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Exhibitions to Visit this September: Singapore


Exhibitions to Visit this September: Singapore
The Light of Spirit, detail, plastic electric candles, LED bulbs, sand, cast cement, wood, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.

This month of September brings about a whole slew of exhibitions across the island nation of Singapore. From installation to performance, photography to painting, The Artling bring to you these exhibitions to visit month:

The Light of Spirit, detail, plastic electric candles, LED bulbs, sand, cast cement, wood, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.

FX Harsono at Sullivan+Strumpf

Sullivan+Strumpf presents a solo show by seminal Indonesian artist FX Harsono. This exhibition seeks to present a longstanding project of Harsono’s, where he investigates the genocide and mass graves of ethnic Chinese-Indonesians in Java from 1947 to 1949. Also in this exhibition are new series of drawings, alongside two major installations. It is presented as part documentary and part commemoration, whilst taking on the starting point of documentary photographs taken by the artist’s father in the 50s. It highlights how episodes of violence and oppression against the country’s ethnic Chinese minority can be traced back to even before the birth of Indonesian nationalism in the early 20th century. Its transition from a Dutch colony to Japanese occupied territory, and the subsequent Indonesian Revolution thereafter, caused this to be one of the most violent eras in modern Indonesian history.

In Harsono's artist statement, he describes this exhibition in terms of a survivor: I am not angry. It is true that I am not angry... but I want you to know what happened. Nobody should forget, so that these acts are never repeated again. "It has never been my intention to place blame with anyone, rather this is a call to everyone to accept the truth of history, however wretched it is, for a stronger nation."

FX Harsono is on show at Sullivan+Strumpf until the 23rd of September 2018.
For more information, click here.


Image courtesy of Gillman Barracks

Art After Dark, Gillman Barrack's 6th Anniversary

Gillman Barracks celebrates its 6th Anniversary with Art After Dark, on Friday 21 September 2018. From live performances to interactive art experiences, old and new fans of ‘Art After Dark’ alike can look forward to another exciting evening of precinct-wide art activities and programmes from 7pm till late.

For art lovers and those curious about art, celebrate six years of the visual arts at Gillman Barracks by visiting the precinct’s six special highlights this 21 September, including the launch of ‘Trying to Remember A Tree (iii) – The World will Surely Collapse’, a new outdoor installation work by Singaporean artist Rober Zhao Renhui, presented by ShanghART Singapore; ‘SINGAPORE’ by Nguan and ‘Entity of Spatial Existence’, photography exhibitions presented by the Singapore International Photography Festival; galleries will also be opening new exhibitions, including FOST Gallery, Ota Fine Arts and Yavuz Gallery and a guest exhibition presented by Richard Koh Fine Art.

Art After Dark will take place at Gillman Barracks on the 21st of September from 7pm. 
For more information on Art After Dark, click here.

Trees of Life – Knowledge in Material, 2018, NTU CCA Singapore, installation view. Image courtesy of NTU CCA. 

'Trees of Life – Knowledge in Material' at NTU CCA Singapore

Featured in this exhibition are works by Liang Shaoji, Manish Nai, Phi Phi Oanh, Sopheap Pich and Vivian Xu, each of whom has established an ongoing practice around materials derived from plants. This ongoing inquiry explores the knowledge of biological forms within their geopolitical and historical contexts, with focus on four plants deeply rooted in Asia: indigo, laquer, rattan and mulberry. Installations by these artists are outcomes of long-term experimentations with the material properties of each plant and their natural ecosystem. They serve as a starting point to discover more about the materials, looking into their natural and cultural DNA, allowing for further explorations of biological processes intrinsic to these plants and the diverse usages at their locale.

Alongside the artworks, selected documents introduce the complex histories and circulation routes of these natural resources, expanding into the different cultural representation of the chosen plants. 'Trees of Life – Knowledge in Material' contributes to the Centre’s long-term research cluster ‘CLIMATES. HABITATS. ENVIRONMENTS.’, highlighting precarious conditions of habitats and the consequences of human intervention combined with climate change for local conditions.

'Trees of Life – Knowledge in Material' is on show at NTU CCA until the 30th of September 2018
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Golnaz Fathi B.1972, Seasons Changing, 2017. Single-channel video 03’05”. Image courtesy of Pearl Lam Galleries

‘Crossfades and Drawn Forms‘ at Pearl Lam Galleries

Pearl Lam Galleries presents Crossfades and Drawn Forms, a duo exhibition featuring works by Iranian artist Golnaz Fathi and Chinese artist Lan Zhenghui. The gallery interiors have been transformed into an echo chamber of lines and interventions, with exhibiting works including paintings, a series of lightboxes and video projection.

“Reinterpreting classical forms, Fathi’s free abstractions of the written word coalesce with Lan’s monumental ink landscapes to form an undulating visual rhapsody. The spiritual and intuitive strokes central to the artists’ processes of creation unravel themselves upon closer scrutiny, juxtaposing introspection with expression.”

Presented altogether, the dynamic lines and swathes of colour traverse between mediums and schools of practices and thought built on by Fathi and Lan. Driven by their innate meaning—a culmination of discipline, dexterity, and rumination from many years of academic study and refinement of their craft—the collection of drawn forms is a testament to their continuous redefinition of calligraphy and ink painting. A phenomenal transpiration of the essence of art making, Fathi’s and Lan’s ongoing artistic dialogue between the then and now conflates Eastern and Western ideals, cementing their place at the forefront of Asian contemporary art.

'Crossfades and Drawn Forms' is on show at Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore until the 11th of November.
For more information, click here. 

Ronson Culibrina, Above Sea Level 2, 2018, oil on canvas, 152 x 213 cm. Image courtesy of Yavuz Gallery. 

Ronson Culibrina’s ‘Above Sea Level’ at Yavuz Gallery

Yavuz gallery presents Ronson Culibrina’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Entitled ‘Above Sea Level’, this exhibition is curated by Ruel Caasi in collaboration with The Working Animals Art Projects. It features scenes of a coastal town on the verge of decline due to human exploitation. Inspired by a crisis confronting the artist’s own hometown in the Philippines, these new works by Culibrina tell the tale of a town amidst a conflict between survival and progress; it highlights the struggle to preserve ecological harmony and balance.

A crowding of stilt houses, boats and fishermen sit amongst a floating McDonald’s sign and Balloon Dog by Jeff Koons in one painting while Yayoi Kusama’s polka-dotted tentacles rise up from the sea in another, chasing fishermen donning virtual reality sets. These interventions create chaotic yet playful scenes that picture an environment’s deterioration from the forces of exploiting resources through both traditionally established means and contemporary technologies. Above Sea Level captures Culibrina’s reflections on his formative environment and the anxieties emerging from its rapid transformation, resonating with larger, global concerns of society’s unsustainable and adverse mass consumption of the natural world.

Ronson Culibrina’s ‘Above Sea Level’ is on show at Yavuz Gallery until the 16th of September.
For more information, click here.

Image courtesy of Darren Soh. 

‘Before it all goes: Architecture from Singapore’s Early Independence Years’ at Objectifs

A solo exhibition and book launch by Darren Soh, this exhibition seeks to question what Singapore loses architecturally as these early independence years structures are slowly getting demolished and redeveloped. What of our heritage, memories and connections are additionally lost? Most of Soh’s images from this series will be shown for the first time in this exhibition. He has spent more than a decade documenting Pearl Bank Apartments, People’s Park Complex, Golden Mile Complex, Golden Mile Tower, Bedok and Buona Vista Swimming Complexes, Queenstown Cinema, Tanglin Half Estate and Rochor Centre.

"Before it all goes: Architecture from Singapore's Early Independence Years' is on show at Objectifs until the 29th of September 2018.
For more information, click here. 

Image courtesy of The Substation.

‘Deathsong’ and ‘Too Young to Die: Giving New Lease of Life to Singapore’s Modernist Icons’ at The Substation

Substation presents two exhibitions. The first, ‘Deathsong’, is an elegy for our landscape. It highlights our city as a ceaseless grid of lines, roads and arteries for the virtuous circulation of labour and goods. This exhibition presents 4 artists and their alternative visions for place. It features Raymond Goh, Hayati Mokhtar, Post-Museum, and Min-Wei Ting.

The second exhibit, ‘Too Young to Die: Giving New Lease of Life to Singapore’s Modernist Icons' is co-presented with Dr. Chua Ai Lin and Singapore Heritage Society. This exhibition seeks to question what Singapore’s landmark structures mean to us today. Beyond their Brutalist aesthetic, what narratives do they tell about social vision and innovation in Singapore’s development, amount communities, diversity, and dynamics of Singapore society today, about change and continuity in a space over the span of fifty years?

‘Deathsong’ and ‘Too Young to Die: Giving New Lease of Life to Singapore’s Modernist Icons’ are on show at The Substation until the 23rd of September 2018.
For more information, click here.

From Impressions of Yogyakarta Series by Lim Tiong Ghee, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist. 

Echoing Fragments: A Solo Exhibition by Lim Tiong Ghee at The Private Museum

The Private Museum is pleased to present 'Echoing Fragments' by Singaporean abstract collage artist and painter, Lim Tiong Ghee. This exhibition marks the first venture by the museum to send a Singaporean artist to Yogyakarta under its Artist-in-Residence programme. This two-week trip to Yogyakarta was part of an ‘Artist Visit’ supported by Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society.

In the course of Lim’s travels, he visited cultural monuments such as the famous sacred temples, Borobudur and Prambanan, now commemorated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. In addition, his sojourn in Yogyakarta’s thriving artist community yielded many exchanges with the artist studios and art spaces. The batik craft centres and museums in the cities of Solo and Yogyakarta were key locales during his short tarriance in Indonesia.

This exhibition features a body of collage paintings that is part of a decades-long exploration of imprinting his personal experiences into collages. In the brief two weeks of his visit, the collage artworks birthed from the journey emphasises on the batik elements’ interaction with floral motifs, weaving what appears to be the cultural and the physical into a realm of its own through the use of negative space never before seen in his works. The luminous projection of colours present in these works also reflects the envelopment of warmth in the Indonesian atmosphere.

Echoing Fragments: A Solo Exhibition by Lim Tiong Ghee is on show at The Private Museum until the 23rd of September 2018.
For more information, click here.

Image courtesy of DECK. 

Between Love and Death: Diary of Nobuyoshi Araki at DECK

As part of the overarching theme of 6th Singapore International Photography Festival 2018, ‘Between Love & Death: Diary of Nobuyoshi Araki’ traces the universal stories of love, death and sentiments told in a confessional diaristic style, coined by Araki as shishashin or ‘I-photography’. The 118 original photographs delve deep into the heart of Araki’s relationship with his wife, Yoko, beginning from Subway Love (1963) and expanding into Sentimental Journey (1971) and Winter Journey (1990).

In an attempt to exorcise his sadness of Yoko’s passing, Araki’s encounters with youths in the spring of 1994 led to his unflinching studio portraiture, and honest representation of the moment in time. With Araki’s balcony as a performative stage, this erratic and passionate tempo of life is alleviated by the mundane and humourous. While grounded in reality, the cracked lens images from his Uganbochi series are analogies for his failing right eye, like a portal to another world. For Araki, they are reminders that death is on the other side of life, as well as love.

'Between Love and Death: Diary of Nobuyoshi Araki' is on show at DECK until the 9th of December 2018.
For more information, click here.

Image courtesy of Mulan Gallery.

Ceramic Expressions at Mulan Gallery

In partnership with Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan, Mulan Gallery proudly presents the second annual edition of 'Ceramic Expressions', a group exhibition series showcasing new developments in Singapore modern ceramic art. This year’s edition will feature new works by Singapore-based artists Agnes Lim, Aida Binte Khalid, Eddie Yee, Hazel Ng, Hiroko Mita, Suriani Suratman and Tan Gek Lin, accompanied by guest artist and master potter Dr Iskandar Jalil. The exhibition will run from 18 August to 22 September 2018.

Founded to showcase the creativity and versatility of Singapore-based ceramicists, Ceramic Expressions seeks to foster new explorations in ceramic art, firmly placing the development of the artists in their creative journeys front and centre. These featured works include studies in new folds, styles and techniques, each fusing fire and clay, concept and creativity into a potent amalgamation and unique embodiment of a living art.

'Ceramic Expressions' is on show at Mulan Gallery until the 22nd of September 2018.
For more information, click here.

'A Waters Edge', Lisa Waup. Image courtesy of the artist. 

Finding Place & Badjurr-Baluk (Women of Baluk) at ReDot Fine Art Gallery

'Finding Place' is the first international solo exhibition for Lisa Waup, a core, cohesive, figure in the development of the Art Centre since 2012. The exhibition showcases all of Lisa’s exquisite weaving practices, as she creates stunning 3D sculptural works to symbolise connection to nature, connection to land and connection to her people. Whimsical works of tender detail, painstakingly created, meticulously dreamt up, which entice the audience to reflect on the beauty of modern Australian Indigenous culture.

The adjunct exhibition, 'Badjurr-Baluk (Women of Baluk)', has been lovingly curated by Lisa, to complement and energise her own show, and is a collection of works by four key female collaborators from Baluk Arts, Indigenous artists exploring the protective and nurturing role of nature as it applies to them.

Beverley Meldrum, Cassie Leatham, Gillian Garvie and Tallara Gray make up the supporting cast in these not to be missed joyous homages to Indigenous Australian culture.

'Finding Place' & 'Badjurr-Baluk (Women of Baluk)' is on show at ReDot Fine Art Gallery until the 30th of September
For more information, click here. 

Valerio Adami. Image courtesy of Partners & Mucciaccia. 

From Now On at Partners & Mucciaccia

‘From Now On’ features ten internationally esteemed artists. The exhibition explores a different style and technique displaying contemporary art from various perspectives. Valerio Adami, associated with pop art whose works characteristically stylized bold and flat forms of color, which are bordered by black lines, Massimo Giannoni who paints pasty and profound colors with a dense and substantial pictorial matter that enhances the color expressive power, romantic use of oil painting in the abstract expressionist of Frank Holliday, an extraordinary super realism pictorial technique of Luciano Ventrone, Cristiano Pintaldi who elaborates his images through the pixel unit with RGB colours, Gianni Dessi whose abstract painting in an intuitive manner of visual construction, and Oliviero Rainald who pursues sacred art with deep ardour are the artists in the show.

The exhibition is also an occasion to show other distinctive styles of artworks. An iconic portrait of the Pope by Francesca Leone, Shen Shaomin’s one of his MoMA series, inspired by an iconic painting by Fernand Leger, and an artwork by Stephane Graff whose themes are identity, concealment, memory and a secular conception of the sacred is also exhibited.

Exhibition of works by: Valerio Adami, Oliviero Rainaldi, Luciano Ventrone, Gianni Dessi, Massimo Giannoni, Frank Holliday, Cristiano Pintaldi, Francesca Leone, Stephane Graff, and Shen Shaomin.

‘From Now On’ is on show at Partners & Mucciaccia until the 16th of September
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Sang Huoyao. Image courtesy of MoCA@Loewen. 

Horizons of the Mind: Art Works by Sang Huoyao at MoCA@Loewen

MoCA@Loewen is pleased to be the organizer of Sang Huoyao’s first solo exhibition in Southeast Asia. An artist who has dedicated decades to the exploration of Modernist ink experiments, his paintings are constructed out of the fundamental elements of water, ink, and silk – the essential components of ink art from the Tang Dynasty. Basing his practice on the ancient philosophy of Lao Zhuang (老莊), a school of thought derived from the teachings of Lao Zi (老子) and Zhuang Zi(莊子)that forms the tenets of Taoism, Sang strives to achieve the state of Jing Xiang (境象), a state of immateriality that is expressive of the idiom ‘Da Dao Wu Xing’ (大道無型) that is expounded by Taoism. By layering thin veils of ink on silk, Sang has brought out the luminosity of the medium, thus illustrating the tonal possibilities of the ink medium. At the same time, his works exude an aesthetic that is reminiscent of the cultivated expression of the literati, while being simultaneously accessible to an international audience.

Featuring more than 50 poetic works from Sang Huoyao’s ground breaking newest series, ‘Horizons of the Mind: Art Works by Sang Huoyao’ is a contemporary manifestation of the ancient ink and wash landscape paintings that date from the Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1127). Exhibiting in Southeast Asia for the first time, the luminous works will be on display in the lush surrounds of MoCa@Loewen through the months of August to October.

Horizons of the Mind: Art Works by Sang Huoyao is on show at MoCA@Loewen until the 8th of October 2018.
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'The Window Project', Si Jae Byun. Image courtesy of Chan + Hori Contemporary

Momentary – Solo Exhibition by Si Jae Byun at Chan + Hori Contemporary

Mankind and Nature have been perceived as both interconnected and opposing forces. In the Taoist belief system, the way to know the central principle of the Universe is by living in harmony with nature. There is a gentleness and spontaneity in this return to tao, qualities which Si Jae Byun brings across in her works that render paint upon layers of silk. Silk itself is a purely natural product, consisting of fibres and created by caterpillars. Si Jae mounts layers of coloured silk on canvas to achieve “an ideal balance between line and colour” (Si Jae Byun).

The artist presents a new series of works titled ‘Birth’ which shows a fusion of natural structures and architectural elements that have roots plunging into the ground. Here, she draws parallels between nature and humanity – the struggle of a seedling to spread its roots and survive, alongside the inner conflict that individuals face in a bid to assert themselves and establish their identities; the cycles of nature and the cycles of human life; birth, death and renewal.

Momentary – Solo Exhibition by Si Jae Byun is on show at Chan + Hori Contemporary until 30 September 2018. 
For more information, click here.

Installation View: Laila Azra, Material Garden, 2013, various dimensions. Image courtesy of Element Art Space. 

Sewindu: Laila Azra 2010 – 2018 at Element Art Space

‘Sewindu’ is the first retrospective of Laila Azra’s works that unites a selection of paintings and installations demonstrating her artistic development from 2010–2018.

The Singapore-based abstract painter, Laila Azra (b. 1970, Jakarta, Indonesia) uses a technique of building up layers of acrylic paint, liquid latex and resin to achieve diversity, depth and volume to resonate multifaceted layers of place, space and time. Her works materialise a visual narrative of celebrating achievements and successes after hustling through a long and winding path of life.

This ‘Sewindu’ (8 Years in Indonesian language) exhibition will focus on the visual progression of Azra’s methodology and personal narrative. Her composition is influenced by personal experience at a universal level that is easily relatable to the audience. She imbues paint and various mediums with emotional resonance yet at the same time restricts those emotions within the confines of her often indefinable and mysterious forms, dabbing from threads, fabrics, screen printing to 3D pen drawing to name a few. She adapts gestural painting method and uses her hands and body movement to drip, splash, and scrape on a canvas that is often positioned flat on the floor. This results in bold, rhythmic lines and texture-rich artworks, which are characterised by the weaving and interweaving layers of acrylic paint as well as her other chosen mediums.

Sewindu: Laila Azra 2010 – 2018 is on show at Element Art Space until the 26th of September 2018.
For more information, click here.

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