Gajah Gallery proudly presents a major cross-generational group exhibition featuring the works of 21 artists from across Southeast Asia. The exhibition titled GENSET—the abbreviation for 'generator set' which converts power into energy—casts light on new trajectories in Southeast Asian art and the relationships between mentor and mentee artists, resulting in the exchange of knowledge and the expansion of practice.
From the Latin generare or generat, meaning create or created, the exhibition's concept relates and reverbs in all artists—to produce, to perform, to bring about, to originate, to make what has not been done before. Throughout history, art has always taken part in discussions of social, political, and ecological issues, highlighting its power to move hearts and rouse to action. GENSET aims to rediscover what sparks artists and their desire to create, and how one's art can resonate with and continue to inspire future generations.
Looking ahead, the start of the New Year provides the ideal setting in sparking discussion on new trajectories, contemporary inspiration, and the evolution of practice. We rely upon these 'generators' to provide energy; to spark the flame of imagination and innovation that spreads out into the wider sceneasking the question: How are artists from Southeast Asia inspired, and how do they inspire in turn?
Navigating the exhibition, one can form connections between each artist's work yet see how each has evolved and carved their own path, creating their own personal styles. From Malaysian artists Sabri Idrus and Kayleigh Goh's experiments with industrial materials and tactility, to the artistic explorations of prosaic, everyday life by Jendela Art Group founders Yunizar and Rudi Mantofani—GENSET brings together multiple generations of artists from the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, that have influenced each other through their art and strived forward onto a path of their own, in one remarkable must-see exhibition.
Press release courtesy Gajah Gallery.
Singapore Art Week returns from 11 to 19 January 2020 with a host of island-wide events, at the centre of which is the second edition of S.E.A. Focus (16–19 January 2020) at Gillman Barracks, showcasing the best of contemporary art in Southeast Asia.