Find respite in the thought-provoking exhibitions from galleries in the Gillman Barracks cluster or feast your eyes on Cuturi Gallery’s lineup of contemporary floral-inspired artworks. If you’re keen on delving deeper into the world of SingLit, head to The Arts House for Textures – A Weekend with Words, which celebrates local literature and its diverse narratives.
Cuturi Gallery builds on its founding vision of democratising the art world with its current exhibition ‘In Full Bloom.’ This selection of contemporary floral-inspired artworks harkens back to how flowers were depicted by prominent movements, such as the Renaissance period and Impressionism. The lineup features established international artists such as Lionel Sabatté, Gael Davrinche, and Romain Bernini. Starring alongside them are emerging practitioners Aisha Rosli, Dawn Ang and Liu Ling from the gallery’s c/discoveries programme, which ensures that 80 percent of sales goes back to the artist.
Textures – A Weekend with Words celebrates the diverse communities of Singaporean literature with a lineup of performances, installations, and workshops. This year’s edition, “These Storied Walls,” breathes life into the many facets of local literature by incorporating interactive elements such as VR and audio-visual experiences. Highlights include O/Aural Waves — Spirited Words, an experiential installation that explores superstition within the realms of religion, culture, and spirituality; and Sorta Scary Singapore Stories, a VR installation by Tusitala Books featuring four local illustrators’ interpretations of local horror stories. Textures – A Weekend with Words takes place from 13-15 March, with selected installations and programmes running until 22 March.
Chan + Hori Contemporary’s latest exhibition ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ takes its name from Shel Silverstein’s poem on childhood and innocence. The show features ten artists from Singapore and Indonesia and showcases works that inspire solitude and reflection, rather than hype and pomp. Expect paintings from Lugas Syllabus that intertwine pop culture, media, and technology; Speak Cryptic’s visual commentaries on current affairs; and Decki “Leos” Firmansah’s surreal dreamscapes.
‘Twofold by Genevieve Chua’ at STPI Gallery and Creative Workshop is the local artist’s largest solo exhibition to date. Print-based works from her residency at the institution and abstract paintings from two of her ongoing series take centre stage. The show builds on Chua’s belief that painting ‘occupies two-and-a-half dimensions’ and explores themes of human vision, simulation, and interpretation. Look forward to works that push the boundaries of paint and print with optically deceptive imagery and various techniques, such as screenprinting on acrylic and relief printing on paper.
‘What is the current that presents a behaved waist’ is the second solo exhibition of Singaporean artist Stephanie Jane Burt. The show at Yeo Workshop draws its title from the poetry of Gertrude Stein and exposes the conditions that foster images of ideal womanhood in hopes of divesting their power. Burt holds an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art and her work spans sculptural installations and fictional prose that investigate representations of femininity and gender.
The Columns Gallery’s current exhibition sheds light on ‘Dansaekhwa,’ a Korean visual arts movement popularised in the 1960s and 1970s that focused on monochrome painting. The genre is frequently celebrated for foregrounding the country’s cultural identity in a time where leading artistic practices were associated with the West. Catch works by practitioners who showcase the genre’s diverse aesthetics and dynamic techniques, such as Yun Hyong Keun, Ha Chong Hyun, and Kwong Young Woo.