Pearl Lam Galleries is pleased to present Conversation: Ben Loong X Zulkifli Lee moderated by Josef Ng, held in conjunction with Singapore Art Week 2019. Moderated by Josef Ng, Managing Director of Pearl Lam Galleries Asia, the event will offer an insight into the artists’ personal histories, cultural influences, and future directions of their practice. Malaysian artist Zulkifli Lee employs an expert handling of natural mediums to produce abstract, geometric patterns, bridging traditional Islamic aesthetic principles with contemporary art theory. In contrast, Singaporean artist Ben Loong takes a more diaristic approach in his work, recontextualizing industrial objects to question material culture and value systems. Reflecting upon the exhibition FrictionaL, the talk will consider how the artists’ engagements with material can be understood in the larger context of contemporary Southeast Asian art practices and methodologies.