Singapore Biennale 2006
Thursday, June 19, 2003
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Monday, June 16, 2003
Sculpture Square’s 4th Anniversary Exhibition
Sculpture Square, 155 Middle Road
17th June to 24th August 2003
11am to 6pm weekdays,12noon to 6pm weekends.
A dog-headed Miss Thailand with muscular legs, glowing columns of pure light, and an odd-ended sculpture that leans precariously…. Expect unusual encounters when 9 contemporary artists from Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam get together to celebrate the 4th anniversary of Sculpture Square!
Subverted Boundaries features the latest works by some of the region’s most cutting-edge artists, including:
Singapore - Ho Tzu Nyen, Yvonne Lam & Lim Shing Ee
Thailand - Vasan Sitthiket, Saravudth Duangjumpa & Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
Vietnam - Dinh Gia Le, Nguyen Minh Thanh & Vu Dan Tan
Their art includes interactive installation sculptures, mixed media constructions with whirling mechanical devices, video installations, and site-specific works. One of the Vietnamese artists, Nguyen Minh Thanh will be in Singapore to install his site-specific work, conceptualised in response to the unique character of Sculpture Square’s 133-year old Baba Methodist chapel galleries. In the context of widely diverging cultural histories, these artists share a commitment to developing sculptural art beyond the formal, social, political and religious boundaries of their home countries.
Sculpture Square is only art space in Singapore devoted to the development of 3D art and is located at the junction of Middle Rd and Waterloo St, a 5-minute walk from Bugis MRT Station. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6333-1055. Our website address is www.sculpturesq.com.sg
SINGAPORE, 2 June 2003 – ARTAGENT, Asia’s newest curatorial and fine arts advisory, is pleased to present its first exhibition, THE TEMPORAL GAZE, comprising of solo shows by two of Thailand’s most exciting contemporary artists working with and experimenting in photo-prints.
L-R: Detail of Defeat of Victoria, Davis 1 by Natee Utarit
The first show, Repertoire of the Innermost, presents one of Thailand’s most visionary photographers MANIT SRIWANICHPOOM. This rare black-and-white series on the Thai contemporary art world will be shown in its entirety for the first time outside of Thailand. It opens on June 19th 2003, and will remain on view till July 5th 2003.
In this revealing portraiture series, Manit Sriwanichpoom boldly challenges, “What’s in your face? What’s in your face, shoved through the camera in my face?” Working closely with famous figures - artists, critics, curators, performers, he encourages them to break away from self-ego and play to his camera. Some pose naked; some perform for the camera; others are inspired to open up in ways they themselves find inconceivable. Revealing their inner psyches, their private freaks, their obsessions of the moment.
The second show, Still Pictures, presents 20 new works by NATEE UTARIT. These recently completed works continues Utarit’s exploration with his much-lauded “Reason and Monsters Project” series, and will be the first time he works with photographic prints. It opens on July 10th 2003, and will remain on view till July 26th 2003.
By visually quoting the great masters of the Western artistic tradition in his paintings, Utarit forces the viewer to question the very nature of artistic creation and originality, especially when his creativity takes the form of apparent destruction through deliberate application of enamel and wood stains. These 20 pieces are separated into two series. The first series ‘Death of Victoria’ features seven subverted variants of the classical sculpture from the Louvre, ‘Victoria de Samothrace’. The second series explores the concept of beauty using flowers and Greek busts as the central motif, giving a strange new life to these appropriated classical compositions.
“Separately, both artists already approach and manipulate the photographic medium in singular ways. When presenting their works as parts of one exhibition, the impact is amplified not only by extending the arena for discussion about their parallel and timeless themes, like the search for truth, beauty and originality, but at the same time, consider afresh the cultural context in which these images have been created”, says Helen Tay of curatorial duo, ARTAGENT.
THE TEMPORAL GAZE will be exhibited at Plum Blossoms Gallery, MITA Building, 140 Hill Street. Gallery hours are weekdays, 11am to 7pm, weekends, noon to 7pm. Limited-run colour catalogues with essays will be published to accompany the exhibition. This exhibition is supported by Plum Blossoms Gallery and Numthong Gallery.
Based in Bangkok, Manit’s artistic career has been marked by his continual engagement and excavation of Thai contemporary culture in a global context. His exceptional work has recently placed him as South East Asia’s only entry in BLINK - a compendium showcasing 100 of the world’s rising stars in photography.
The past six years has also seen Manit working and exhibiting in Europe and Asia. Exhibitions include the 1st Fukuoka Art Triennial, the 24th Sao Paulo Biennale, “Global Scent of Thailand” in Edsvik, Sweden, “Thai-Tanic” in New York, and the traveling exhibition, “36 Steps from Asia” organized by the Singapore Art Museum. Manit was also given a solo exhibition at the Yokohama Museum of Art last year, and this year, he will be participating at the 50th Venice Biennale under the Thai Pavilion.
Based in Bangkok, Natee continually investigates and experiments with painting in its traditionally purest forms as well as in contemporary permutations. As such, he is one of the very few Thai artists of his generation whose works exhibit technical expertise as well as intellectual curiosity.
Although a young artist, Natee has already amassed a handful of important exhibitions both at home and internationally. These include the 3rd Asia-Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, “Unfolding Perspective” at ARS 01, Kiasma, Helsinki, “Snapshot” in Hong Kong and “Next Move” in Singapore.
ARTAGENT, Asia’s newest curatorial and fine arts advisory, presents independently-curated exhibitions of contemporary art that explore themes that are relevant to our understanding of visual cultures today. Founded by Josef Ng and Helen Tay, ARTAGENT sets out to redefine curatorial strategies in exhibitions and to provide superlative fine arts services for its clientele.
In Singapore, please contact:
Tel: +65 9787.7788
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