Posts Tagged ‘Singapore’

New Waves, Korea

A dominant feature of contemporary Asian art has always been the reflection of cultural and historical frameworks within which such works are produced: firmly entrenched in tradition, yet forward-looking thanks to the far-reaching changes – and homogenisation – brought about by the formidable impact of globalisation. Even though artistic production in South Korea seems to follow this trend, it is problematised by the emergence of[…..]

Thukral & Tagra: Windows of Opportunity

Windows of Opportunity (2013), Jiten Thukral’s and Sumir Tagra’s (branded as Thukral & Tagra) latest show at Art Plural gallery, gives expression to the cacophonous spectacle of hybridity that defines contemporary India, a site that they deem to be a hotbed of conflicted histories and global transactions. These issues of societal flux are explored in their oeuvre through an eclectic visual language composed of cartoonish[…..]

Geng Jianyi: The Artist Researcher

Born in 1962 of parents who were attached to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Geng Jianyi grew up in a country shaped by rigid, state-mandated structures that had, by the late 1960s to the early ‘70s, fallen a long way short of the idealistic socialist Chinese state that Mao Zedong had envisioned. Where solidary socialism was intended to create commitment to the system by way[…..]

Agostino Bonalumi: The Glass of Shadows

When Lucio Fontana published his Spazialismo series in the 1940s, a fundamental reiteration of this theory was that matter should be transformed into energy to invade space in a dynamic form. In essence, only the conceptually abstract offered the freedom within linear space to explore ideas about movement and time in art. Fontana’s slash series went on to demonstrate this idea, where linear slashes and[…..]

We Like STATIC

Static, Luxury Vandals MMXI, 2011. Five color screen print , 220 gsm Mirriboard, 46 x 46 cm. Edition: 35 (per color variant).

Long entrenched in British literary tradition, parody, pastiche and caricature have, more recently, been revived in contemporary British urban art. Street artist Banksy’s foray into social criticism of war, art world commercialism and totalitarianism (just to name a few) or Mau Mau’s sprawling colourful murals, elaborately scrawled on public surfaces are such notable instances of irreverent commentaries that satirise and caricaturise. A more domestic, less[…..]

Ian Davenport: Between the Lines

Ian Davenport, Puddle Painting: Titanium White, 2009. Acrylic paint on aluminium, mounted on aluminium panel,  28 3/4 x 28 3/4 in / 73 x 73 cm. Image: Courtesy of Waddington Galleries

Between The Lines by British artist Ian Davenport currently on view at the Art Plural Gallery, is an exploration of the materiality of paint and the balance between chance and control where colours are submitted to a rigorous pouring system of densely packed vertical strips on canvases and aluminium panels. Davenport’s creative process thrives within the ambiguities of probability and chance: through the employment of[…..]

Zhan Wang: Universe

Zhan Wang, My Personal Universe, Video still, 2012. Image courtesy of UCCA, Beijing.

In The Savage Mind (1962), Claude Lévi-Strauss made a case for “the intrinsic value of a small-scale model” of art, legitimising the art of the miniature because it “compensates for the renunciation of sensible dimensions by the acquisition of intelligible dimensions”. The miniature or the microcosmic representation is, as Lévi-Strauss rationalised, a schematic reduction permitting immediate intelligibility, because it essentially constitutes a bona fide experience[…..]