There is a propensity to overlook the moments and experiences that fill daily life. These routine activities and actions well integrated into everyday life are often taken for granted and relegated to the peripheries of our consciousness. However, the things we do, hear and see every day inadvertently shape who we become and how we engage with people and the world around us.
In Sensory Anchors, Yang Jie draws attention to the occurrences that take place around us. These could be sounds heard at the local coffee shop as people have their morning breakfast, the ticking of a clock, or lights that turn on as evening approaches. Through a series of kinetic sketches, he recreates abstractions of movements characteristic of these scenes and everyday moments. These sketches are assemblages comprising various materials, including readymade objects commonly found in Singapore. This medley of sketches takes on a life of its own, either performing gestures autonomously or reacting to their surroundings.
By drawing attention to the mundane and temporal moments in life and magnifying them through his works, Yang prompts the viewer to reflect on how objects, routines and habits anchor our lived reality and influence who we become.
About the Artist
In line with his background in engineering, the works of Yang Jie (b.1984, Singapore) consists mainly of kinetic sculptures that are often playful and interactive. Inspiration for these sculptures are drawn from the artist’s preoccupations with how everyday objects, stories and ideas are assembled and put together as well as their afterlives. His solo exhibition Mechanical Arm was presented at Grey Projects, Singapore (2013). Notable collaborative projects by the artist include Instant Citizen with Fiona Tan at Dialogic Art Space, Golden Mile Tower, Singapore (2016); and Dining As Theatre, PassionArts Festival, Singapore (2018), an interactive installation and performance with Syamil Dasuki.