'being human' # 6 : Phuan Thai Meng

Ex(change) Project 
Mind Map by Participants – Blue (1993); De Ming Wei (1994); 
Hoh Chial Miean (1994); Tiffany Huan Jia Jin (1994); Yau Sir Meng (1992) 
Acrylic on linen / Dimension variable / 2014


Phuan Thai Meng (b. 1974, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia) went to Malaysian Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur and finished with a Diploma in Fine Art (1996). A string of successful solo exhibitions such as ‘The We Project’, Richard Koh Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur (2010) and ‘Mapping the Homeland: We are Proud of You (?_?)’ at Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore (2011) was followed by invitation to participate in the 7th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2012). In the same year, his artwork in the Singapore Art Museum collection were part of the travelling ‘Welcome to the Jungle: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia’ exhibition at Yokohama Museum of Art (2012) and Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan (2013). A respond to conceptual and contextual interest, the artist is as an observer of the socio-political state of the nation. His photorealist paintings and installations depict spaces in the city as results of rapid construction or urban decay. Bringing attention to these overlooked environments and constructions, he presents a type of geography in his constant exploration of the possibilities with various strategies as a process of learning, thinking and communicating.