"Flux – City of Change"
10 - 13 October
Duke of York's HQ
Curated by Griselda Bear and Joleen Loh
Artists: Hilmi Johandi, Melissa Tan, Zai Tang, Danielle Tay
Today it is widely recognised that Singapore is a place of continuing economic and urban growth through which the state aims to underpin its important position within Asia and the world. This touches every aspect of life in the city-state.It is manifested through ambitious projects in all sectors including the visual arts. A major new National Art Gallery occupying the Old Supreme Court Building and City Hall will open in 2015 making it one of the largest galleries in the region. Current developments also include a cluster of over fourteen commercial art galleries at Gillman Barracks as well as a new Centre for Contemporary Arts which are all due to open this year. Up to now little has been seen here of the new generation of artists who are working within this context. Through the work of these four artists, Hilmi Johandi, Melissa Tan, Zai Tang and Danielle Tay, this exhibition features some exceptionally powerful and individual responses.
Flux – City of Change showcases recent work by these young artists which directly explores and depicts Singapore’s cultural history, reflects its current state and examines its future. These conceptual explorations are further strengthened by the ways in which each employs the inherent qualities of their chosen media and ways of working. Together they offer a snapshot of the diverse range of issues that interest and inform the artistic practices of many young artists in Singapore today.
Written by Griselda Bear