Institute of Modern Art

Dawn Ng: Avalanche

Experience time, memory, and the ephemeral through a 'riot of colours'.


Event Details



Event Starts

Jan 20, 2024

Event Ends

Apr 7, 2024


Institute of Modern Art


420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley QLD, Australia

Singaporean artist Dawn Ng deals with time, memory, and the ephemeral.

For Avalanche, the artist crafted pigmented blocks of ice, then filmed them slowly melting away. Shot against a blank background, the blocks could be tiny or massive—she offers us no sense of scale.

Using time lapse, Ng compressed hours of real time into twenty-five minutes of screen time. But, even sped up, the effect remains meditative. Manipulating our sense of space and time, she fast tracks glacial decay while evoking calming waterfalls and collapsing ice shelves.

Portraying the fluidity of time as a ‘riot of colours’ that swell and ebb, forming rivers and pools, Ng turns entropy into eye candy. 

Experience Dawn Ng: Avalanche at the Institute of Modern Art from 20 January–18 April 2024. Find out more via