4-7 December, 2014
STPI returned this December to join over 250 of the world’s prime galleries in the 13th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB), following last year’s success as a first timer to the international art platform that receives over 70,000 visitors. STPI’s booth featured an eclectic mix of its latest collaborative projects with industry heavyweights Rirkrit Tiravanija and Korean artist Do Ho Suh, as well as Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, along with rising Japanese contemporary artist Teppei Kaneuji, whose residency in January 2014 culminated in a production of over 80 fresh artworks that debuted in Southeast Asia at STPI in September, and a preview of works by Singapore’s established artist Suzann Victor. STPI was the only Asia-based gallery to participate in the Edition Sector at Art Basel Miami Beach.
On exhibiting at Edition Sector, ABMB:
“The Edition Sector, together with all the other Sectors, brings diversity to ABMB, offering contrariety, comparison and an alternative viewpoint. The Edition Sector will also carry a true international flavour to the fair as there are no other Asian or Asia based galleries in this sector. Although STPI collaborates with artists worldwide, our strong focus on Asian art provides collectors an excellent opportunity to discover works by leading artists at the forefront of the arts landscape in Asia.
For a collector, the appeal for artworks created as part of an edition would be the price accessibility–which may otherwise be out of reach.
STPI has been featured under the Edition section as our works involve print and paper making techniques, hence the tendency to associate us with editioned works and prints. In reality however, STPI’s projects are often unique, involving diverse mediums and materials. Our works range from layered sculptural works to 3-dimensional self-supporting installations. Teppei Kaneuji’s works, currently exhibiting at STPI’s gallery, are prime examples of how one could take the notion of print to a different level. Kaneuji utilised and applied the technique of print on a myriad of surfaces – from mirror, plexiglass, plywood to fabric, soft toys and paper pulp.
What is most unique at STPI is our work process. Because we run a residency program, the artists MUST be present in our studio to collaborate with our workshop team and to create artworks in our space. The techniques materialized and explored do not stop at the print/paper processes. If you look at Haegue Yang’s Spice Moons, for example, the use of various spices “printed” into the work pushed all boundaries and preconceived notions of print. It was also a project which required a lot of research and study, not to mention man-hours.”
–Rita Targui, Head of Gallery
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