The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, an organisation created by Parisian luxury high fashion brand Hermès to support creative pursuits, is conducting a unique exhibition titled ‘Some Other Matter’ by artist and industrial printmaker Irfan Hendrian. The Indonesia-based artist who works predominantly with paper will showcase his works at Aloft At Hermès, an art space for contemporary artists in Singapore from August 1 to October 13, 2019.

Through the exhibition, the artist seeks to delve deeper into the equation between technological advancements and its impact on our relationship with paper. “The material world has shaped our history and nature, it gives us possibilities of producing anything, thus directly influencing everything in our lives. Our interaction with it every day, through using or implementing it, imbues it with memories, meanings and values,” says Hendrian.

Drawing inspiration from Bandung, where he lives and works, Hendrian presents his take on the city’s dying publishing industry through a series of discarded machinery and dilapidated buildings using paper as a medium. It’s not all bleak, though, as the artist attempts to highlight the inherent resilience of paper, and its ability to accommodate more volume, strength and durability. This, he argues, opens up a world of possibilities in terms of how paper can continue to be relevant and metamorphose into other credible matter. 

Hendrian’s work accrues even more significance given Indonesia’s position as one of the top suppliers of paper resources in the world, and it is a commentary on the larger issues of urban planning, capitalism and market forces. The artist who studied in Singapore, New Zealand and Indonesia has several solo and group exhibitions to his credit in countries such as South Korea, The Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

‘Some Other Matter’ will be open from 10.30 am to 8 pm daily until October 13 at Aloft at Hermès, 541 Orchard Road, Singapore. Admission is free.


(All images by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.)

Staff Writer