'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...
The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...
On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...
Gajah Gallery Yogyakarta to present Singaporean and Indonesian Artists in Group Visual and Performance Exhibition SUPER/NATURAL from May-June 2017.
Nature, as a subject matter in art-making, is one that has long captured the imagination of artists. Whether defined as intrinsic characteristics, represented as physical forms of the living environment, or contemplated upon as primordial states of existence, in contemporary times, reflections on what may be some of the fundamental bases for being and experience, have also raised much doubt and uncertainty. If the investigation of nature can be said to yield some forms of truth, artists have also sought to reveal the relativity of conditions that have typically afforded the sense of stability in our individual or collective realities.
The exhibition SUPER/NATURAL features more than 10 Singapore contemporary artists from a broad spectrum of disciplines, exploring the ways in which their works mediate with perceptions of nature, reality and systems of belief in the region and beyond. The show presents artistic strategies that subvert nature or the natural order of things as a critical reflection of contemporary society, at times, revealing anomalies and contradictions that may well in fact, be natural in everyday life.
Visual Art Exhibition curated by Michelle Ho
Featured artists: Lavender Chang, Maxine Chionh, Sarah Choo Jing, Warren Khong, Adeline Kueh, Jason Lim, Kumari Nahappan, Ng Joon Kiat, Ruben Pang, Melissa Tan, Zen Teh, Suzann Victor, Chong Weixin, Ian Woo, Robert Zhao (SG)
Performance Art Event curated by Jason Lim
Featured artists: Aliansyah Caniago, Mimi Fadmi, Ridwan Rau Rau, Riyadhus Shalihin (Bandung), FJ Kunting, Arsita Iswardhani (Yogyakarta), Jason Lim (SG)
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