With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.
Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.
Ack Ro' , Jaki Irvine's reflection on the fragility of life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is an 'ambitious, holistic installation' staged like a 'wild disarray of interconnected yet fragmented pieces'.
Jumaldi Alfi is a painter who works sequentially on a set of ideas and themes. He is a graduate from the Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) in Yogyakarta, and a member of the Kelompok Seni Rupa Jendela (Jendela Art Group), one of Indonesia's most prominent contemporary art collectives. Alfi is one of the key members in the progressive movement of Indonesian contemporary art, where his pieces present how Western and Chinese contemporary art affects the Indonesia's art and society.Read More
Commonly found among Alfi's works is the urge for immediacy through the drawing, marking, and scribbling, applied over variations of landscapes and scenes, clued by way of elemental aspects such as foreground, horizon, and suggestions of space. Alfi's markings are feverish, shifting, and ever-transforming, against a tableau that is disconcerting in its fixity and quiet monumentality. This is heightened in his drawings characterised in contrast by the proliferation of figures in various physical and mental state.
In some of Jumaldi Alfi's works, the spirit of 'playfulness' features strongly. With the nuances and signs of this heedless play, a definitive meaning is delayed, or even, often abandoned. In conveying this, Alfi often distributes forms, objects, faces, fragments of landscape, self portrait, scribbles, text, doodles across his canvas surface unhindered by structure. These forms and things are most easily recognisable, but they become evocative as they roam wildly on the canvas. There are no apparent signs to explain to us the presence of these things and forms, and their meanings. They all seem to run free, merely as detached elements.
Text courtesy Gajah Gallery.
One of Singapore’s oldest, continuously running private galleries, Gajah Gallery, marks its 20th anniversary this year. Gallery owner and director Singaporean Jasdeep Sandhu has for two decades been highlighting artists from throughout Southeast Asia and launching the careers of some of the region’s most celebrated talents. The...
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