THE SINGAPORE SERIES — CHAPTER 23

Naima Morelli from Naima Morelli blog

“Wait! Is it allowed to talk about incest on the Singapore metro?” I abruptly asked with an alarmed note in my voice to the scrawny guy in front of me, holding onto the bar of the red line. I looked for a reaction in the faces of the people on the metro. Nothing. Someone told me that Singaporeans don’t complain to your face. In their heads though, they had probably already labelled me as a loud-speaking Italian as soon as I opened my mouth.

“We can talk about whatever we want!” replied Ruben Pang in a stubborn tone which implied than yes, it was not advisable to talk about incest on the Singapore metro, but rules didn’t apply to us free-thinkers.

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Conversation with Ruben Pang

Ian Tee from Art and Market

On creating a career as a fresh fine art graduate 

Ruben Pang is a Singaporean artist best known for his vibrant and ethereal paintings on aluminium. Recent exhibitions include 'Halogen Lung', Primae Noctis in Lugano, Switzerland, 'Contemporary Chaos', Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium in Norway and 'Swallow Shadow' at Chan + Hori Contemporary, Singapore.

We speak with him about his experiences and the realities young artists face coming out of school.

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Article posted on 13 December 2018

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IS RUBEN PANG A MAGICAL JELLYFISH? / INTERVIEW WITH AMNESIA

Tony Cochran from tonyrobertcochran.com

Artist Ruben Pang (b. 1990) is deceptively hypnotic; his near monotone voice, a kind of cosmopolitan aloofness, mixes with an occasional mischievous laugh. Hiding underneath, or above, he is a medium himself. His secret is thus: his love for art, which is categorically transcendental, or to put it aphoristically, both intensely and deeply spiritual. In Pang, perhaps the quiddity of his father, a store display designer and Taoist exorcist mixes with that of his Catholic mother, a professor of fashion design; Pang is, as he puts it, “informed by my ancestors, and my parents are, of course, the central part of that lineage.” Never approaching, but always open, the Tao-like Pang moves effortlessly through the harsh art world like a jellyfish in the sea; two years before his thirtieth birthday, he’s approached an almost isomorphic vibration with every artistic project he pursues, yet the “amnesia of art, the amnesia of painting,” helpfully inoculates him against a distended (super) ego.

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An interview with Ruben Pang

Article posted on 14 February 2018

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POWER STRUGGLE

Helmi Yusof from the THE BUSINESS TIMES

Singapore's most sought-after young artist Ruben Pang reflects on success, ego and his latest solo show.

To see a Ruben Pang painting is to first be startled by the demented whirl of dense, shimmering colours - and then quickly start to enjoy, even admire, it. On his aluminium panels, smooth washes and coarse strokes wrestle each other to transcend the boundaries of the medium, inducing multiple and contradictory sensations in the viewer.

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Article posted on 16 December 2017

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E.03: RUBEN PANG - IF YOU’RE NOT DEAD, YOU’RE CONTEMPORARY

Z: How would you describe what you do to someone you’re meeting for the first time?

R: Sometimes it happens in the uber or the cab. I tell them I’m a painter and they ask how much I charge per hour. Some of them offer me jobs. I don’t think I make a distinction, initially. I define my work to myself as it should not be laborious. But now, I tell people I’m a painter and go on to say that I’m the artist kind.

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DECODING SINGAPOREAN ARTIST RUBEN PANG’S PAINTINGS

Kames Narayanan from The New York Times Style Magazine : Singapore

On a somber, rainy Tuesday afternoon, I found myself amongst a cluster of austere industrial buildings at the western tip of the city in search of Singapore artist Ruben Pang’s studio. Located in a maze of heavy lifting machinery and mechanic workshops, Pang’s creative space, and occasional home for the night, sits inconspicuously behind a grey door — one that’s no different from the other doors of the rest of the units in the building. 

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Article posted on 1 August 2017

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02: TURMOIL LAID BARE

CHARMIAN LEONG & ADELINE LOH from the SPH Magazines

Ruben Pang’s artistic vision has gained him fans and widespread recognition. You may have to strain to hear Ruben Pang’s colourful commentary on the prison that is modern society, but beneath that soft voice and delicate frame is an artist whose philosophy and work bristle with defiance. His paintings, often surreal and done on aluminium, are rarely planned and are, to him, a journey through the human condition. Anyone can come up with flowery narratives but the 26-year-old’s skill speaks for itself.

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Article posted on 7 March 2017

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INSIDE THE MIND OF RUBEN PANG

Neo Huiyuan and Yip Jie Ying from The Octant

On Sept. 5, on the invitation of Professor Chen Yanyun and Visual Arts Society (VAS), Mr. Pang came to Yale-NUS College for a sharing session. Salient themes in the session included the guiding philosophy behind Mr. Pang’s paintings, his creative process and explorations of self-awareness.

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Article posted on 15 September 2016

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“THE FLOORS SOAK UP TEARS, TURPENTINE AND PAINT… AND I'VE PUNCHED A HOLE IN A DOOR”

Junni Chen from The Arthop

Being a full-time artist is difficult. It requires many things: time, money, and most importantly—space. In this series, we take a hard look at one of the hardest things full-time artists have to obtain: a studio. On #TalkingStudios, we explore different studio spaces in Singapore and ask the creatives working in them: what was the experience of getting a studio like for them? What were some of their challenges? And what advice can they give? 

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Article posted on 17 August 2016

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RUBEN PANG INTERVIEW WITH THEARTISTANDHISMODEL

Ruben Pang is a full time practising artist and graduate from the Lasalle College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Art (2010). Pang explores an intuitive method of painting. His paintings are projections of his psyche, reflecting on notions of prospect, arrival, and transformation. With no preconceived notion of how the painting should look like at its inception, Pang’s process of creation evolves with each mark added or subtracted from the painting surface.

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ART AS A “UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE”: AN INTERVIEW WITH RUBEN PANG BY JAFFA TEAM

Jaffa Team from AMA (Art Media Agency)

Born in Singapore in 1990, Ruben Pang is a young artist who is fast making a name for himself in the international art scene. With several sell-out exhibitions under his belt, and a prestigious residency programme with the Tiroche de Leon collection in Israel, Pang is known for his vibrant and dynamic compositions, treading the line between figuration and abstraction.

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Article posted on 1 June 2015

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ARTIST RUBEN PANG WRAPS UP FIFTH STRAIGHT SELL-OUT SOLO SHOW

Deepika Shetty Arts Correspondent from the Straits Times

Young Singapore painter Ruben Pang has another winner on his hands with his fifth straight sell-out solo exhibition here. All his 12 works on show at Chan Hampe Galleries in Raffles Hotel, priced between $5,000 and $18,000, were snapped up on opening night on Jan 16.

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Article posted on 27 January 2015

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“ATARAXY”: SINGAPOREAN PAINTER RUBEN PANG AND THE ART OF INTROSPECTION – IN PICTURES

From Art Radar

Entitled “Ataraxy”, Ruben Pang’s fifth solo exhibition, runs until 8 February 2015 at Chan Hampe Galleries in Singapore. The young artist returns to his hometown after a busy stint abroad; his recent international shows include “Aestheric Portraiture” (2013), a solo exhibition at Primae Noctis Art Gallery in Lugano, Switzerland, and “DEEP S.E.A.” (2013), a group exhibition held at Primo Marella Gallery in Milan.

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Article posted on 16 January 2015

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2013 APRIL RUBEN BIZARRE BEYOND BELIEF INTERVIEW

From bIZARREbEYONDbELIEF

Now talk about a visual explosion. Ruben’s work is striking and eerie at the same time. Beautiful layers and layers of soft colours, juxtaposed 80 bIZARREbEYONDbELIEF perfectly on dark backgrounds. Ruben Pang’s work not only inspires but dazzles the viewer.

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