STPI Gallery celebrates its 15th anniversary in Paris with Jane Lee, Tobias Rehberger, Anri Sala, Do Ho Suh, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Suzann Victor and Haegue Yang.The renowned Singapore-based experimental platform is steadily making waves in the international art scene, being the only Southeast Asian gallery to take part in all three editions of the Art Basel fairs, and now with its first-time participation at FIAC.The booth is a testimony to boundary-pushing achievements in print and paper. Particularly noteworthy is Suzann Victor's newest series of polycarbonate works, where she reversed of the role of paper by using paper pulp as her medium. From Jane Lee's visually titillating work that embraces materiality to explore themes of entrapment and freedom, Tobias Rehberger's free series based on stripped-down typography, Do Ho Suh's works that blur the lines between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional, to Anri Sala's intriguing portraits (which were selected to be presented at Yokohama Triennale 2017), Rirkrit Tiravanija's experimentation with time, temporality and space, the presentation, and Haegue Yang's continuation of her experiments with the visual aesthetics of spices, this presentation, created in collaboration with the STPI Creative Workshop's team of professional print and paper makers, celebrates the manifold possibilities within this medium.
Jane Lee has received several awards, including the 2011 Celeste Prize in New York (Painting) and the 2007 Singapore International Residency Art Prize, of which she was the very first recipient. She is known for her visually stunning and tactile installation works that challenge the notion of a painting, and her rigorous and innovative techniques. She has exhibited at venues like the Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore; the ArtScience Museum, Singapore; the Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice; the Hong Kong Arts Centre; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; as well as at the Singapore Biennale 2008, Collectors Stage at the Singapore Art Museum. Her work Status (2009) is part of the permanent collection in the Singapore Art Museum.
Tobias Rehberger gained recognition with his Golden Lion Award for best artist in the 53rd Venice Biennale and is considered one of the most important contemporary German artists today. Drawing his subjects from quotidian objects, Rehberger creates situations and environments that disrupt our initial perception of objects and their functions, reconstructing our perspective, outlook and relationship with the subjects. He also challenges the fine line between art, architecture and design, working with geometry, colours and abstract forms, developing a distinctive style with works that reflect an interest in man's relationship to mass culture.Major exhibitions include the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2014); Artelier Contemporary, Graz (2012); Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (2011); Tobias Rehberger, MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (2010); Kunsthalle Mannheim (2009); Kunstraum Innsbruck (2008); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2007); Tate Liverpool (2006); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2005); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2004); and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003), as well as The Gwangju Biennale, Venice Biennale, Manifesta, Berlin Biennale and the Yokohama Triennale.
Anri Sala is a French/Albanian contemporary artist who rose to international acclaim for accomplished videos and films, informed by his personal experience to reflect on the social and political changes taking place in native Albania. His remarkable works composed of documentary, narrative and autobiographical approaches highlight cultural transitions, history and collective memory—enhancing these recurrent themes through the use of sound and image.Sala has exhibited widely at institutions including Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Art Institute of Chicago and Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and has participated in the Venice Biennale, Bienal de São Paulo and Manifesta, among others. Numerous awards include Best Documentary Film awards at the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival (2000) and the Prix Gilles Dusein (2000). He has also won The Vincent Prize (2014) and the 10th Benesse Prize. Sala had a major exhibition in New Museum in February 2016, which marked the most comprehensive survey of his work in the US.
Do Ho Suh's awards and honours include WSJ. Magazine's Innovator of the Year in Art, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting and Sculpture award, the Skowhegan Fellowship, the Korean Arts Foundation of America Award, and a Chanil Foundation Fellowship. He is known for his stunning one-to-one scale, architectural fabric installation works that reflect the transnational dilemma of home and belonging, malleable space and memory, and the boundaries of identity. In 2009, Suh broke new ground creating "thread drawings" embedded in paper, leading to a long-term collaboration with STPI in developing thread drawings of greater complexity and scale. Suh has exhibited extensively, including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York; Seattle Art Museum; Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. He has also participated in various biennales, including the 2001 Venice Biennale (where he represented South Korea); the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, the 2010 Liverpool Biennial, and the 2012 Gwangju Biennial.
Rirkrit Tiravanija was raised in Thailand, Ethiopia and Canada; and educated in Chicago and New York. His life is a constant negotiation of cultures and languages from which he draws inspiration for his practice. His most iconic work Untitled (Free), 1992 transforms museums and galleries worldwide into kitchens and a place of communion where he serves rice and Thai curry to visitors. A recipient of the Hugo Boss Art Prize, his works are part of notable public collections such as The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Migros Museum, Zurich; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; and TATE, London. He has exhibited widely at renowned institutions such as the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Bielefeld; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Chiang Mai University Art Museum; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and at biennales such as the São Paulo Biennal (2006); the Liverpool Biennial (2002 and 2004); the Whitney Biennial (1995 and 2005); and the Venice Biennale (1993 and 1999).
Suzann Victor (b. 1959, Singapore)Recognised for her conceptual prowess and ability to articulate complex ideas in technically challenging forms, Suzann Victor is one of Singapore's most pronounced artists to date. At STPI, Victor was intrigued by the textured fluidity of paper pulp. She made the qualities of paper the central highlight, painting with pigmented paper pulp on polycarbonate sheets.From her early practice as an award-winning painter in Singapore in the late 1980s, Victor's prolific journey spans across 22 years and includes a number of public commissions, a 2016 retrospective at the Singapore Art Museum and major international shows including the 6th Havana Biennale, 2nd Asia-Pacific Triennial at Queensland Art Gallery, the 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, 2013 Singapore Biennale and the 49th Venice Biennale where she became Singapore's first female representative.
Haegue Yang (b. 1971, South Korea)Bâloise Art Prize winner Haegue Yang uses spices as a refreshing material to address the geopolitical themes of globalization and civilization's transformation. Experimenting with various dried spices and Chinese medicinal herbs, this usage of modest domestic materials to create ephemeral works is a process that is characteristic of the artist's practice, where she highlights the complex political economy behind this mundane trade. The artist was recently awarded the Wolfgang Hahn Prize.Yang has exhibited at institutions such as the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; Museum of Contemporary Art, Strasbourg; Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen; the Hamburg Kunsthalle; the Greene Naftali Gallery, New York; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Modern Art Oxford; Aspen Art Museum; Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; and New Museum, New York.
Thursday, October 19th & Friday, October 20th: from noon to 8pm
Saturday, October 21st & Sunday, October 22nd: from noon to 7pm