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Silas Oo

Silas Oo (b. 1996) a multidisciplinary artist based in Malaysia. Graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from The One Academy, KL. Silas works with various mediums, with a particular interest in the integration of philosophy, psyche and the human condition. Working with more macabre imagery, art is earnest and true, attempting to describe the indescribable with visuals that makes one feel. Anger, sadness, pain, happiness, shame, lust, contempt. A certain lucidity is needed to describe the soul, the psyche. The push and pull between control and the subconscious; what makes us human. Aside from art, Silas also makes a living by modelling for runways and editorials — this unique position also puts him directly in the whirlwind of contemporary image-making culture as well as fashion and textiles. Thus becomes conceptions which he interrogates deeper within himself and his art.

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Where Are Your Manners, 2020

Acrylic & Ink on Canvas, 90cm X 90cm

I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up, 2020

Acrylic & Ink on Canvas, 100cm x 100cm

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whats on TV, 2020

Acrylic Ink on Canvas, 102 x 92 cm

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Be Not Afraid, 2020

Acrylic on canvas, 102 x 92 cm

The works reflect the visual saturation of the Internet, loaded with cultural references and extremely fine details like a network of nerves, or an intricate web. Everything happens all at once — pop culture characters anachronistically traverse across each other’s fictional territories, or into reality, under the strain of information overload which has become the default condition of the 21st-century psyche. The saturation produces a visual and emotional fatigue; glazed eyes seeking out the next stimulant, until eventually the fatigue settles into a reflexive sense of detached irony towards the world.