mike hj chang
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The Closest, Softest Thing was part of Singapore Art Stage's Southeast Asia Platform, entitled Eagles Fly, Sheep Flock – Biographical Imprints. It was curated by Khim Ong.
The Closest, Softest Thing is a series of drawings, photographs, texts, and collages that began as a reflection on overcrowded urban spaces. Chang uses elbows, balloons, and coins as a way to measure and document private spaces that are constantly been redefined, transformed, and reshaped. The process led to the project eventually becoming an attempt at recording the search for temporary refuge through the act of cleaning. ‘Cleanliness’ conjures multiple associations, among them the notions of erasure, non-specificity (conformity) and isolation. Playing with expanded ideas of ‘being clean’, The Closest, Softest Thing utilises multiple motifs to explore personal spaces and mental slippages.
The work consist of 23 framed pieces.