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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Yunizar

b. 1971, Indonesia

Yunizar spent his formative years at the Indonesian Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta - a school of national pride in the heart of progressive art-making in Indonesia. Yunizar’s training reveals itself in his sophisticated expressive style, articulated through a playful composition and subtle palette. Executed primarily in acrylic and pencil, his works stand out in terms of texture, colour, brushwork and rhythm. A restrained palette of cool colours - yellows, browns and greens- is deliberately dirtied and smudged in his working and reworking of the canvas. The result is a highly tactile work that entices the viewer to feel the piece.

Coretan, Yunizar's solo exhibition at the National University of Singapore Museum in 2008 became the cornerstone of the artist's signature style. The repetition and technique in scribbling marks a desire for meaning to be limitless in perspective. The spontaneous lines are a reflection of the artist's inhibition with the constricting form both text and image sometimes takes. The works are composed of illegible scribbling in lines across the canvas, appearing as fragments of text that struggles to find form or intelligent representation. Working with limited colour, mostly monochromatic, his works reveal a play of lines and textures coming together to create clear rhythms and strong composition. The simplicity of visual elements within his works, according to Yunizar, is the result of a personal aesthetic judgment. He seeks beauty, especially in the trivial and in what is deemed by all else as useless and unimportant. To capture intuition and impulse, that is the great aim of the artist.

Also, there is a long history of oral traditions or Sastera Lisan within the Minangkabau culture. A need to seek narratives in its various forms has always been at the center of the pidato adat (ceremonial orations) which is at the heart of the Minangkabau culture. This is evident in the 'Coretan' series, where the method space used is crucial to narrative. The position of poetic prose within the swirl of lines overwhelming the canvas belongs to a need to release self from the outlines of what has been constructed before. There is an unwillingness to allow the silence to form markers that leave the audience with a contained reading. Instead the abstraction acts as a sensation without an end.

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Featured Artworks

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Tree by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarTree, 2019 cast bronze
124 x 131 x 205 cm
Gajah Gallery
Rooster by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarRooster, 2019 Cast bronze
216 x 162 x 60 cm
Gajah Gallery
Little Little Monster by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarLittle Little Monster, 2018 Cast bronze
38 x 40 x 15 cm
Gajah Gallery
Untitled by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarUntitled, 2018 Acrylic on canvas
200 x 300 cm
Gajah Gallery
Untitled by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarUntitled, 2018 Acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 x 5 cm
Gajah Gallery
Little Monster by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarLittle Monster, 2018 Cast Bronze
69 x 34 x 91 cm
Gajah Gallery
Untitled by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarUntitled, 2018 Acrylic on Canvas
200 x 200 cm
Gajah Gallery
Untitled by Yunizar contemporary artwork
YunizarUntitled, 2018 Acrylic on Canvas
200 x 250 cm
Gajah Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, LANDSCAPE’S LEGACIES: Visualising Alam Minangkabau at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
Closed
25 January–18 February 2018 Group Exhibition LANDSCAPE’S LEGACIES: Visualising Alam Minangkabau Gajah Gallery, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Archaeology of the Present at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
Closed
22 July–13 August 2016 Group Exhibition Archaeology of the Present Gajah Gallery, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Yunizar, The Garden In Eden at Gajah Gallery, Singapore
Closed
18 January–7 February 2016 Yunizar The Garden In Eden Gajah Gallery, Singapore

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Art Jakarta Drops Anchor in a Stormy Southeast Asian Art Market Ocula Report Art Jakarta Drops Anchor in a Stormy Southeast Asian Art Market 6 Sep 2019 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Jakarta may be sinking, prompting the announcement last month that Indonesia will create a new capital on the island of Borneo, but the city's longest-running art fair is on the rise. Founded by the license holder of Harper's Bazaar Indonesia, the fair began as Bazaar Art Jakarta in 2008. While it's still owned by the same holding company, MRA...

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James Page on Yogyakarta Art Lab Ocula Insight James Page on Yogyakarta Art Lab By Elliat Albrecht

Initiated by Singapore-based Gajah Gallery in 2012, Yogyakarta Art Lab (YAL) is a foundry and production house located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. With a small staff expertly trained in a variety of metal production techniques, the lab's purpose is to engage international artists to experiment with new mediums in order to expand their practices....

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Jasdeep Sandhu Ocula Conversation Jasdeep Sandhu Founder, Gajah Gallery, Singapore

In 1996, Jasdeep Sandhu established Gajah Gallery in Singapore with the purpose of promoting Southeast Asian Contemporary Art with an emphasis on Indonesian contemporary art. Now twenty years on the gallery is about to expand into a 6,000 square foot space in Tanjong Pagar Distripark in Singapore, and also recently opened a second exhibition...

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In Related Press

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GAJAH GALLERY 20TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION Related Press GAJAH GALLERY 20TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION ArtAsiaPacific : 24 November 2016

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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Inaugural Art Stage Jakarta shows the best of Indonesian art Related Press Inaugural Art Stage Jakarta shows the best of Indonesian art Art Radar Journal : 16 August 2016

Held at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel, the inaugural edition of Art Stage Jakarta featured 33 international galleries from Asia, Europe and the United States, and 16 local galleries. In addition there were a number of supported events, such as talk shows, seven private VIP tours of collector’s homes, public artworks and two...

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Gajah Gallery marks 20th year in new space Related Press Gajah Gallery marks 20th year in new space The Straits Times : 26 February 2016

At a time when art galleries are downsizing or shutting down, Singapore's Gajah Gallery is marking its 20th anniversary in a new space at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. The 6,000 sq ft gallery at Artspace@Helutrans, with its 5.5m-high ceiling, allows it to display large sculptures, installations and paintings. The space is more than twice that...

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The dollars and sense of Art Stage Singapore Related Press The dollars and sense of Art Stage Singapore Huang Lijie for The Sunday Times / 28 January 2015 : 2 February 2015

Five years on, Singapore's flagship art fair Art Stage Singapore has grown from strength to strength and made an impact beyond the event. The increase in gallery participation and attendance at the annual fair has helped boost business for both the art and non-art industries, as well as burnished Singapore's status as an arts hub. Still,...

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