Off Shore On Tide ·

(12/12 SOLO)

Wang Ruobing 


  (“Off Shore On Tide” (潮 · 汐) is a solo show by artist Wang Ruobing. “Off Shore On Tide” is an embracive kinetic installation inspired by the movement of tide – the rise and fall of sea levels caused by gravitational pull of the moon and sun. Tides are very long-period waves that move through the oceans. When we allow trash to fall from our hands to land then to sea, we allow them to travel around the world on ocean currents by which no beach is untouchable no matter how remote it is. Being an island city-state, Singapore is especially vulnerable in the marine-ecosystem when the ocean is being trashed globally.

Simulating the movement of the tide, “Off Shore On Tide” brings attention to the issue of traveling trash, for which we are the problem and also the solution. The installation uses mostly recycled materials, and marine debris collected from the coastlines of Singapore, including East Coast, Sembawang, Changi, Pasir Ris Park, Kranji, Sungei Pandan, Seletar North Link, Lim Chu Kang and Pulau Ubin. Compositing these found pollutants with visual and sound, the installation takes on the continuous action of On and Off, highlighting the circular trajectory – a notion of totality – forming the ecosystem in which we are all a part of.

Ruobing has embarked on the research of art and marine ecosystem since 2011. Along this 10-year journey, she would like to thank the organisations including International Coastal Cleanup Singapore, Nature Society (Singapore), National Park Singapore (NParks), Our Singapore Reefs, Waterways Watch Society, and many individuals including Andrew Tay, Joseph Lai, Dr Karenne Tun, Ng Juat Ying, Dr Shawn Lum, Sam Sq, Sivasothi (aka Otterman), Tan Beng Chiak, just to name a few, for their support and advice.

“Off Shore On Tide” is the twelfth and the final project of the exhibition series, “12 Solo” of Comma Space 逗号空间.

Exhibition: 17 April – 2 May 2021

Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday 1-6 pm (including public holidays)

Monday – Thursday (by appointment only [email protected])

Artist tours: 4pm, 17 April 20201 and 4pm, 25 April 2021 (book here)

Conversation with Dr Shawn Lum releases online at 4pm, 24 April 2021, via Comma Space Youtube

Wang Ruobing is an artist, independent curator and art educator based in Singapore. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Ruobing’s artistic work spans across a variety of methods and approaches, including drawing, film, photography, sculpture and installation. Concerned with challenging and exploring different ways of seeing everyday objects and urban landscapes in relation to the rapidly changing world of today, Ruobing creates artworks that actively disrupt perception and spotlight on the anthropological nature of objects. She has exhibited extensively, with solo and group shows showcased both locally and abroad.


“12 Solo” is an inaugural curatorial series for the newly established independent art space, Comma Space 逗号空间. Conceived by artist-curator Dr. Wang Ruobing, “12 Solo” launches 12 exhibitions by 12 artists. Each artist creates a single work and presents it as a solo show.


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