Keep Calm and Summer On is a multi-medium art exhibition centred around what a typical European summer would offer — the heat, beaches, colours, blooming flowers and more. The exhibition will feature works by 10 artists curated by Mazel Galerie Singapore. One of them is British artist Julian Mayor who will be featuring his work in Asia for the first time. Mayor fuses industrial and craft to create sculptural furniture, like the Black Solaris chair that has a metallic exterior and silhouette of a 1960 space rocket. Other names also include Malaysian artist Yeo Siak Goon who will be the first Southeast Asian artist to exhibit in Mazel Galerie featuring paintings inspired by the tropical islands of the Malay Peninsula.
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From the rich history of Hiroshima, artist Tadanori Yoshimoto will be exhibiting his intricate showcase of fan art in Singapore for the second time, after his debut in 2014. His fan art is hand-drawn on both sides and inspired by Japan’s flowers and landscapes. Yoshimoto coined his own term: “Flower Fan Art” — a technique that uses watercolours, acrylic and gel inks on special smoked bamboo that frames the fans. Interestingly, the bamboo changes its appearance with time, which makes his art an etch of evolution. This exhibition is in collaboration with Japanese home goods store Atomi.
Stillscapes is a joint exhibition of work from Australian artist Merryn Trevethan and Singaporean artist Joel Yuen created during their time as NPE Artists in Residence. Trevethan’s work focuses on cityscapes she calls Zeroland that manipulates architectural motifs and infinite repeatability of images to form “a collapsing of space; a landscape with no horizon”. On the other hand, Yuen’s work called Pastiche focuses on convenience and low-cost consumerism in the 21st century. He uses objects found from value stores to create a contemporary edition of 17th-century Dutch still-life paintings. Together, the two artists examine the urban setting in today’s world.
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Sans☒ is created by Singaporean artist Irfan Hendrian that explores abstraction by ‘reducing’ images into non-representational motifs to challenge a viewer’s perception. The exhibition is named Sans with the symbol “☒” that denotes a system error when a character is undefinable or unspecified. This is to illustrate Hendrian’s objective of avoiding representation.
The latest digital art exhibition called Kanzero features illustrations by the Japanese artist who goes by the sobriquet Wataboku. The male artist illustrates Japanese girls in their tender high school years; a period Wataboku believes possesses dreams, hope, disappointments, transition and self-discovery. Although his work is detailed, Wataboku hides behind a disguise. He does not reveal his real name or age and even wears a white mask when in public.
The Head Spinning, Loop Creating exhibition is centred on the topic of anxiety in different aspects of space. The gallery features artwork by four different artists with varying purposes. Mithra Jeevananthan confronts imagined space, Yoo Seung Ji searches for a “safe space”, Nicolette Teo constructs spaces while Kheyton Lim examines living spaces. Look out for Kheyton’s “Gone will be Today’s Tomorrow” where he creates an assemblage with torn pieces of paper from a Chinese almanac calendar, to echo worries and anxiety that can be felt by everyday objects found at home.