Calvin Tay (b.1987) is a graduate of the National University of Singapore. Having been educated in Industrial Design, he is intrigued by materials and their properties, and is perpetually seeking new ways to manipulate them. Applying his understanding of different mediums and fabrication processes to the concepts of his works, he is intent on creating pieces that are formally and conceptually cohesive.
Through his works, he seeks to induce a lingering, subliminal sense of insight – constantly uncovering the absent and recovering the lost. In 2014, he examined the remarkable technology of 3D-printing, producing handprinted lampshades that were affordable, unique and self-evident of the trace of the individual, in contrast with the uniformity and costliness of machine 3D-printed wares. This process has been repeated in his recent Conjugation series.
In 2017, he was awarded a residency with the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China. His works during the residency revolved around the overlooked intangibles he experienced when moving around and interacting with the city and people.
2018 has seen him showcase the Conjugation : Singapore series in his solo exhibition in Singapore at SPRMRKT (Cluny Court) from July to September.
A self-proclaimed plant maniac, he describes nature as the perfect designer.
Find out more about his works here.