Where the Sidewalk Ends is the first in a series of curated group exhibitions at Chan + Hori Contemporary in line with the theme, Return to Poetry - a reaction against the hype and spectacle that the art market has come to embody and a desire for artwork to make one feel again. Inspired by a poem from Shel Silverstein, celebrated children's book author and illustrator, the show calls for a renewed sense of wonder and connection that is fuelled by the virtue of observation. Through colour, texture, forms and lines, artworks by 11 artists in the exhibition unravel layers of stories and narratives. The featured artists are: Masuri Mazlan, Jay Ho, Gerald Tay, Lugas Syllabus, Sheryo & Yok, Decki "Leos" Firmansah, Yarno, Hayatuddin, Loi Cai Xiang, Speak Cryptic and Ivan David Ng.
-When we were young, we were world-builders—an unlikely truth. For all that we conjured up could manifest in reality, ideas rendered in chalk scribbles turning into fluid spaces where time and dreams coalesced. Fuelled by the virtue of observation, colours, forms, textures and lines morphed into fantastical encounters, backdrops for discovery and adventure. As we got older, wishes morphed into wishful thinking, and experiences gave way to a sense of dread.
Yet, the child and adult are not mutually exclusive. For the capacity to feel and to be moved overwhelms us at unexpected times. Our dreams are sequenced images of memories and strange encounters - symbols and motifs tying us to universal myths and the human experience. Within poetic words and richly-layered artwork surfaces lie manifold stories and narratives filled with wonder, emotions and personal memories, as we so desire.
It is time to embrace a duality of sorts, the acknowledgment that sorrow is inseparable from joy and we are suspended between the two. That artworks, ultimately, should inspire feelings beyond hype and pomp. That in slowed-down moments of solitude and reflection, we re-discover parts of ourselves we thought were lost and move closer to being whole once more.
Press release courtesy Chan + Hori Contemporary.