挪用，並置，與旁白：也談顏常慶的錄像文章 May 2022
The gesture: between the ideal and practical Feb 2022
by Azzad Diah
"The pandemic has forced us to put ourselves in a confined space while constantly on the edge of a mental breakdown. “New Normal” has become a familiar catchphrase to ease us into accepting reality. Our urge to assemble, gather and reconvene with others is part of our psychological need—thus prompting us to look towards technological solutions to complement what we lack."
Talking with Gan Siong King about Ready-Made Video Essays: From Art, Science to Malay Culture Feb 2022
by CHEN Pei-Yu (digiarts.org.tw)
"We live in uncertain times. Politically, economically and, ecologically, it’s easy to feel we are helpless victims, on the brink of a catastrophe caused by others. And the first instinct is to demand sweeping and revolutionary changes in the world. But even with the best intention, changes often have unintended and disastrous consequences."
與顏常慶談現成的錄像論文：從藝術、科學到馬來文化 Feb 2022
Making an Exhibition, with Other People, and No Money,
During a Pandemic Feb 2022
by Gan Siong King
This brief report is the result of my reflections on making an exhibition during the Covid-19 lockdown (2021 - 2022) in Kuala Lumpur, titled All the TIme I Pray to Buddha, I Keep on Killing Mosquitoes. It’s a subjective impression of a semi-complicated project by a rookie writer.
Malaysian Artist's Video Works Tap into Contemporary Surrealism Jan 2022
by Rouwen Lin (thestar.com.my)
“In his own words, this is a story of influence and connection across space and time. And in my mind, it is also a story about making connections and expanding our identity beyond race, religion and nationality,” says Gan, 47, who was trained formally as a painter before...
From Within The Picture Plane, To Without, To The Universe Dec 2017
by Teoh Ming Wah
It was a night filled with the hubbub of a small party. It began with the festive opening of the popular art exhibition in town, then the group moved to an open-air restaurant for supper. After feasting and drinking, I drove Gan Siong King and Chang Yoong Chia home. When we arrived at Gan’s door, his neighbor’s five dogs started to bark; this somehow extended the festive mood...
Meeting People Is Easy: Visitation Notes Dec 2017
by Azzad Diah
Even though the title of this original text is in English, it was originally written in Malay language. It is generally said that language shapes the way of thinking. Each language, whether speech or writing, has unique structures which differentiate between action of thoughts and understanding of its practitioner. This essay does not aim to tell the long tale of language, and in fact...
The Place Where The “Art” Stuffs Are Made Dec 2017
by Tan Sei Hon
There is a line in a book written by one of our local pioneer abstract artist that was published more than ten years ago where he audaciously claimed that an artist without a studio is like a surgeon without an operating theatre. Of course, on first reading, one may understandably be put off by the sheer arrogance of that statement, made by someone who, unsurprisingly...
4 Rabbits Talking Dec 2017
Wong Tay Sy, Chang Yoong Chia, Tan Sei Hon, and Gan Siong King
On 20th August 2017, four friends, Wong Tay Sy (TS), Chang Yoong Chia (YC), Tan Sei Hon (SH), and Gan Siong King (G), came together to record a conversation about some of the art projects they collaborated on 15 years ago (circa 2000 - 2004).
coming sometime soon-ish: until further notice untitled unnoticed noteworthy Dec 2017
by Roy Varogen
Hour zero I’ve smoked one hundred thousand cigarettes. A ratherconservative number. –I smokedhalf a pack in Gan’sstudio. When was this? Last month? –One hundred thousand in a decade, too much, too much of the same, which comes at a price. By now, I could have bought a painting by Agus Suwage, non? But that’s too literal –monetary –I meant, actually, the price of addiction...
Multiple Lives Dec 2015
by Simon Soon
The exhibition setup is simple. A much smaller white cube is constructed inside an empty warehouse to facilitate the viewing of the paintings. The scale of the white cube is dwarfed by the much larger space in the warehouse. Each of the twelve paintings shown inside, which exhibit qualities of repetition and sameness, are faithfully painted copies derived from the same photographic...
The Pleasures of Odds and Ends Dec 2014
by Lyn Ong
At the back of Feeka Coffee Roasters on Jalan Mesui, a staircase leads you upstairs to a new art gallery. In recent weeks, this unexpected location has drawn many art enthusiasts. The gallery’s current exhibition is Gan Siong King’s latest solo show, The Pleasures of Odds and Ends – Landscapes, Figures and Still Lifes.
Painting In The Age of Post-Digital Reproduction Dec 2014
by Wong Hoy Cheong
Our contemporary relationship with art cannot, therefore, be reduced to a “loss of the aura”. Rather, the modern age organizes a complex interplay of dislocations and relocations, of deterritorialisations and reterritorialisations, of deauratisations and reauratisations. What differentiates contemporary art from previous times is only the fact that the originality of a work in...
The Double Mimicry, Or, The Pleasures Of Getting There And Not Quite Dec 2014
by Tan Zi Hao
'I don’t consider myself a painter,' said Gan Siong King. Yet, how elusive is this statement, when presented as a prefatory remark, it risks understating his oeuvre? It is all the more mystifying when the works exhibited in The Pleasures of Odds and Ends are all painted. But they are paintings only as they can be called ‘paintings’, and Gan is a painter only as he can be called a ‘painter’. Likewise, as suggested in the subtitle...