abstracts From The Straits Times is a series of repetitive abstractions from Singapore’s primary daily newspaper. The artist’s abstracts are based on a cache of printready PDFs of the newspaper that he found online.

Through Chong’s abstractions, it becomes impossible to read the newspaper rather than the repetition of images illustrating news stories, insisting on the image and the design of the page-canvas as a self-evident statement.

In a media landscape policed by the expanded understandings of political correctness, POFMAs (Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act), accusations of ‘fake news’, trials of public opinion and ‘deep-fake’ technology.

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Heman Chong


UV print on unprimed canvas


200 x 130 cm