4 APRIL 2019, 7-9pm

Venue | INSTINC SOHO, 12 Eu Tong Sen Street soho2@central #04-163

Tel: 62279487






"A removal from or of fault.  DE:FAULT is an exhibition that holds artists at NO fault from the works presented; all faults predicted.  Artists are to experiment playfully. Their only criteria is to act on unfamiliar grounds."


Singapore  - INSTINC is pleased to present DE:FAULT, a one night only exhibition by seven award-winning, established local artists Andy Yang, Ezzam Rahman, Justin Lee, Urich Lau, Yen Phang, Yeoh Hwee Wee and Yeo Shih Yun. Whilst they have exhibited in different exhibitions in Singapore and aboard, this one night exhibition will the first time these seven artists exhibit together! Having been in this location since 2009, this exhibition will also mark INSTINC last exhibition in this current premise and state before a major renovation which starts right after the end of the exhibition. This exhibition also celebrates INSTINC 15th anniversary since establishing in 2004 in Chinatown. 


The works featured in this exhibition are video projections, installations and performances. All the works are new and created just for this exhibition.


DE:FAULT opens on 4 April 2019 7-9pm. All the artists will be present.


Come enjoy this exciting event, chat with the artists and be immersed in this experience before INSTINC transforms...


Andy Yang (b. 1973, Malaysia) is a visual artist based in Singapore. Andy received his fine arts education from the renowned Malaysian Institute of Art in Kuala Lumpur and graduated in 1994. After that, Andy enjoyed a successful career as an illustrator. In the mid-2000s, a trip abroad took him vis-à-vis artworks by the European masters. The profound impression left on him by these experiences led him to broaden the horizons of his creativity and to explore visual artistic languages. Since then Andy has been participating in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including Emotions at Instinc Gallery (2011), Abstract Innovations at One East Asia Gallery (2013), Existential Passages at K+ Scott’s Square (2016), and The Many Glimpses of Drama at Art Forum Gallery (2017).
Furthermore, Andy considered the abstract more suitable to respond to his longstanding passion for music. The exploration into the myriads of possibilities between visual art and music led him to the creation of works under musical stimuli, and also in collaboration with, amongst others, local indie band The Observatory. In Anitya 1 (2011) the artist exposes the process of his art making in full cycle, from creation to destruction, and provides the compelling visual focal point to the music played live by The Observatory, at the Earl Lu Gallery of the Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore. Also, again, for the latest ArtScience Late feature, Ceremony (2019) together with SA TheCollective, the artist celebrated the experiences of human childbirth through an energetic sound performance set against an elaborate visual art installation set.
In recent years, Andy, grown confident in his usual approach, and the unconscious pursuit of fresher challenges has begun exploring a new direction: his field of vision embraces a broader and more balanced perspective. In his artwork for Chok Kerong’s album Tales They Told Me (2017), Andy uses ink and acrylics on paper: emptiness and silence play as much a part as the asemic writing, notes and pentagram’s lines pirouetting and swaying in the energetic composition. In Just Another Evening (2017), the indelible memory of a sunset is distilled, decomposed in its nuanced and essential elements, and conveyed on paper with a composed, measured, and a confident maturity.
About the Work:
Title: Living In Constant Vulnerability, 2019
Medium: Musical Instruments, Durational Sound Performance
Dimension: Variable
The artist’s constant exploration and obsession with visual arts and music brought him to this work. This time, he puts himself in a position where he is most vulnerable, playing acoustic musical instruments in a live and unrehearsed setting, portraying the courage of a creative individual, putting his views in their works out into the world regardless of any audience approval.

Ezzam Rahman is a multi-disciplinary installation and performance artist is known for his interest in the body and his use of common, easily accessible and unconventional materials. He was recognised as a joint winner of the Grand Prize for the President's Young Talents, 2015 by Singapore Art Museum. Ezzam was presented with the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award, 2016 by Yayasan Mendaki and the prestigious Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council, Singapore, 2016. In 2017, he was included in Singapore Inside Out, Sydney, Australia which was organized by the Singapore Tourism Board.
About the Work:
Title: i present – you absent, 2019
Medium:Durational performance (performed by Afiq Danial), acrylic, emulsion on wall, thread, yarn, wool, studio lightings, pillows and mattress cover.
Dimension: Variable
This performative durational presentation is to question the ideas of ‘fault’. Whose’ fault? What is blame? Who is being punished? When things don’t go as planned, what does one do to prevent finger pointing or pushing blame and faulting others?

Justin Lee is a Singaporean visual artist and designer. He has participated in numerous artist-in- residence progammes in Japan (Fukuoka, Studio Kura-2012/14, Itoshima Art Farm-2014, and Tokyo Youkobo-2013). After his graduation with a Diploma in Visual Arts (Fine Arts), he was one of the selected local artists trained at the Tyler Print Institute in New York. Over the years, he has participated in numerous exhibitions held in Singapore and internationally (2000-2002).
As one of Singapore's foremost pop artist whose design projects reflect a fine sense of contemporary design flavoured with an essence of Singapore traditions, Justin's work deserves accolades as both designer and artist. His approach to design is executed with current graphic fundamentals yet reflecting traditional techniques such as his on-going series based on paper-cutting and Chinese woodblock printing styles. The themes and imagery with which he interprets his commissioned design work underscore familiar Asian cultures with a delightful pop treatment that celebrates Asian values in an endearing tongue in cheek manner.
Justin believes that art play an important part in helping people to grow and to see the important role play and awareness of themselves. His works also reflect on words and images from the mass media like signage, billboards and consumer products which control our thoughts and expression.
About the Work:
(Performance Art)
Title: Reflection 倒映, 2019
Medium: Durational Performance, Clothing, Chinese ink, silhouette cutting
Dimension: Variable
Self-reflection helps me to provoke my thoughts, feeling and behaviour, especially during dark time when I am sitting down; looking upon the moon, everything that irritates me can lead me to a different understanding.


Urich Lau, born 1975, is a visual artist, independent curator and art educator based in Singapore. Working in video art and photography, he has presented works in Singapore, Argentina, Australia, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Serbia, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA and Uzbekistan. Exhibitions include Singapore Biennale 2013, VII Tashkent International Biennale of Contemporary Art, the 7th Geumgang Nature Art Biennale and Pyeongchang Biennale 2017. He graduated with Master of Fine Art from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2004. He is a lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts, a founding member of the art collective INTER–MISSION, a member of The Artists Village, Instinctive (INSTINC Art Space), and resident artist at Goodman Arts Centre in Singapore.

About the work:

Title: Life Circuit, 2019
Medium: video projections
Dimensions: Variable 

Life Circuit is a series of audiovisual work made since 2009. Going back to the origin of the work that defies and alters the usual human ability to see, hear and speak, the artist attempts to engage the space in its 'default' state.


Growing up surrounded by plants and animals (his parents are geneticists and agriculturalists), Yen investigates the gaps in our relationships with our bodies, nature, and the biological.

Yen is a recipient of the Winston Oh Grant (2016), Winston Oh Travel Research Award (2016), and was awarded the Cliftons Art Prize (2015) and the UNSW Julius Stone Prize (2006). His work has been collected by the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore, Cliftons Venues, One Farrer Hotel & Spa, as well as British Airways for their Terminal 1 Lounge at Changi Airport, Singapore. He has also initiated projects such as Displacements: 13 Wilkie Terrace (2013), Interstitium (2015), and Repurposing Nostalgia (2016) under the Displacements banner.”


About the work:

TITLE: Admin
 Part 2: Antechamber, 2019

MEDIUM: Durational Performance, furniture, rose petals, gloves paper crown.



How do we discover our new default position in the face of irreversible change? In “Antechamber”, Yen Phang continues his explorations of the actions we take in a time of mourning. It forms the second part of the series “Admin”.


Yeoh Wee Hwee graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons – 1st Class) Fine Art with Contemporary Writing from University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom, in 2006. After receiving her Art Bursary (Oversea) in 2007 from Singapore National Arts Council, she continued to pursue her masters degree in Fine Art from The Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom, and graduated in 2009. She is currently a part-time lecturer in LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Wee's practice enquires into the idea of becoming through a work intensive operation on displacement and transgression. Nothing is stable, things are constantly in a state of becoming; in a state of flux where one never cease to slip and transform into another. About the work Title : The Container Medium : Installation Year : 2019 Statement : The Container utters scattered thoughts and random impressions. There is no default in living.

About the work

Title : The Container, 2019 

Medium : Installation, gold stickers and audio 

The Container utters scattered thoughts and random impressions. There is no default in living.




Yeo Shih Yun (1976, Singapore) graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1998 with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. She then joined LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts and completed a Diploma in Communication Design in 2001, prior to her pursuit of the Post Baccalaureate Programme in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002.

Yeo is known to reinterpret the medium of ink painting with striking results. Her experimentations with the fusion of the traditional form and contemporary mediums, such as new media or performance art, have garnered much acclaim, including a commission by the Singapore Art Museum, the Sovereign Asian Art Prize People’s Choice Award 2012 and the UOB Painting of the Year 2007. Yeo has held solo exhibitions in Singapore, Japan, and Germany, and participated in various other group exhibitions internationally.

In 2017, her first monograph INKPULSE: The Art of Yeo Shih Yun, was published and her critically-acclaimed solo exhibition Diaries, Marking Time and Other Preoccupations is presently on-going at the NUS Museum in Singapore. Yeo is also the founder of the independent art space “INSTINC” in Singapore, where she currently lives and works.


About the work:



1:01 MINS

This installation is a response to the failure of a person, an act and an event that happened in Jan 2019.