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Black Reflections – White Shadows



Intersections’ latest art exhibition brings together beautifully selected monochromatic pieces by Singaporean artist, June Lee Yu Juan, and French musician and artist, Yves Hasslemann, both in search of a universal language. The exhibit expresses different emotions of the artists, yet come together to bring about a playful collection of black and white strokes full of emotions.

1- Void of culture 1, 2008, ( 182.5x130cm), chinese ink on rice paper


With a background of Chinese Ink Painting in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, June Lee completed her Bachelor of Contemporary Arts at the University of Tasmania, Australia in 2012. One of her latest art collections, Lost In Translation, is her reflection on her experience in another country where she was confronted not only by linguistic differences, but cultural changes too. Working on anodized aluminum, her sculptural installations play on language by questioning its true universality. Her pieces are highly abstract, wherein she invites us all to join her “in search for a universal voice for oneself”.


2- Void of culture 2,2008,(300x115cm), Chinese ink on rice paper


The selected pieces of her suspended artwork beautifully complement her other collection, Void Of Culture. Working on rice paper, June Lee combines her Singaporean background with her experiences abroad through the incorporation of subtle yet perfectly placed tribal symbols with Chinese calligraphy.  As she describes it, the pieces represent “the desensitization observed in today’s youth towards their own ethnicity, culture and roots”.




Ironically, Yves Hasslemann’s pieces stand out quite a bit from June Lee’s paintings but yet, complete the entire experience simplistically.  Working on metal, the musician and painter somehow manages to put an image to the movement of music. Through strokes of black on a white background, the painter draws his inspiration from something that represents home to him, the keys of his keyboard.


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As his musical pieces play in the background of the exhibit, the longer you look at his paintings, the more the musical notes resonate in your ears and the more you see how connected Hasslemann’s artworks are to his music. What may have appeared to be black traces on white become more meaningful as they slowly illustrate the different movements in his pieces and different emotions that a listener and viewer experience while observing an artist at work.


The name “Intersections” for the exhibit is quite interesting too, as it perfectly describes the internal contradiction that both artists want to express. As the exhibit brings together two seemingly completely different artists, not only in their background and through the materials they work on, the music, the shades and different strokes of black and white show that art truly is a universal language.


Black Reflections – White Shadows will be open to the public from November 8 until November 24 2013 at the Tanjong Pagar Community Club.



Text by Miles Raguin

Images courtesy of artists and Intersection

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