Art Talk

ART STAGE SINGAPORE 2017
By Liew Kian Yap
kian@artmalaysiagroup.com



Stand A8

Public Hours
12 January, 12–8pm; 13 January, 12–7pm; 14 January, 11am–7pm; 15 January, 11am–6pm
 
Venue
Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo & Convention Centre,
Level B210 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
 
Singapore—Pearl  Lam  Galleries  is  delighted  to  announce  its  participation  in  the 2017edition  of  Art Stage Singapore, taking  place  from12–15January.  As  one  of  Asia’s  leading  galleries, with  spaces  in Hong  Kong, Singapore, and  Shanghai,  Pearl  Lam  Galleries  will  present  a  range  of  international contemporary artists at stand A8. The Galleries will also be participating in this year’s Southeast Asia Forum, a platform to discuss current global issues through the lens of contemporary art, at the fair.
 
 This  year’s  forum,  titled  “Net  Present  Value:  Art,  Capital,  Future”, seeks  to  explore  the  values  of  art, imagination, and  progress, along  with issues  related  to  conducting  business  in a global  capitalist system.  The Galleries will be presenting two specially selected works by Jenny Holzer(b.  1950, USA) and Yudi Sulistyo(b.  1972, Indonesia).  Best  known  for her large-scale  public  installations  of  texts influenced  by  literature,  society, and  politics,  Holzer  will  present Truisms:  Money  Creates  Taste,  a white  marble  bench  with  the  Chinese  translation  of  the phrase  engraved on its  seat. Dealing  with  the darker  side  of  capitalism,  Yudi  Sulistyo will  present Out  of  Control,  an  imposing  life-sized  model  of  a damaged militaristic aircraft.
 
Further in gits  mission  of  promoting  cross-cultural  dialogue  within and  beyond  Asia,  the  Galleries  will be exhibiting the  works  of  leading  contemporary  artists  across  the  globe at  its  main  stand,  including works  by Pepai  Jangala  Carroll  (b.  1950, Australia), Chun Kwang Young(b.  1944, South Korea), Dale Frank(b.  1959, Australia), Gonkar Gyatso,  (b.  1961, Tibet), Li Tianbing(b.  1974, China), Jason Martin (b. 1970, a British artist born in the Channel Islands), Antony Micallef(b. 1975, UK), Gatot Pujiarto (b. 1970, Indonesia), Qian  Jiahua(b.  1987, China), Bosco Sodi(b.  1970, Mexico), Su Xiaobai(b.  1949, China),Yudi  Sulistyo(b.  1972, Indonesia), Sinta  Tantra(b.  1979, a Balinese-British artist  born  in  the USA),Zhou Yangming(b. 1971, China)and Zhu Jinshi(b. 1954, China).
 
British  artist  Antony  Micallef will be  presenting  a  work from  his Raw  Intent series  that explores the mechanics  of  paint  and its  potential  to  express emotions. Known for his visually charged paintings, Micallef’s works feature a distorted figure of thickly layered paint in front a muted background. Though initially  guided  by  his  own  face  in  the  mirror,  his  works  are  not  meant  to  be  read  as  portraiture. The face only acts as a conduit for exploring the hidden potential of the medium.
 
Inspired  by  uncommon  events  and  unexpected  occurrences  from  collected  stories  and  his  own personal  experiences,  Malang-based  artist  Gatot  Pujiarto  manipulates  textiles  and  magazine  cuttings by tearing, pasting, braiding, and stitching his materials. Unlike his usual darkly humorous caricatures, West  Track (Jalur  Barat)draws  upon  his  personal  memories  scaling  Mount  Semeru  with  his  friends. Reflecting  on  his  experience  as  he  created  the  work,  Pujiarto  muses  at  our insignificance  amidst  the majestic creations of God.
 
Chinese  artist  Li  Tianbing  also  draws  inspiration  from  real  life  in  his  new  series  of  works,  dealing  with the  social  violence  prevalent  in  society,  resulting  from  the  greater  polarisation  between  the  rich  and poor. He is interested in representing the moment where the physical conflict is at its height, where the scene becomes a visual blur and is almost fragmented or even abstract in painted appearance.
 
Yudi Sulistyo’s dioramas entitled No Man’s Land continue this exploration of the destructive nature of humanity with his desolate, dystopic landscapes.
 
British artist Jason Martin is best known for his monochromatic paintings, where layers of oil or acrylic gel  are dragged  across  hard  surfaces, such  as  aluminium,  stainless  steel,  or  Plexiglas,  with  a  fine, comb-like  piece  of  metal  or  board  in  one  movement.  As  the striations  catch  the  light,  their  rhythmic textures  appear  suggestive of  the  ridges  in  a  vinyl  record,  sleeked  strands  of  wet  hair,  the  grain  of  a feather, or the folds of silk sheets.
 
Australian artist Dale Frank challenges the notions of painting through his biomorphic works, creating hypnotic surfaces through his radical experimentations on the painted surface. Using the  universal languages  of  colour,  tone,  and  rhythm  to  engage  with  the  viewer  on  a  purely  instinctual  level, Frank subconsciously  enlists his  viewers  as  participants  in  his  ongoing investigation of the  potentiality  of paint  and  surface.  Frank’s singular vision combined with his masterly manipulation of the painted surface   make   his   stunningly   evocative   chromatic   compositions   hypnotically   beautiful,   but   also cerebrally engaging.
 
Gonkar Gyatso’s work is born out of a fascination with material and pop culture, along with a desire to bring equal attention to the mundane as well as the extraordinary, the imminent, and the superfluous.  Shangri-La combines  Gyatso’s  interest  in  signage  and  iconography, as  well  as his  desire  to  preserve and  celebrate  his  own  culture. Gyatso’s use of Buddhist imagery, together with his appropriation of icons from pop culture, forms his humorous take on the mythical Himalayan utopia.
 
Focused  primarily  on  ideas  of  line  and space,  Chinese  artist  Zhou  Yangming  creates  his  intricate surfaces by drawing and painting line upon line in a meditative process that reveals great discipline of both the hand and mind.
 
Known for her paintings of structures that possess rigid accuracy but musical cadence, Chinese artist Qian Jiahua will be presenting a triptych at the stand. Her work resembles buildings as colour, lines, and  planes  interact  and  support  one  another,  evoking  a  sense  of  architectural  balance  and  harmony. The senseof mathematic rigour and precision helps to construct striking visual orders that create new experiences of visual perception for the viewer.
 
British-based Indonesian artist Sinta Tantra is similarly engaged with the relationship between painting and architecture. The  artist  examines  the  divide  between  the  second  and  third  dimensions; her paintings  define  the  two dimensions clearly,  yet also  find  endless  ways of distorting it. A  bold  and vibrant  palette  inspired  by  her  Balinese  heritage is  typical  of  Tantra’s  works, merging  pop  and formalism, colour and rhythm, East and West, as well as identity and aesthetic.
 
Presenting his works with the Galleries for the first time, Aboriginal artist Pepai Jangala Carroll draws from the magic of the earth in his paintings.  With intricate patterns and layer upon layer of colours, Carroll constructs his interpretations of the landscapes of his country.
 
Known  for  his  richly  textured,  large-scale  paintings,  Mexican  artist  Bosco  Sodi  taps  on  the  emotive power  within the  essential  crudeness  of  the  materials  he  uses. Like Carroll, he is interested in the relationship between humans and the land; his dried earth works are reminiscent of parched deserts, forgotten   lava,   and scorched   dirt,   yet   they   contain   a   colourful   magic   to   them   that   alludes   to opportunities for spiritual transcendence.
 
The  Galleries  will  also show case a  new  work from Korean  artist Chun  Kwang  Young’s Aggregation series,  which  combines  his  early  experimentations  with  Abstract  Expressionism  with  his  mastery  of mulberry  paper,  a  uniquely  Korean  material,  in  his  search  for  a  culturally  authentic  mode  of  artistic expression.  Wrapping  individual  triangular  pieces  of  polystyrene  in  hand-dyed  mulberry  paper,  Chun creates the highly textured surfaces of his mesmerising wall-hung assemblages.
 
Other highlights of the stand include the works of important Chinese artists Zhu Jinshi and Su Xiaobai. Su Xiaobaiis one of China’s most distinctive painters, whose works straddle sculpture and painting. His works focus on essential qualities like colour, shape, and texture, which in various combinations produce unique surfaces, ranging from smooth and sensuous to carved and abraded, with each piece exuding its. own history,  character,  and  independent  presence. Following a successful solo exhibition that opened the new Pearl Lam Galleries Dempsey Hill space, the stand will feature four of Su’s larger works in muted, monochromatic tones.
 
Zhu  Jinshi  is  one  of  the  pioneers  of  Chinese  abstract  and  installation  art.  The Galleries will present a selection of the artist’s works characterised bya thick layering of paint that gives his wall-hung works a three-dimensional, sculptural effect.
 
About Pearl Lam Galleries
 
Founded  by  Pearl  Lam,  Pearl  Lam  Galleries  is  a  driving  force  within  Asia's  contemporary  art  scene. With over 20 years of experience exhibiting Asian and Western art and design, it is one of the leading and most established contemporary art galleries to be launched out of China.
 
Playing  a  vital  role  in  stimulating  international  dialogue  on  Chinese  and  Asian  contemporary  art,  the Galleries  is  dedicated  to  championing  artists  who  re-evaluate  and  challenge  perceptions  of  cultural practice  from  the  region.  The Galleries in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore collaborate with renowned   curators,   each   presenting   distinct   programming   from   major   solo   exhibitions,   special projects, and installations to conceptually rigorous group shows. Based on the philosophy of Chinese Literati  where  art  forms  have  no  hierarchy,  Pearl  Lam  Galleries  is  dedicated  to  breaking  down boundaries  between  different  disciplines,  with  a  unique  gallery  model  committed  to  encouraging cross-cultural exchange.
 
The  four  branches  of  Pearl  Lam  Galleries  in  Hong  Kong,  Shanghai  and  Singapore  represent  an increasingly  influential  roster  of  contemporary  artists.  Chinese  artists  Zhu  Jinshi  and  Su  Xiaobai,  who synthesise  Chinese  sensibilities  with  an  international  visual  language,  are  presented  internationally with  work  now  included  in  major  private  and  public  collections  worldwide.  The  Galleries  has  also introduced  leading  international  artists,  such  as  Jenny  Holzer,  Leonardo  Drew,  Carlos  Rolón/Dzine and Yinka Shonibare MBE, to markets in the region, providing opportunities for new audiences in Asia to encounter their work. Pearl Lam Galleries encourages international artists to create new work which engages  specifically  with  the  region,  collaborating  to  produce  thought-provoking,  culturally  relevant work.
 
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