Wall paint, glitter ribbon and polyvinyl acetate wood glue on wood base
Dimensions: 73cm (H) x 52cm (W) x 7cm (D) / 28.7" (H) x 20.5" (W) x 2.8" (D)
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.
Based in: Singapore
Samuel Xun is a multidisciplinary artist based in Singapore, graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts. His practice explores emblems of culture and identity, often centred around themes of emotion, cognition, and aestheticism. His work includes sculpture, installation, and textile compositions informed by film, culture, and personal narratives.
Xun’s oeuvre cross-references the hegemonic framework of queer identity within the national rhetoric and world- at-large, filtered through the lens of lived experiences and the psychoanalysis of self. His characteristically ornamented surfaces are governed by a cathartic process of making that posits the use of colour, texture, and text, as a means to convey humanistic resolutions to social discourse.Ultimately, Samuel is interested in how art can provide catharsis, facilitate empathy, preserve culture, and foster better interaction in a digital society.
His recent exhibitions include a solo
I’m Exhausted, Where is He?, Art Agenda, Singapore (2022), and group exhibitions Veneer & Visage, Supper House, Singapore (2022), It’s My Party & I’ll Cry if I Want to, The Projector, Singapore (2022), Dress/Address, Grey Projects, Singapore(2021), and Only Losers Left Alive, Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2021). Xun and his work have also been published in VOGUE, The Straits Times, ELLE, Female, L’OFFICIEL, MU/SE, MEGA, Nüyou (女友), and Mensfolio.
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