Spotted! Berny Tan

Berny Tan‘s relationship with art is a complex one; “I love art but I wouldn’t call myself an artist nor do I aim to be one,” she explains. “I do enjoy art-making (especially printmaking and photography), and when I make art I find myself drawn to architectural, repetitive qualities of urban and industrial elements. Growing up in the city, these surroundings have become my personal contemporary definition of beauty.”

“My two loves are art and writing, and I would like to pursue curating in future. I am going to start my first year at the New York School of Visual Arts this fall semester, to do a BFA in Visual and Critical Studies – it combines studio art with art history/theory/criticism.”

The featured photograph is part of a series of five photos called ‘Sub-Urban. “When one thinks of an urban environment, one imagines the gleaming skyscrapers of a modern city, much like the recognisable skyline of Singapore’s Central Business District,” Berny explains. “One would never recall what is unfinished, industrial, unsightly, old, or abandoned – a construction site, wooden crates, graffiti, peeling walls, and a derelict bus stop. Yet, they are present all around us, and have their own unique “architectural” elements. This series of black-and-white digital photographs seeks to highlight the dynamic lines, forms and textures of scenes that lie on the perimeters of urban Singapore. Each one speaks of ongoing or impending decay, demolition and disfiguration; the poignant deconstruction of construction.”

Click here to see the other works in the series.



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