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Tyler Rollins Fine Art is pleased to welcome back Jimmy Ong for his second solo exhibition with the gallery\, entitled Elo Progo\, taking place from January 10 – February 23\, 2013. One of Singapore’s preeminent contemporary artists\, Ong has been noted for his large-scale\, figurative charcoal works on paper since his first solo exhibitions in the 1980s. His early\, pioneering work focused on sexual identity and gender ro les\, often within the context of the traditional Chinese family. Now a US resident\, Ong has\, over the past twenty-five years\, explored the ways in which multiple identities and perspectives – whether sexual\, ethnic\, nat ional\, or even generational – can coexist within the individual. His deepl y personal works have taken inspiration from a stark analysis of his own ex perience\, and indeed of his own physical form\, an ongoing process of what he calls “creative self therapy.” In recent years\, he has investigated is sues relating to marital roles\, informed in part by his experience as a sp ouse in a gay marriage. His inquiry has gradually broadened from the person al to the plural and has incorporated gender archetypes as conveyed through mythology and spiritual traditions. His seminal exhibition\, Sitayana< /em>\, exhibited at Tyler Rollins Fine Art in 2010 and subsequently acquire d by the National Art Gallery of Singapore\, marked the first major public exhibition of this new focus\, with its feminist re-imagining of the ancien t Indian epic\, the Ramayana\, a work which continues to play a vi brant role throughout Southeast Asia\, acting as an endless source of inspi ration for the region’s folk and popular cultures. Ong used the Ramayan a as a point of departure in creating new narratives that were informe d by his sensitivity to the way gender roles play out in contemporary relat ionships. In 2012\, Ong’s investigation of the contemporary resonance of an cient myths led him to a series of projects in Yogyakarta\, one of the majo r artistic centers in Java\, Indonesia\, where he began documentary researc h into gender roles as reflected in folklore as well as contemporary societ y\, the latter specifically relating to the local transgender community. Hi s current exhibition\, Elo Progo\, takes its name and inspiration from the confluence of the Elo and Progo rivers – one said to be male\, the other female – located in the Kedu Plain near Borobudur\, one of Java’s sa cred places. Ong was captivated by this local myth as well as the tradition al Javanese practice of meditation in water. The Elo Progo exhibit ion centers on Ong’s first public showing of video works\, which were inspi red by the rituals of water meditation and informed by themes of gender flu idity and mythic transformation. The exhibition also includes a new body of works on paper\, done in richly colored gouache\, that appropriate a type of Chinese splash ink brushwork in mirrored patterns created by the repetit ive folding of the paper along an axis. Through a circular and meditative p rocess of drawing\, transferring\, and redrawing\, which echoes the cyclica l\, ritualistic time of the videos\, Ong has created a vivid series of work s that features a recurring\, androgynous figure. In various degrees of abs traction\, the figure is shown twice in each work\, in a mirroring of form that reflects Ong’s ongoing interest in ideas relating to duality\, the gen der binarism\, and the fluidity and transformation of identity.

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