Sarung fabric, prayer mat, acrylic, canvas, and flax on canvas
Dimensions: 50cm (H) x 87cm (W) / 19.7" (H) x 34.3" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
“Art, frolicking in the sand playground of our memories, has a crucial role amidst Singapore’s endless cycle of demolition and rebuilding and the accompanying logic of pragmatism and state control. Contemporary art can critique but also console.” – Clarissa Oon, Writer
The humbling element of a playground is its pre-ordained status as a fun zone, an active, mobile site for bodies and minds to roam. This same need for fun activity is crucial in an artistic process. In spite of our limitations structurally, we are all able to carve an essence of a space to forge a momentary bubble of unadulterated play. The solid dimensions of structure give rise to environmental and external commentary, the way we play can also be traced to the way we live and die.
In State of Play (2022), seven artists invite us into their pursuit of alternate creative zones traversing play, catharsis and myth. Showcasing works by Ash Ghazali, Hu Qiren, Mengju Lin, Faris Nakamura, Ivan David Ng, Melissa Tan and Samuel Xun in varying mediums, the exhibition conveys their respective visual languages in the common denominator of play in art.
Sarung fabric (made in malaysia), prayer mat (made in indonesia), acrylic, canvas and flax
Based in: London
Ash Ghazali (b. 1975, Singapore) has been involved with creative projects for more than two decades. He has had an acclaimed multi-disciplinary career in advertising, winning prestigious awards including the Cannes Lion Award. Most recently in 2017, he won the Creative Circle Awards London - a prestigious accolade for top creative talents in the UK’s communications industry. Ghazali made the eventual transition into fine arts in 2016. He is now a visual artist based in Kilburn, London, UK. His first solo exhibition titled, Silent In The Petrifying Silence, in 2018 was featured at the Telok Ayer Arts Club, Singapore.
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