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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Courtesy of the Artist and Gajah Gallery

  • Catalogue Essay

    Kayleigh Goh (b. 1993, Malaysia) is inspired by new materialism, a field of inquiry that encourages a less human-dominated perspective of reality. It embraces non-human voices, drawing on materials and their interconnectedness to the world. Part of a City Orchestra Assemblage captures intimate encounters with places and objects, portraying a fragment of a city in four parts: the corner of a room painted on in a circular wooden plane; a small, square slate rock plate depicting two panels floating in a dark space; and two rugged cement pieces seemingly plucked out of a road’s pavement. The four objects, painted with bare detail, spotlight the most mundane parts of a city. Rather than focusing on grand, busy landscapes, Part of a City Orchestra Assemblage invites viewers to find poetry in monochrome grey colours, subtle textures of wood and cement and overlooked spaces, shadows and corners, which together form the mood and character of a city.

    Goh’s quiet works give viewers access to a metaphysical space where they can safely unpack unresolved emotions of despair, and find temporary escape from the complexities and incongruities in fast-paced city life. She employs cement and wood to create a sense of serenity. While cement is often associated with coldness and Brutalism, the genius of Goh’s work lies in how she uses these materials to create a paradoxical sense of calm. She explains that the combination of exposed wood and cement achieves a dissonant yet comfortable sense of harmony, connecting to her appreciation of hot tea on a cold day.

    Goh is an independent art practitioner based in both Singapore and Malaysia. She completed her BA in Fine Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2016 and has participated in various group shows in Singapore and Malaysia. She held her first solo show at Gajah Gallery Singapore in 2018, and her second solo show in Gajah Gallery Yogyakarta in 2019. Currently, she is completing her MA in Contemporary Art at the VCA University of Melbourne, Australia.

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Part of A City Orchestra Assemblage

signed and dated 'Kayleigh, 2021' upper left of the circular wooden piece
cement, wood, and slate rock plate
circular wood 20 x 20 x 2 cm. (7 7/8 x 7 7/8 x 0 3/4 in.)
square stone slab 10 x 10 cm. (3 7/8 x 3 7/8 in.)
square concrete 10 x 10 cm. (3 7/8 x 3 7/8 in.)
circular concrete 5.5 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm. (2 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 0 7/8 in.)

Executed in 2021.

Estimate
$1,300 - 2,200 
S$1,800-3,000

Contact Specialist

Christine Fernando
Associate Regional Representative, Singapore
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National Gallery Singapore - Gallery Benefit | Past. Future. Present.

Online Auction 10 - 20 January 2022