Saturday, June 15, 2002
La Gallerie @ Asian
Till 4 July
Featuring Anne Gabrielle
Inspired by Asian sights, sounds and mysticism, French artist Anne Gabrielle has created a series of paintings influenced by the richness of her surroundings, with art that fuses both modern and historic elements. Her choice of materials reflects varying textures, from gold leaf to stucco and calligraphic paper. Red tint however is at the heart of this series of paintings, all of them poems to Asia.
Asian Bar & Restaurant, 50 Eu Tong Sen Street.
Admission is free
Wednesday, June 12, 2002
Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession
June 6th till August 25th 2002
Auguste Rodin is undoubtedly the best-known sculptor of the 19th-century. Rodin enjoyed wide appeal during his lifetime. Some of his famous works, such as “The Thinker”, “The Kiss” and “The Burghers of Calais”, are now on view at the Singapore Art Museum, courtesy of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.
The Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Rd, 189555. Tel: (65) 332-3222.
Frank Stella in 2002
Until July 13th 2002
For Frank Stella's exhibition at the new Singapore Tyler Print Institute, he has built canvases out of molten aluminium which has been cast on sand and found objects. The result is aggressive, unruly and exhilarating.
Singapore Tyler Print Institute, 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236. Tel: +65 6336-3663. Open: Tues-Sat 10.30am-6.30pm; Sun 1-5pm. The institute's website has more details.
The Nokia Singapore Art (NSA) 2001 is a visual arts festival which aims to display the latest art developments in Singapore. Stroll, Lean, Slide 2001 has proven to be a major draw. The installation art by local artist Saraswati Gramich, comprises hundreds of luminous lines draped whimsically along part of the Suntec City fountain rim. This piece of art invites direct contact from the audience even as its web-like formation changes with each interaction.
Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Vistas of Internal Spaces
Chan Choy Har
Chieu Shuey Fook
Hong Sek Chern
Mohd Fadli Yusof
Prabhakara Jimmy Quek
Saturday 15th June 2002, 5.30 pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
@ 208 South Bridge Road Level 2
The exhibition runs from 15th June 2002 to 7th July 2002
Opening hours: Mon - Sat 1130am to 8pm; Sun 12pm to 530pm
Tel: 6226 2605 Email: email@example.com
Paintings of interiors are usually intimate affairs. Where landscapes may be expansive, with the image struggling for containment within the boundaries of the painting, interiorscapes are already contained, usually by the four walls of a room. Intimacy is inherent in a painting of the interior as we are forced to focus on the contained elements within. As such we are usually confronted with the immediate environment of the artist: it could be his home, with his personal and private possessions, his studio with the tools of his craft, a communal space which he frequents, or the artist could capture an interior environment alien to him, and exoticize unfamiliar objects which are objects of curiosity.
Landscapes, cityscapes or streetscapes are common, even clichéd genres for both Singaporean and Malaysian artists, but interior scenes have been relatively unexplored, although they can provide rich sources of subject matter for an artist. When an artist paints objects indoors, he normally presents a still life study, which is a concentrated depiction of a group of objects, but this can miss the larger environment of the room, and the ‘roomscape’ or ‘interiorscape’. Interiors intends to showcase a neglected category of paintings somewhere between the landscape and still life.
In Interiors: Vistas of Internal Spaces, six artists from Singapore (Chan Choy Har, Chieu Shuey Fook, Hong Sek Chern, Luis Lee, Prabhakara Jimmy Quek and Samuel Teo) and two from Malaysia (Rafiee Ghani and Mohd Fadli Yusof) present their ‘internal visions’ to contrast views from across both sides of the Causeway. Will the contents of a room betray the inclinations of the artist or occupant, or will it be more telling of the room’s purpose and function? What different approaches can we observe in the depiction of an interior in terms of medium, form, colour and expression? Will the content of the painting take primacy over its execution, or is the interior an excuse for the artist to display his singular style and virtuosity?