Connecting dots is a familiar puzzle – a line is
drawn to join a sequence of dots, revealing a final image. It is also used as a
verbal metaphor for associating ideas with one another, with the purpose of
enabling one to see the bigger picture. In this exhibit, the artists’ works
prompt inquiries into relativism and absolute truth. In the contemporary
context, one can easily have access to a myriad of choices, as well as
corresponding justifications for them. While society and cultural milieu
normally dictate the most acceptable courses of action, are these choices
right? And as a corollary, how do an individual’s choices affect society as a
whole? In the search for an individual truth, is the meaning of absolute truth
lost? The artists explore the range of relativism, from cautionary to
optimistic – addressing whether relativism is in fact a hindrance to seeking
absolute truth, enabling people to seek comfort rather than meaning in their
lives, to reflection on the interconnectedness and implications of each
individual’s judgments, actions and decisions. Each artwork, and each artist,
represents an individual truth and idea, yet they are all interconnected, like
the dots that connect to one another, a cell to an organism, and man to
For many happy years now, Rob Cham has been drawing stuff for a
living. All this stuff has found its way into magazines and publications and
objects, and now there is wonderful new stuff on canvas, for you to love and
behold. After four years of exhibiting in group shows, bright young
illustrator, comics artist, designer, and friend Rob Cham fills Vinyl On Vinyl
with his first solo exhibit: Headspace. In his characteristic, charismatic,
convoluted style, heavy on detail and feeling, Rob has Cham'd his concerns. And
there are many. We feel them all. No stranger to overwork or overthinking or
overflowing feelings, Rob has painstakingly depicted the pains of possibility
and paralysis. Everything piles up, what you could would should have done or
said, what others have done and said, the labyrinthine thought -- and we carry
this on our shoulders. Rob has made portraits of us all.
Rob Cham's depictions of modern confusion take the frilly cake
and eat it too. Mmm. Cake. Rob Cham, like cake, is very sweet and universally
adored by big businesses and young people, and Rob has Cham'd many things for a
wide audience. It is too bad that cake is incapable of art because then the
only difference between Rob Cham and cake would be their ingredients. Headspace
is more proof that Rob Cham is very capable of art.
In an era where we, (Well, technically our alternate selves. But
who can tell nowadays?), can shoot plasma with arm cannons. An era where you
can stomp turtles as big as mustachioed plumbers. In an era where uppercutting
a 7-foot tall, one-eyed, muscular Thai man in the chest was socially
acceptable; you can leave all your self-imposed limitations behind. As far as
the eye can see, as far as your imagination can reach, nothing is beyond your
wildest dreams. You can be whatever you want to be.
Over the years, video games has redefined the virtual landscape.
Constantly evolving, upping the ante one game after the other. From Pacman, to
Super Mario, to Crash Bandicoot, Tomb Raider to Grand Theft Auto.
The video game has forever changed the face of entertainment and
Multiplay is a playful exchange between man and the virtual
world. The exhibit presents the video game phenomenon as it attempts to confine
it back into its box. Multiplay explores the influence of the virtual world as
each artist pay homage to various games.
Come play with us at the MULTIPLAY exhibit this coming Saturday, October 5!