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Resources > Collections > Artwork Time & History #01, 1848

Year of execution:  2013
Year of acquisition:  2014
Medium:   Oil-based marker
Dimension:  91 x 91  cm
Acquired in 2014

Malaysian-born artist Joshua Yang moved to Singapore in 1994 to pursue higher education and started a career as a civil engineer. Following his passion for the arts, Yang attained his Bachelor of Fine Art from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and then at the University of Huddersfield, UK, in 2004. In 2006, he obtained a Master of Fine Art specialising in Sculpture from the Open University, UK and LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore. Yang is one of the founding members of the art collective Vertical Submarine, which is known to explore and challenge social conventions in its quirky, tongue-in-cheek humour through multi-disciplinary art forms such as paintings, drawings, and mixed media installations. Yang is most notable for his site-specific and time-based drawings composed of a single continuous line. 

Influenced by the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben’s essay, Time and History, which explores the expressions of time, Yang was inspired to employ the continuous line in his artistic practice. In this work, Yang combines his exploration of the different known expressions of time, such as linear, circular, one with a beginning and an end, and time which takes place in space and time as the present moment.


Joshua Yang