Art Stage Singapore seems to have established itself as that annual January event to kickstart the region’s art engine. If Art Stage itself met with mixed reviews, this year Singapore had a lot to offer outside the fair as well. Right now, there’s the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize Finalists, ‘Still Moving’, and ‘Medium At Large’ exhibitions at Singapore Art Museum, a solo exhibition of Suzann Victor’s work from her residency at STPI, La Salle College of the Arts’ 30th Anniversary exhibition ‘Modern Love’, and a good collection of exhibitions at Artspace@Helutrans (Arndt, Galerie Steph, Ikkan, RK Fine Art). Goodman Arts Centre opened its studio doors for an open house; and of course, there was the very successful crowd-pulling ‘Art After Dark’ event at Gillman Barracks, which must have seen a record number of visitors this year – collectors were not pleased having to jostle with the masses, but the not-your-usual-art crowd queueing up to see Gilbert and George, Ding Yi and Rina Banerjee among other excitements, was pretty impressed! Bravo to the organisers – hopefully some of the traffic will keep trickling through to support the galleries at Gillman Barracks.
Two strong photography-based exhibitions we managed to catch were Nguan‘s ‘How Loneliness Goes’ at ION Art Gallery, and ‘A Tree With Too Many Branches’ by Ang Song Nian at DECK managed by 2902.
For Singapore, this is only the beginning, and doubtless we’ll find ourselves down there again this year. We’re looking forward to the opening of The National Gallery of Singapore slated for September/November this year as well as the next edition of Singapore Biennale.
ART STAGE SINGAPORE 2015
Yunizar’s ‘Lion’ at Gajah Gallery.
Chua Ek Kay’s landscape paintings at Gajah Gallery.
The best smelling booth in the fair… ‘Life on the Island’ by Wu Ming Xing and Huang Bo Chi presented by Yiri Art Gallery, Taipei.
The Wall Street Journal joins in the fun by having a stipple portrait photo booth at Art Stage.
Eddy Hara series of postcards at Nadi Gallery.
Run Amok presents Minstrel Kuik at their booth.
Chris Chong’s multi-channel video projection ‘HEAVENHELL’ presented in the SEA Platform.
‘STILL MOVING’ AT 8Q, SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM
Wawi Navarroza’s ‘Dominion’ work at Still Moving
Sarah Deges’ ‘Shoreline’ work from the Deutsche Bank Collection in the ‘Time Exposed’ section of the Still Moving exhibition.
Sopheap Pich’s rattan sculpture is suspended from the ceiling at Singapore Art Museum’s ‘Medium At Large’ exhibition.
APB FINALISTS EXHIBITION AT SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM
Ho Tzu Yen’s Phythagoras wins the APB Signature Prize award. The bottom part of the image above reveals the ‘wizard’ who orchestrated the entire projection/installation.
Arin Runjang’s Golden Tear Drops installation.
Melati Suryodarmo’s ‘I’m a ghost in my own house’ installation at the Glass Gallery. Melati’s performance of grinding charcoal for 12 hours non-stop won the APB Jurors Award.
EXHIBITIONS OPENINGS AT ARTSPACE@HELUTRANS
Galerie Steph at HT.
Naoko Tosa at Ikkan Art Gallery.
TeamLab’s new interactive video projection work “Moving Light, Roving Sight’ at Ikkan Art Gallery. Watch the video of the projection here.
Phuan Thai Meng’s artwork at Richard Koh Fine Art.
Left: Natee Utarit, Right: Agus Suwage, at Arndt’s anniversary show at HT
Gilbert and George were the highlight of Art Week, presented by Arndt at Art Stage (where they held a book-signing), HT and Gillman Barracks.
‘IMPRINT’ BY SUZANN VICTOR AT STPI
From the ‘Cloud’ series (paper pulp poured on layered polycarbonate sheets)
‘I was like that myself… we all held each other’s hands’
LA SALLE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS’ 30TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION ‘MODERN LOVE’
‘A TREE WITH TOO MANY BRANCHES’ BY ANG SONG NIAN AT DECK
NGUAN’S ‘HOW LONELINESS GOES’ AT ION ART GALLERY
‘ART AFTER DARK’ AT GILLMAN BARRACKS
‘A Study on Abstraction’ an exhibition presented by Mizuma Gallery.
The crowd at Gillman Barracks.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Hiroshi Senju. These works are made from acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper.
OPEN HOUSE AT GOODMAN ARTS CENTRE
A photograph by Ang Song Nian installed on one of the lift lobbies. The work is part of a curatorial exercise by Robert Zhao and Genevieve Chuah.