5 art exhibitions not to miss in the coming weekends at Gillman Barracks
With COVID-19 restrictions easing up, the Gillman Barracks arts cluster is now fully back in the swing of things. The A List has picked out some visual arts exhibitions to feast your eyes on in the coming weekends.
1. Ho Ho Ying: 60 Years of Art (1950s-2010s)
Where: The Columns Gallery (22 Lock Road)
When: 15 Mar to 30 Apr
2012 Cultural Medallion recipient Ho Ho Ying is an important figure in the history of Singapore art and this solo exhibition is well worth a visit. It features key works that track his development under the influence of mentors Chen Wen Hsi and Liu Kang, and his shifts in style over the decades – from still life to his distinctive form of Impressionism, Fauvism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism.
At the core of Ho’s artistic philosophy lie Taoist precepts about freedom, in the sense of living free from systematic restrictions, and this retrospective at The Columns Gallery until 30 Apr testifies to that.
Find out more about Ho Ho Ying: 60 Years of Art (1950s-2010s) here.
2. Wings of Throne
Where: Richard Koh Fine Art (47 Malan Road)
When: 1 Apr to 23 Apr
Catch the last day of Wings of Throne, a solo show by prominent Cambodian artist Svay Sareth, on Saturday 23 Apr at Richard Koh Fine Art. On show are eight pairs of soft sculptures in the form of dragon wings, referencing a belief that the monarch in current power is borne aloft, above the corruption and bloodshed of historical rulers, to a state of grace so that they might be idealised and honoured by the people.
The camouflaged materials chosen for the wings are significant and ironic. Svay grew up during a period of political turmoil and violence and began making art as a teenager in a refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodian border. His work explores themes of war and resistance and confronts the reality that “the present is also a dangerous time.”
Find out more about Wings of Throne here.
3. Spring Group Show
Where: Sundaram Tagore Gallery Singapore (5 Lock Road)
When: 8 Apr to 14 May
If you want to take in a broad spectrum of contemporary art in one place, Sundaram Tagore Gallery Singapore’s Spring Group Show is recommended.
The exhibition showcases large-scale paintings in acrylic and fluorescent pigments by Japanese painter Hiroshi Senju, multi-layered works by American artist Susan Weil, stunning prints by Moroccan photographer Lalla Essaydi, abstract oil paintings by Mexican artist Ricardo Mazal, intriguing sculptures by Bangladeshi artist Tayeba Lipi, the mixed media sculpture-paintings of Korean artist Chun Kwang Young, the runic markings of Iranian artist Golnaz Fathi, dreamlike visions from American artist Miya Ando, and colour pigment prints created by American-British photographer Karen Knorr (pictured) that lure the viewer into exotic interiors populated by birds and tigers.
Find out more about Spring Group Show here.
4. Cole Sternberg: to join the larger raindrop of the ocean
Where: Yeo Workshop (47 Malan Road)
When: 26 Mar to 1 May
Los Angeles-based artist Cole Sternberg makes his solo debut in Asia at Yeo Workshop, where he will be showing works rooted in five years of environmental exploration around large bodies of water, chiefly the Pacific Ocean.
The exhibition comprises 11 paintings and a short film, Ocean Reveries, which chronicles Cole’s journey on a large cargo vessel chugging across the vastness of the Pacific. The paintings show piercings and marks resulting from his extraordinary practice of exposing the canvases to the winds, storms, and seas so that the Earth itself co-composes the art.
Find out more about Cole Sternberg: to join the larger raindrop of the ocean here.
5. Chris Huen: Blossoms in the Shade
Where: Ota Fine Arts (7 Lock Road)
When: 12 Mar to 30 Apr
A series of oil paintings on show at Ota Fine Arts reflect Chris Huen’s recent move from sub-tropical Hong Kong to temperate London, but his working method is unchanged. He paints entirely from memory rather than from sketches or photographs made on location, and the white, unpainted areas in the paintings are indicative of a lack of recall.
These are impressively large pieces, measuring at least 2×2 metres, and all very personal, featuring Huen’s wife, children, and dogs exploring rich forests.
Find out more about Chris Huen: Blossoms in the Shade here.
(Photos: The Columns Gallery, Richard Koh Fine Art, Sundaram Tagore Gallery Singapore, Yeo Workshop, Ota Fine Arts)