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How do we look at images today and how do we perceive? Photographs are usually prized for what you see in the positive, but Wu Gang is an artist that is interested in the negative. One of Wu Gang’s favourite tools is the polaroid – a fast disappearing format. A polaroid’s mechanism illustrates the immediacy of image-making, especially with Peel Apart Films which simultaneously create a negative and a positive image. But Wu Gang isn’t as interested in the content of the photograph but how it can be manipulated and distorted: giving birth to a new aesthetic that focuses on the polaroid as object. When one thinks about photo alteration, one often thinks of digital manipulation tools like Photoshop etc. Wu Gang does the opposite, experimenting with temperatures, bleaching, cutting, boiling, ageing and peeling—a physical manipulation of the polaroid. The result is often unpredictable and two outcomes are never the same. Wu Gang often chooses to portray the vernacular in a light that effaces specificity and renders the photographs with a sense of 'nowhereness'. As a consequence, the viewer leaves behind any preconceived notions of beauty or 'hang-ups' over identification and context, and therefore emotions such as nostalgia or resonance —so making us question what makes an image meaningful or “pleasing to the eye”. Over time, Ng naturally finds himself playing the role of an archivist, creating an epistemological study of images: a ‘taxonomy’ of photographs. With the advent of fake news and a suspicion of all digital images, how much do we believe in 'the image', and an image we can hold in our hands? What value will these images have in the future, and will they matter? ARTIST TALK: Saturday, 30 June 2018 4pm Sprmrkt Kitchen & Bar Ng Wu Gang (b.1988, Singapore) is a visual artist and a photographer. He graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Wu Gang has participated in various group shows such as the Noise Festival (2015), and UNTAPPED DISCOVERY at Visual Arts Development Association of Singapore (VADA), which features eight up-and-coming, Singapore-based artists hand-picked by the UNTAPPED Advisory Committee. He was also the recipient of the Winston Oh Travel Award (2015).