ART SG 2023: 8 Stellar Booths
Art SG debuts in Singapore 12–15 January. Take an early look inside the booths of Miles McEnery, KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Pearl Lam Galleries, Gazelli Art House, Pi Artworks, ShugoArts, Alisan Fine Arts, and MAKI Gallery.
Jacob Hashimoto, Between Ambition and the End (2022). Acrylic, bamboo, paper, wood, and Dacron. 137.2 x 121.9 x 21 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York.
Miles McEnery, Principal of Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
From Patrick Wilson's meticulously-layered acrylic hues to the high-gloss neon glow of Beverly Fishman's pharmaceutical-shaped compositions, the works featured in our presentation celebrate materiality and surface.
Over the past year, the gallery has undergone exciting expansions, both physically and conceptually.
We are excited to have recently welcomed Jacob Hashimoto, an American installation artist of Japanese heritage, and Hong Kong-born British painter Fiona Rae to our roster, and are delighted to highlight new works by Hashimoto and Rae at the inaugural edition of ART SG.
Kosaku Kanechika, Owner of KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Tokyo
Our first presentation in Singapore features two artists whose international recognition are on the rise but also represent a distinctly Japanese element in their work.
Takuro Kuwata makes contemporary forms out of traditional ceramic techniques which result in these eye-catching and dynamic sculptures. He doesn't shy away from using unconventional colours and materials, and creates sculptures that are organic in their imperfections and disfunctionality, echoing the philosophy of wabi-sabi.
Noritaka Tatehana similarly reconsiders Japanese history. His heel-less shoes are recognised globally for having been worn by Lady Gaga, but these are in fact inspired by elevated wooden clogs historically worn by courtesans.
Both artists' practices evolve from the long tradition of craft and aesthetics in Japan, and toe the delicate line of respecting traditional ideas and implementing experimental processes that break away from convention.
Pearl Lam, Founder of Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
Colbert has created a global following for his cartoon lobster persona. His work powerfully explores the patterns of contemporary digital culture and its relationship to a more profound art historical dialogue.
Mr Doodle, meanwhile, has constructed a whole new visual phenomenon: his DoodleWorld. He stands at the forefront of a new art wave that crossed pop art with street art, taking the online art community by storm with a mass social media following.
Mila Askarova, Founder of Gazelli Art House, Baku
We are very excited to be bringing a real-time generative piece called Infinite Glimpses (2022) by Brendan Dawes, who we will also be showing as a solo presentation at Art Dubai Digital in March 2023.
We're also thrilled to launch a new thread of the 'AI Am I?' series by Alexander Reben, a collaborative human-machine project that questions the extent of AI creative input and outputs in the form of ceramic sculptures.
Last but not least, Lauren Lee McCarthy's Saliva NFT brings conceptual and critical rigour to the idea of data collection, ownership, and privacy.
Collectors of the work will participate in a saliva exchange with the artist resulting in a minted NFT on GAZELL.iO's dedicated platform.
Jade Y. Turanli, Founder of Pi Artworks, Istanbul
'At dusk I think about what we are doing #1-5' is a series of five ceramic glazed stoneware sculptures made by Holly Stevenson that suggest mother, father, and child relationships. Four of the forms have cylindrical voids at the point at which a belly button might appear, a direct reference to Barbara Hepworth's 'pierced forms'.
The poetic title At dusk I think about what we are doing expresses a meditative mood, and the reactive glaze creates a surface that resembles a dusky sky with each one of the receptacles containing a circular orange disc connoting a moon.
The oval dish at the base references an antique jade vessel which served as Sigmund Freud's favourite ashtray, a form frequently employed by the artist.
Minako Ishii, Director at ShugoArts, Tokyo
Our exhibition will be lively with a large number of artists.
A large new bronze work by Shigeo Toya will be unveiled for the first time.
Toya's retrospective exhibition Shigeo Toya Sculpture at the Nagano Prefectural Museum opened on 4 November and continues until 29 January, 2023.
Daphne King, Director at Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong
We wanted to showcase a selection of artists that best represent Alisan Fine Art's vision, which is promoting Chinese Diaspora artists with a strong focus on ink art.
Our highlights include ink master Lui Shou Kwan's two semi-abstract lotus paintings from 1963, Lotus and Red Lotus, in which he experimented with abstraction and symbolism based on Chinese philosophical theories, ultimately leading to a sense of Zen.
We will be showing Lui Shou-Kwan's works together with his granddaughter Tiffanie Ting's landscapes on canvas.
Another highlight is a a testimony to love, life, and the beauty of nature by Walasse Ting entitled Apple in Summer Night (c. 1990). It is painted in a rich palette of bright acrylics on rice paper, and layered with powerful brushstrokes in Chinese ink and acrylic.
Masahiro Maki, Founder of MAKI, Tokyo
We will be exhibiting in a large booth at ART SG, about 60 square metres, so we will take advantage of the space and bring several large works to impress visitors.
A highlight of our booth is Keisuke Tada, who has newly joined the gallery roster. His work is the result of his exploration of new perceptions of time, gravity, and matter as he relates himself to virtual and imaginary spaces such as games, movies, and books. —[O]