Art Stage Singapore 2015


Art Stage Singapore 2015 Stand A10

Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre Level B2

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore

Private view (by invitation only) and Vernissage: 21 January 2015

Exhibition Dates: 22 – 25 January 2015

Art Stage Singapore

Su Xiaobai b.1949, Peaceful Skyblue (2014), Oil, lacquer, linen and wood, 170×168 cm

(66 9/10 x 66 1/10 in.)

Zhu Jinshi b.1954, Sunset Picture (2013) Oil on canvas, 180 x 160cm (70 9/10 x 63 in.)

Ben Quilty b.1973, Lying on Jim Morrison’s Grave (2014) Oil on linen, 130 x 220cm

(51 1/5 x 86 3/5 in.)

SINGAPORE—Pearl Lam Galleries is pleased to announce its participation in the 2015 edition of Art Stage Singapore, presenting artworks in the Galleries sector, stand A10, and showcasing a special installation work by artist Joana Vasconcelos as the fair’s centerpiece, located in the middle of the fair grounds. Art Stage is Singapore’s preeminent international art fair and has attracted top galleries from around the world in its previous 4 editions. The fair returns with its anticipated fifth edition to the Sands Expo and Convention Centre on Level B2 of the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, with the fair open to the public from 22–25 January 2015.

Pearl Lam Galleries’ stand in the Contemporary section of the fair will feature works by leading contemporary artists from across the globe, including Chinese artists Qin Yufen, Qiu Deshu, Su Xiaobai, Zhu Jinshi; British artist Peter Peri, Tibetan born artist Gonkar Gyatso, Australian artists John Young and Ben Quilty, Chicago-born Carlos Rolón aka Dzine, Cameroon-born artist Barthélémy Toguo and Indonesian artist Gatot Pudjiarto.

A special presentation of a major large-scale installation work by celebrated Portugese artist Joana Vasconcelos, entitled Tetris 17th Century, will feature as the fair’s centrepiece, located at the heart of the fair grounds.

Although these artists work with a variety of mediums and subject matters, they all contribute to the Galleries’ mission of stimulating cross-cultural dialogue on contemporary art between China, the rest of Asia, and the West. Each is engaged with their cultural background and issues relating to identity, be they societal, cultural or national.

Influential Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi, whose works synthesise Chinese sensibilities with an international visual language, returns as a highlight at the Pearl Lam Galleries stand with his oil on canvas work Sunset Picture (2013). Using traditional Chinese aesthetics, Zhu’s canvases incorporate a series of ‘mind images’ that emphasise the harmony between mankind and the natural world. Each image is mapped with thick, layered oil paint to create a highly textured surface that represents inner spirituality, the experience of migration and the perception of world phenomenon.

The Galleries will also present a selection of mystical works that combine sculpture and painting by one of China’s most distinctive painters, Su Xiaobai. Ranging from shell-like finishes to sensuous, curved profiles and abraded textures, they exist entirely on their own terms, exuding their own history, character and independent presence.

Featuring at the Galleries’ stand are paintings by Ben Quilty which feature his unique technique of creating a geometric monoprint of thick oil paint by pressing a painted canvas onto a clean one, inspired by the inkblot tests created by the 19th century psychologist and pioneer of mental health research, Hermann Rorschach. This strong figurative element and subversive humor in Quilty’s portrait works is further expanded in his solo exhibition, Straight White Male, currently on view at Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong.

Also on view will be colourful Chinese abstract painting by Qin Yufen and a large, vibrantly hued work by Chinese artist Qiu Deshu which features his signature method of “fissuring” and radically resituates the use of colour and the traditional material Xuan paper within the framework of Chinese painting. Tibetan-born artist Gonkar Gyatso will present a collage painting and a series of Buddha sculptures incorporating his use of self-designed stickers and logos. Gyatso’s repetitive use of the Buddha and appropriation of our media-saturated environments illustrate his interest in ubiquity and accessibility in material and pop culture.

Chicago-based artist Carlos Rolón, also known as Dzine, will present a work made of pearlized automotive paint, metal and quartz crystals on an aluminium panel, a characteristically hybrid work playfully situated between the worlds of conspicuous consumption and urban artefacts. The showing of this work at Pearl Lam Galleries’ stand at Art Stage coincides with Rolón’s solo exhibition Mi Casa at Pearl Lam Galleries’ Singapore space at Gillman Barracks, the artist’s first showing in Singapore. Mi Casa can be seen as a follow-up to Rolón’s highly successful installation My Mother’s Living Room at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, which was an exact reproduction of the artist’s childhood living room from 1976. Born to a Puerto Rican family and growing up as a child in Chicago, the artist bore witness to the ways in which first generation immigrants adapted to new American middle-class lifestyles. It is from here that Rolón’s present incorporation of custom culture, faux luxury and visual excess into his work originates.

Peter Peri’s painting Sand Glo (2014) continues the artist’s ongoing engagement with a psychologically charged modernism. The work incorporates Peri’s use of marker pen to build up a dense monochrome screen of horizontal lines, bordered by a single black vertical strip of spray paint. The work, one of nine created for Peri’s recent 2014 solo exhibition at Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore.

Pearl Lam Galleries will also be showing for the first time an oil on canvas work by Cameroon- born artist Barthélémy Toguo. Political geography and personal boundaries have long been an implicit subject in Toguo’s studio work, and his paintings depict an expanded world of human, animal and vegetal metamorphosis. His deft appropriations may be seen as an inversion of the historic pillaging Africa underwent during colonial rule.

Indonesian artist Gatot Pujiarto follows up his successful showing in Embodied at Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong in 2014 at the stand this year with Actor of Life, a work exploring abnormalities, weirdness, and tragedy. Also featured at the stand is Hong Kong-born, Melbourne-based artist John Young, an oil on linen work entitled Homage 1902 #3. The painting is a personal, emotive translation of an ‘automatic’ composite image selected by Young out of thousands of others, all computer-generated by applying predetermined Photoshop filters through batch processing of stock photographs, landscapes and nudes.

In the Public Artworks sector, Pearl Lam Galleries is proud to present Tetris 17th Century (2012), a major installation work by acclaimed Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos. Tetris 17th Century alludes to the game Tetris and features Viúva Lamego hand painted tiles and hand made crochet parts. Joana often draws inspiration from the history of colonization and acts as a commentator of the real. She is particularly interested in the legacies of former Empires (Portuguese, British, Spanish, Ottoman), how they have evolved, their role in contemporary society and their common features. The different elements in the installation make reference to diverse influences and their imprint on culture, reflecting at the same time on tensions between tradition and modernity. The hand painted tiles, known as azulejos, were introduced to Portugal in the 15th century by the Moors through the Islamic tiles which were decorated with abstract and geometric designs. These tiles are still in production today and are considered part of the country’s cultural heritage, reflecting its glorious past. Tetris 17th Century is firmly situated in the present – which is why the game Tetris is used as a reference to techonology – but are also critical of the importance of the past in revealing layers of civilizations and understanding cultural hybridity. Two large-scale wall-bound sculptures from this series of Vasconcelos’ work, Florence Nightingale and Taprobana (2014), will also be featured at Pearl Lam Galleries’ stand.

About Barthélémy Toguo

Barthélémy Toguo was born in 1967 in Cameroon, and currently lives and works between Cameroon, France and USA. Toguo trained at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, the Ecole Supérieure d’Art, Grenoble, France and the Kunstakademie, DÜsseldorf, Germany. Employing sculpture, installation, performance, photography and film, drawings and watercolours, Toguo’s work exposes the absurdities of borders and boundaries and explores the effect travel and transition has on an individual’s sense of identity, freedom and human relationships and emotions. His recent solo shows include: A World Child Looking at the Landscape, Nosbaum & Reding Art Contemporain, Luxembourg (2012); The Well Water and Shower Life, La Verrière by Hermès, Brussels, Belgium (2011); International Print Biennale, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, UK (2011); The Lost Dogs’ Orchestra, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France (2010). Recent group shows include: La Triennale: Intense Proximité, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2012); 11th Havana Biennial in Cuba (2012); A terrible beauty is born, Biennale de Lyon, France; 18th Sydney Biennale, Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London (2008). In 2011, he was made Knight in the Order of Arts and Literature, France. His work is part of major international art collections including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art of Miami, USA and Kunstsammlungen der Stadt, Düsseldorf, Germany.

About Ben Quilty

Ben Quilty was born in 1973 in Sydney, Australia. In 1994, Quilty completed his Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in painting at the Sydney College of the Arts. He later went on to receive a certificate in Aboriginal Culture and History from Monash University in 1996. In 2001, he received a Bachelor of Visual Communication at the University of Western Sydney. Quilty grew up in the outer suburbs of north-western Sydney, where his youth typified the self- destructive character of Australian masculinity: drugs, alcohol, and recklessness. He was a willing participant in this risk-taking and destructive behaviour, but always questioned it. It was this period of his life that inspired most of his work today. Images such as skulls, snakes and grotesque Siamese-twin compositions have since been seen in his paintings creating a dark and uncanny genre across the majority of his artworks. His works feature in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Quilty is the recipient of the Doug Moran Portrait Prize in 2009. In the same year Quilty was named runner-up for the Archibald Prize for the same portrait. He then won the Archibald Prize two years later for his portrait of Margaret Olley. In 2014, he received the top award at the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards in Singapore for his painting Smashed Rorschach.

About Carlos Rolón / Dzine

Carlos Rolón aka Dzine was born in 1970 in Chicago, Illinois, where he currently lives and works. Rolón, who also goes by the name Dzine, has been recognized for his elaborately crafted paintings and ornate sculptures that come out of Kustom Kulture. His practice encompasses a range of media moving seamlessly between murals, sculpture, painting, and installation while he investigates pop culture, craft, ritual, beauty, spirituality, and identity and its relationship to art history, subculture, appropriation and the institution.

The artist has held solo exhibitions at The Dallas Contemporary, Dallas; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and CAM Contemporary Art Museum. In 2007 Rolon represented Ukraine in the 52nd Venice Biennale. He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation award for Painting and Sculpture. Rolón’s work is in notable public collections including: Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Brooklyn Museum, New York; City of Chicago Public Art Collection; Museo del Barrio, New York; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; and Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine.

About Gatot Pudjiarto

Gatot Pudjiarto was born in 1970 in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. He graduated from the Department of Fine Art and Design at IKIP Malang in 1995. He lives and works in Malang. Pudjiarto’s works explore abnormalities, weirdness, and tragedy. Inspired by uncommon events or occurrences in everyday life, including stories he heard from friends, TV shows and news that surrounds him, Pudjiarto’s works amuse and provoke audiences to reinterpret daily stories as a new reality, to enjoy it and feel emotions caused by it. The visual sensation in his works is combined with unique textures created by pasting, patching, layering, tearing, binding and making patterns. He has exhibited throughout Indonesia and in Malaysia, Russia, Hong Kong and Korea.

About Gonkar Gyatso

Gonkar Gyatso is a Tibetan born British artist. Born in 1961 in Lhasa, Gonkar moved to London in late 1996 on a scholarship to the Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design, where he attained his MA in Fine Art. Gyatso holds a BFA in Chinese Brush Painting from the Chinese Institute of Nationalities, Beijing, and studied Thangka (traditional Tibetan scroll painting) in Dharamsla. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) in 2014, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA) in 2013, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Israel) in 2010. Gyatso has participated in the 53rd Venice Biennial (Italy) in 2009, the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane (Australia) in 2010, and the 17th Sydney Biennale (Australia) in 2010.

About Joana Vasconcelos

Joana Vasconcelos is a Portuguese artist, born in Paris in 1971, who lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. She achieved major international recognition when her sculpture The Bride, a 5 metre high chandelier comprised of 25,000 tampons, was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Since then, her career has gone from strength to strength, including recent solo exhibitions at Château de Versailles in 2012 (where she was the first woman and youngest artist ever to exhibit work), Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon (2013); Trafaria Praia, the Portuguese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); and Joana Vasconcelos: Time Machine at Manchester Art Gallery (2014).

About John Young

John Young Zerunge was born in Hong Kong in 1956 and moved to Australia in 1967, where he currently lives and works. Young read philosophy of science and aesthetics at the University of Sydney and then studied painting and sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts. His investigation of Western late modernism prompted significant phases of work from a bi- cultural viewpoint – the Silhouette Paintings, The Polychrome Paintings, the Double Ground Paintings and the Abstract Paintings. Recently Young’s work has focused on transcultural humanitarianism. Young’s works have been shown in major exhibitions in Australia and abroad, including at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. He has devoted a large part of his career towards regional development in Asia, and was also seminal in establishing in 1995 the Asian Australian Artists’ Association (Gallery 4A), now the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Young has regular solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, and also shows in Berlin, Beijing and Hong Kong.

About Peter Peri

Peter Peri was born in 1971 in London, UK. He graduated from the Master’s in Fine Art programme at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2003. Currently, he lives and works in London, UK. Peri’s primary mediums are drawing, sculpture and painting: three distinct bodies of work which explore the tension between line and volume, figuration and abstraction, and the question of tradition and influence in Modernism. Recent solo exhibitions includeThe Reign of Quantity (2014) at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore, Last Family (2013) at Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium and We, The Children Of The 20th Century (2011) at Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France. He has also shown at Art Now (2007),Tate Britain, London, UK; Country 10 (2006), Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Classified: Contemporary British Art from the Tate Collection (2009), Tate Britain, London, UK; and How to Improve the World, 60 years of British Art—Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London, UK. His works are in the permanent collections of Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Arts Council of Great Britain Collection in UK, and UBS Funds (Kunsthalle Basel) in Switzerland.

About Qin Yufen

Qin Yufen was born in 1954 in Shandong Province. She began to create abstract art in the late 1970s. In the mid-1980s, she moved to Germany where she was influenced by Western painting. Her works from this period used both Western and traditional Chinese ink painting techniques, while still depicting Oriental aesthetics of tranquillity and ethereality embodied by Zen meditation. Qin Yufen has held solo exhibitions in Beijing, Tokyo, and Berlin, among other international cities. She has participated in several group exhibitions including Left Hand, Right Hand: A Sino-German Exhibition of Contemporary Art (2003), Beijing; The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art (2005), New York; The First Today’s Documents 2007— Energy: Spirit, Body, Material (2007), Beijing Today Art Museum; Wu Ming, Form is

Formless: Chinese Contemporary Abstract Art (2011), Contrasts Gallery (now Pearl Lam Fine Art), Shanghai; and The Art of Line (2014), Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore.

About Qiu Deshu

Qiu Deshu (b. 1948, Shanghai) re-immersed himself in ink painting after the Cultural Revolution and co-founded the Grass Painting Society (Cao Cao Hua She), one of China’s first post-Mao experimental artist circles. In the early 1980s, Qiu developed his signature style of works called ‘fissuring’ (lie bian), which literally means tearing and changing in Chinese. It is a pictorial metaphor for the artist’s life and artistic career, both of which have experienced dramatic disruptions and setbacks. Qiu applies vivid colours to xuan paper, which he tears up before mounting the fragments to a base layer, often leaving space in between to create a pictorial field with the “cracks” that he feels are symbolic of life’s journey. Among other institutions, Qiu’s works have been collected by the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), Shanghai Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

About Su Xiaobai

Su Xiaobai was born in 1949 in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province. In 1965 he joined the School of Art and Crafts in Wuhan, and from 1985 he studied oil painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. In 1987, he received a scholarship to study at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf, where he was exposed to avant-garde Western art. Through his various journeys, Su has developed a language rich in personal experience and abstract symbols. During the 1990s, his work became progressively less figurative and following his return to China in 2003, it has increasingly focused on essential characteristics of colour, shape, and surface.

Recent solo shows include Su Xiaobai (2014) at Almine Rech in Paris and Painting and Being (2014) curated by Paul Moorhouse, curator at the National Portrait Gallery in London, at Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong.

About Zhu Jinshi

After completing an artist-in-residency in Germany and teaching in the Architecture Department of the Berlin Technical University, Zhu Jinshi (b. 1954, Beijing) returned to Beijing, where he currently lives and works. He began painting abstract works in the late 1970s, and participated in the Stars group exhibition, the first avant-garde art exhibition after the Cultural Revolution. Zhu has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions including 28 Chinese (2013–14) at The Rubell Family Collection in Miami, Zhu Jinshi: The Reality of Paint (2013) at Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong, Zhu Jinshi (2012) at Blum and Poe in Los Angeles, Chinese Contemporary Abstract, 1980s until Present: MINDMAP (2012), which was Pearl Lam Galleries’ inaugural show in Hong Kong, and his recent solo exhibition Simplicity at Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore in 2014.

About Pearl Lam Galleries

Founded by Pearl Lam, Pearl Lam Galleries is a driving force within Asia’s contemporary art scene. With over 20 years of experience exhibiting Asian and Western art and design, it is one of the leading and most established contemporary art galleries to be launched out of China.

Playing a vital role in stimulating international dialogue on Chinese and Asian contemporary art, the Galleries is dedicated to championing artists who re-evaluate and challenge perceptions of cultural practice from the region. The Galleries in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore collaborate with renowned curators, each presenting distinct programming from major solo exhibitions, special projects and installations to conceptually rigorous group shows. Based on the philosophy of Chinese Literati where art forms have no hierarchy, Pearl Lam Galleries is dedicated to breaking down boundaries between different disciplines, with a unique gallery model committed to encouraging cross-cultural exchange.

Contemporary Chinese Abstract art is heavily represented in the Galleries roster. Influential Chinese artists Zhu Jinshi and Su Xiaobai, who synthesise Chinese sensibilities with an international visual language, are presented internationally with work now included in major private and public collections worldwide. The Galleries has also introduced leading international artists such as Jenny Holzer, Jim Lambie and Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) to markets in the region, providing opportunities for new audiences in Asia to encounter their work. Pearl Lam Galleries encourages international artists to create new work which engages specifically with the region—collaborating to produce thought-provoking and culturally relevant work.

Pearl Lam Design shows works by established and emerging international designers, including Maarten Baas, Mattia Bonetti, Andre Dubreuil, and Studio Makkink & Bey, in exhibitions and design fairs around the world. They are invited to push the boundaries of traditional Chinese art and craft techniques and create new works that reflect their experiences in China. A fourth gallery and concept store devoted solely to design will open shortly in Shanghai.

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