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Fyerool Darma

Fyerool Darma graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2012 and has recently presented his artistic projects through NUS Museum, Yale-NUS College Library, Asia Film Archive’s State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters and Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore. He has held individual presentations through ‘Moyang’ (2015) and ‘Monsoon Song’ (2017) and participated in Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors. His works are within private and public collections like Singapore Art Museum and Bank Negara Malaysia. 

Through playing with the privilege status of display, Fyerool Darma’s practice interrogates and complicates the cultural consumption of history, and myth in relation to contemporary markers of identity. He continues to live and work in Singapore. 

 

Biography

Fyerool Darma graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2012 and has recently presented his artistic projects through NUS Museum, Yale-NUS College Library, Asia Film Archive’s State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters and Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore. He has held individual presentations through ‘Moyang’ (2015) and ‘Monsoon Song’ (2017) and participated in Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors. His works are within private and public collections like Singapore Art Museum and Bank Negara Malaysia. 

Through playing with the privilege status of display, Fyerool Darma’s practice interrogates and complicates the cultural consumption of history, and myth in relation to contemporary markers of identity. He continues to live and work in Singapore. 

 

Exhibitions

  • Sunny, your smile ease the pain

    Developed as a tribute to his parents, the title is appropriated from Boney M.’s ‘Sunny’, a song released in 1976, which his parents enjoyed in their youth. Growing up, Fyerool often conflated the word ‘sunny’ (or sun) with seni. While the former references the sun and is associated with light-hearted moments, the latter is an ‘adapted’ word in the Malay language for art - or an aesthetic pursuit.  

    The exhibition presents Fyerool’s aesthetic pursuits - a selection of works made from 2017 to 2019. Presented as an assemblage of bleached canvases, framed digitally edited found images, folded textiles and works on paper, the artist’s oeuvre is presented ironically as one single body.

    www.yeoworkshop.com/exhibitions/sunny-your-smile-ease-the-pain

    15 June - 14 July 2019
  • Catalogue

    Fyerool Darma’s practice is informed by the archival materials that constellates between myths, history and philosophy as a way in understanding how the past shapes the present, but resist by forming new languages distinct from its existing templates. The method displays a meditative exercise in understanding the relations between modes of interaction, mirroring Fyerool’s interest in reading in textual archives (history and myth), as points, where interactions of individuals in spaces is located. The portrait titled Portrait No. 17 (A Man of Banana and Thorns), is Fyerool’s contemplation of the oral narrative he grasps as well as the readings of Munshi Abdullah, where a conflated view of the writer, as an interlocutor of the then British East India Company and further enquiring on Munshi Abdullah’s role as ‘Father of Modern Malay Literature’.

    The artist’s practice is also concerned with exhibition methods and distribution of the art object. As in his previous works, where the frame is deliberately fabricated and cut, this particular series is hung or suspended to speak to collections of textiles within museology. This particular work titled Those who linger by the berth savour your silence (Gersang), is framed in an ostentatious pink chrome frame, adopting the contemporary aesthetic of commercial objects of desires, cars, etc,. The work turns into an object of glamor, a perversion within the image’s evolution from its beginnings of a simple abstract idea.

    http://www.yeoworkshop.com/exhibitions/catalogue

    22nd April - 9th June 2019
  • Monsoon Song

    Yeo Workshop is pleased to present ‘Monsoon Song’, the second solo exhibition by Fyerool Darma. Drawing from the aesthetics of urban subcultures, traditional ceremonies and the folk craft of Singapore, Malaysia and the region, this exhibition brings into collision a range of seemingly hostile sounds, images and objects, and gives expression to the synthetic conformation of Southeast Asian cultures.

    http://www.yeoworkshop.com/exhibitions/monsoon-song

    9 September - 29 October 2017

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