5 art exhibitions not to miss in the coming weekends at Gillman Barracks

5 art exhibitions not to miss in the coming weekends at Gillman Barracks

The Gillman Barracks’ art cluster has once again put forward a fresh slate of art exhibitions to explore. Here are five shows The A List has picked out for the coming weeks in September.

1. State of Play

Bandar by Ash Ghazali, a 2021 work created using sarung fabric, acrylic, canvas, flax, and cotton. Ghazali is one of seven Singapore artists presenting at the exhibition.
Bandar by Ash Ghazali, a 2021 work created using sarung fabric, acrylic, canvas, flax, and cotton. Ghazali is one of seven Singapore artists presenting at the exhibition.

Where: Richard Koh Fine Art (47 Malan Road, #01-26)
When: Until 10 Sep

State of Play features works from seven Singaporean artists: Ash Ghazali, Faris Nakamura, Hu Qiren, Ivan David Ng, Melissa Tan, Mengju Lin, and Samuel Xun.

In art, and in creating art, play and fun are also necessary. The seven artists use their creations to invite viewers to join them in their pursuit of alternate creative zones. Using varying mediums, the exhibition presents the artists’ respective visual languages, all linked with a common thread: play in art.

Find out more about State of Play here.

2. Cuttings

Singapore artist Marvin Tang’s Hybrids is one of the works presented at Cuttings that examine the idea of giving new life.
Singapore artist Marvin Tang’s Hybrids is one of the works presented at Cuttings that examine the idea of giving new life.

Where: Mizuma Gallery (22 Lock Road, #01-34)
When: Until 11 Sep

Horticultural enthusiasts would know that ‘cutting’ refers to propagating a new plant, a process that involves removing in order to give new life. In cutting, there is new birth and also potential death, a duality that is central to the works presented in this exhibition.

This exhibition features new commissions by six Singapore artists: Ang Song Nian, Marvin Tang, Robert Zhao Renhui, Sarah Isabelle Tan, thesupersystem, and Woong Soak Teng.

All the works are inspired by the natural world. They explore ways of photographing, archiving, cloning, and manipulating to give root to new ideas, forms, and hope.

Find out more about Cuttings here.

3. Mother Flippin’ Heavens! 翻天印 (fān tiān yìn)

Mother Flippin’ Heavens! 翻天印 (fān tiān yìn) is Wong Lip Chin’s second solo exhibition at Yeo Workshop.
Mother Flippin’ Heavens! 翻天印 (fān tiān yìn) is Wong Lip Chin’s second solo exhibition at Yeo Workshop.

Where: Yeo Workshop (47 Malan Road, #01-25)
When: Until 11 Sep

The title of this exhibition features an intentional irreverence in its mistranslation from Mandarin to English, and it can be seen throughout Singapore artist Wong Lip Chin’s latest body of work as he injects what may seem hard to understand with humour, allowing people to take what they will from the symbolisms in his paintings.

This new body of paintings continues to feature Wong’s fictional characters. Lilou, Oomoo and Gemunggal are three playful alter egos that help to bring levity to the ineffable subject of the human condition. They draw inspiration from Wong’s interest in imagery and pictorial language, including totems and Japanese comic pictures.

Find out more about Mother Flippin’ Heavens! 翻天印 (fān tiān yìn) here.

4. Terrestrial Visions

“The title summarises two fundamental components of my research: the collective vision that characterizes our era and the awareness of being terrestrial, to belong to planet Earth.” - Italian artist Cristiano Pintaldi.
“The title summarises two fundamental components of my research: the collective vision that characterizes our era and the awareness of being terrestrial, to belong to planet Earth.” – Italian artist Cristiano Pintaldi.

Where: Mucciaccia Gallery (6 Lock Road, #02-10)
When: Until 15 Sep

This is an exhibition by Italian artist Cristiano Pintaldi, who is presenting works in Singapore immediately after a successful show in New York. It examines his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the concept of escaping reality.

Inspired by the television screen being a source of “normalcy” for many around the world, Pintaldi’s works are drawn from popular culture, TV programmes, and cartoons. His pieces, featuring actors, actresses, frames from movies, and photographs found online, are painted pixel by pixel on a black canvas, using only the three RGB colours: red, green, and blue, to resemble images on a television screen.

Over 20 of his works will examine our relationship with the environment and the idea that the world is about to become a part of our reality more than ever before. 

Find out more about Terrestrial Visions here.

5. The Lie of the Land

Lavender Chang’s series is a result of posing one question to interviewees: What’s your favourite hawker dish?
Lavender Chang’s series is a result of posing one question to interviewees: What’s your favourite hawker dish?

Where: Fost Gallery (1 Lock Road, #01-02)
When: Until 17 Sep

This is the second edition of The Lie of the Land, which was presented in conjunction with Singapore’s National Day. It reviews the factors that make up the country: its history, people, landscapes, values, and nuances.

The exhibition features work from six Singapore artists: Lavender Chang, Ong Si Hui, Grace Tan, Wyn-Lyn Tan, Zen Teh, and Ian Woo. Chang, a Taiwan-born artist, will present a series titled: “A Dissection of……”, which explores her friends’ favourite local hawker dish, with each cooked ingredient photographed and separated like specimens.

Each work is accompanied by text handwritten by the person interviewed, and the series as a whole has the effect of helping Chang foster a deeper sense of belonging to her adopted country.

Find out more about The Lie of the Land here.

(Photos: Fost Gallery, Mizuma Gallery, Courtesy of Mucciaccia Gallery, Courtesy of Yeo Workshop, Richard Koh Fine Art)

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