It's a Set Situation
Curated by Jason Wee
In this first solo show, Kray Chen presented a series of works dealing with numbers, patterns and the mahjong game.
Read Ho Rui An's Artforum review of the show here.
List of works:
1. It's a Set Situation
An installation consisting of custom-made table, mahjong tiles and a CRT screen. The mahjong tiles were arranged to legendary winning combinations, and all four sides waiting on the same "bird" tile to finish the game - effectively rendering the game winless. Inspired by Hong Kong films where the comic and mythical casino-toppling wins to exaggerate on gambling in Chinese culture. The video shows a repeated gesture of a hand rubbing and fondling with the 'bird tile', again appropriated from Hong Kong cinema.
2. Prime Numbers
A four-digit number panel that generates numbers sixty times a second, syncing its pace with the clock. The numbers are generated through an algorithm that finds prime numbers sequentially from 0 to 9999.
A video projection showing the book The Music of the Primes (Michael Du Sautoy 2004) flipped page by page.
3. 50 4-Digits Numbers To Define My Life in Chronological Order
50 bought lottery tickets were bought containing numbers that are associated with the artist's personal life - from birth certificate numbers, to car plate numbers, to first girlfriend's phone number to pet's birthday.
4. And It's Getting More and More Absurd
edition of 293
An artbook published in conjunction with the show, Kray uses the book format as an alternative exhibition space to discuss other ideas and experiences in parallel with the themes of the show. Contributed texts by Lawrence Chin, Anca Rujoiu and Jason Wee.
Published by Studio Swell
The Lucky Random Number Generator
The Lab @ NTU-CCA (2016)
Vernicula_ @ NAFA Gallery (2015)
Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore (2012)
The Lucky Random Number Generator is a custom software created in collaboration with computer engineer Chang Poo Hee that generates a video narrative on top of four random digits. Reflecting the lottery culture in Singapore, where number spotting becomes intrinsic to everyday life, this machine attempts to be a computerized, chance-based, duplication of the social phenomenon.
In the version created for The Lab @ NTU-CCA, each number generated were printed and certified with an edition number and the artist's signature. The artist carried out an exchange with guest where each prints could be exchanged with cash donation. Prints that were not transacted got pinned onto the wall. At the end of the experiment, a live 4D result annoucement were made in front of the wall of prints.
Institue of Contemporary Art Singapore
Curated by Charles Merewether
Large scale seven-segment digits displayed the latest winning number from Singapore's popular lottery, 4D, that runs three times a week. The digits were changed thrice weekly to reflect the latest winning number.