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Stephanie Jane Burt's 'What is the current that presents a behaved waist' at Yeo Workshop

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Stephanie Jane Burt's 'What is the current that presents a behaved waist' at Yeo Workshop
Installation View of Stephanie Jane Burt, What is the current that presents a behaved waist, 2020. Steel crinoline structure, fabric, cushion, grey suit, lace, scrap fabric, garden hose, and ribbons, Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Yeo Workshop

In her second solo exhibition at Yeo Workshop, Singaporean artist Stephanie Jane Burt presents an exciting new large-scale installation that transforms the entirety of the gallery space. The title of the exhibition, What is the current that presents a behaved waist’ – is an adaptation of Gertrude Stein’s poetry from Tender Buttons – which sees Stephanie examine and inquire into the conditions that enable specific ways of looking and behaving to surface. In her profound attention to materiality and form, the artist creates a wholly immersive experience through her dynamic installation; consisting of fabrics, garden hose, lace and ribbons.  

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Stephanie Jane Burt, What is the current that presents a behaved waist, 2020, ribbon, acrylic on canvas // Available on The Artling

Informed by Stephanie’s fervent interest in film and fiction, ‘What is the current that presents a behaved waist’ centres around Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller, Vertigo. The film follows an ex-police officer, Scottie, a sufferer from acrophobia (the fear of heights), who is hired as a detective to prevent an old friend’s wife, Madeleine, from committing suicide. Scottie eventually comes to the realisation that Madeleine never existed beyond Judy’s performance. The later part of the film documents Scottie’s desperate attempts to resurrect the image of Madeleine through Judy who gives into his desires.

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Stephanie Jane Burt, What is the current that presents a behaved waist, 2020, cushion, ribbon, lace, and acrylic on canvas // Available on The Artling

Burt envisions the gallery as a mise-en-scène that stages a parallel fiction where Judy’s interiority can be contemplated and complicated. Through a material language that plays with the integration and disintegration of various materials such as metal, wire, ribbon, and lace, Burt choreographs how the unyielding costume of Madeleine that Judy wears can be made vulnerable and yield to other possibilities of becoming.

 

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Stephanie Jane Burt, What is the current that presents a behaved waist, 2020, ribbon and acrylic on canvas // Available on The Artling

Installation View, Stephanie Jane Burt, What is the current that presents a behaved waist, 2020, Steel crinoline structure, sewn fabric cushion, sewn grey suit, lace, scrap fabric, garden hose, and ribbons, Dimensions variable.

Image courtesy of Yeo Workshop

Installation View, Stephanie Jane Burt, What is the current that presents a behaved waist, 2020, Steel crinoline structure, sewn fabric cushion, sewn grey suit, lace, scrap fabric, garden hose, and ribbons, Dimensions variable.

Image courtesy of Yeo Workshop

Installation View, Stephanie Jane Burt, What is the current that presents a behaved waist, 2020, Steel crinoline structure, sewn fabric cushion, sewn grey suit, lace, scrap fabric, garden hose, and ribbons, Dimensions variable.

Image courtesy of Yeo Workshop

About the Artist

Stephanie Jane Burt is an artist whose practice spans from sculptural installations to fictional prose. She completed her studies at Glasgow School of Art, where she received her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Painting and her Master of Fine Arts. Her work invites the viewer to explore dialogues between her installations and their settings through a fictional narrative at times referencing film and literature. Her research looks across feminism, gender, an analysis of girl culture and the nouveau roman. She recently completed a residency at ISCP New York in 2019 and has started a research project, A Stubborn Bloom, which explores representations of femininity within fashion, film and material culture.

About the Curator

Samantha Yap (b. 1993) shuffles between writing and project management across the fields of art and design. She curated at second sight (2019) at Coda Culture and her writing was featured in the poetry anthology My Lot Is a Sky (2018). As a writer, she works with poetry, fiction, and is especially attached to ekphrastic modes of writing. Currently, she is in the final term of her degree in English Literature and Art History at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, where she is researching on vulnerability and writing.

About the Gallery

Yeo Workshop is a contemporary art gallery that produces a series of exhibitions, represented artists projects, and gallery-based programmes such as talks, symposiums and guiding research. Every few years the gallery undertakes an archival research project on a pioneer generation artist that is relevant to our reading of contemporary art, having recently held the first major retrospective for Singaporean figurative artist Solamalay Namasivayam. The gallery’s aim is to promote the work of contemporary local and international artists with a strong artistic practice, and engage with the Singaporean and visiting audience. It puts emphasis on education via programmes surrounding its exhibition.

Exhibition Dates:

14 March - 19 April, 2020

Venue: 

Gillman Barracks
47 Malan Road #01-25 Singapore 109444
Singapore

Due to ongoing developments of COVID-19, Yeo Workshop will remain closed until 4, May 2020. For more information on the exhibition, click here


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