24 November–31 December, 2016
SU XIAOBAI solo exhibition
Singapore—Pearl Lam Galleries is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Chinese born artist Su Xiaobai (b. 1949, Wuhan, China). Su’s highly contemporary artworks combine the vocabulary of aninternational artistic style, cultivated during his studies in Germany, with an aesthetic and philosophical practice rooted in Chinese tradition. Self-restraint is at the core of Su Xiaobai’s artistic beliefs. His gift of expressing a grand vision through simple forms has made him one of the most profound artists to address the question of existence through art since the Abstract Expressionists.
In an echo of what the German-American painterJosef Albers (1888–1976) referred to as the materiel, the manipulation of the external appearance or character of the work perceived by touch and vision, Su Xiaobai gradually reduces the primacy of material form over the work itself, integrating the material into its core until it becomes inseparable from the work. This impulse originates from his explorations of the alternative energy present in materie. Ignoring the dangers of obstacles or failures, Su’s poetic inspiration remains unwavering throughout these artistic experiments. He is not afraid to express sincerity in his work, trusting his intuition to bring him towards the actualisation of a simple yet rich “concrete reality” in his experiments. The innocuous flat plane of painting is transformed using the techniques of bodiless lacquerware, creating entities that are curved, textured, and sculpture-like. These works stand at the boundary of object and artwork. Each mark, crease, indentation, and crack documents Su’s complex and time-consuming production process.
Garden of Joyful Red, 2016
163 x 146 x 15 cm; 64 1/8 x 57 1/2 x 5 7/8 in.
Out of the Blue, 2016
154 x 156 x 11 cm; 60 5/8 x 61 3/8 x 4 3/8 in.
Green Amber, 2015
128 x 120 x 16 cm; 50 3/8 x 47 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.