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State of Art: 5 exhibitions to see this July 2017

Last month had us obsessing over polka dots, vibrant colours and dazzling mirrors at art icon Yayoi Kusama‘s ongoing Life is the Heart of a Rainbow show, as well as pretending we were characters from Downton Abbey — thanks to its recently launched exhibition at Marina Bay Sands. While June seemed to be the peak season for blockbuster art presentations — probably also because it was the school holiday period — this month comes with its share of equally promising art offerings.

A highlight is veteran local artist Ho Kah Leong’s retrospective showcase at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), which was unveiled on 21 June at a grand opening ceremony graced by President Tony Tan. The show charts Ho’s development as an artist, and features his paintings, calligraphy works and woodcuts. Another must-see event is Turkish photojournalist Ara Güler’s ongoing photography exhibition at Leica Gallery Singapore, which depicts scenes from everyday life in Istanbul.

If you’ve already seen all there is to see at Kusama’s popular show — which has been drawing snaking queues since it opened last month — here’s a guide to 5 other art events worth checking out this July. Spanning photography to embroidery and prints, there’s bound to be something for every art-lovin’ soul.

(Main and featured photos: Sharon Chin/ Chan + Hori Contemporary)

1
Sharon Chin: Local Flora

Inspired by plants, Malaysian artist Sharon Chin’s patterns feature vibrant colours and eye-catching shapes. Her works were originally created as illustrations for a book of short stories by author Zedeck Siew, but for this exhibition, have been printed on used fabrics by Kuala Lumpur-based screen-printing company Bogus Merchandise. The ongoing show is held at Chan + Hori Contemporary gallery and ends 23 July.

Chan + Hori Contemporary, Gillman Barracks, #02-09, 6 Lock Road, Singapore 108934

2
Making Art Life: Ho Kah Leong 60 years and beyond

Veteran homegrown artist Ho Kah Leong’s sketches, oil and acrylic paintings, Chinese calligraphy, and woodcuts from the ’50s and ’60s are the main highlights at this retrospective showcase, which closes 9 July. The exhibition also tracks Ho’s journey as an artist and examines how his art form has evolved over the years.

The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655

3
The Age of Disappearance

Presented by Mizuma Gallery, this two-person exhibition is helmed by Japanese embroiderer Satoru Aoyama and musician Ken Ikeda and explores themes of “documentation, disappearance, and regeneration”. Highlights include embroidered world maps by Alighiero Boetti, which have been modified so that the nations appear only when fluorescent in the dark, and video performances set to music composed by Ikeda. The show ends 6 August.

Mizuma Gallery, Gillman Barracks, #01-34, 22 Lock Road, Singapore 108939

4
Folds of Mind

In conjunction with the opening of its new art gallery within its paper and print workshop, art studio NPE Art Residency has launched this inaugural exhibition centred on the concepts of “time, memory, the unseen and the unspeakable”. The show features new works by artists Deusa Blümke and Hélène Le Chatelier; these were created during their time as NPE Artists in Residence. It ends 23 August.

NPE Art Residency, 39 & 41 Kallang Place, Singapore 339169, +65-6395-4444

5
Memories of Istanbul by Ara Güler

Black and white snapshots of everyday life in Istanbul take centre stage at this exhibition by renowned Turkish shutterbug and photojournalist Ara Güler. Güler is the recipient of the Leica Hall of Fame Award 2016, and his works have appeared in international publications such as Time magazine. The presentation is ongoing at the new Leica Gallery Singapore — which focuses on photography exhibitions — at the Fullerton Hotel Singapore until 31 July.

Leica Gallery Singapore1 Fullerton Square, #01-07, Singapore 049178, +65-63369555

Sara Yap
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