Opening Preview: Friday, 1 August 2014, 6pm till late
Artist talk:Drawing in Contemporary Singapore, Saturday, 23 August 2014, 4 - 5.30pm
A Drawing Show is an attempt to provide a concise take on the medium in Southeast Asia today, a view of the realities and possibilities of drawing. From pencil-on-paper works, to structural interventions, to conceptual approaches to mark-making, we witness a progressive shift away from the object to the body, from an emphasis on the visual complex to the gestural force that animates it. The show, curated by Louis Ho, features the work of four artists: Singaporeans Ian Woo, Wong Lip Chin and Boedi Widjaja, and Bangkok-based Jaitip Jaidee. Woo, one of Singapore's leading abstractionists, extends his investigation of shape and form into the realm of the graphic, while Wong, whose aesthetic sensibilities are geared towards pop and otaku culture, will produce site-specific drawing installations in the space. The works of Widjaja and Jaidee are premised on an interest in the facts of materiality: Widjaja’s rubbings, produced while on residency in a medieval village in France, are explorations of texture and history, and Jaidee’s drawings on wood represent both a physical and conceptual engagement with the material of her choice.
The opening night boasts a two-man performance by Wong and Widjaja, My drawing is better than your drawing, which examines the disjunctures between two forms of inscriptional practice: between ephemerality and permanence, paper and skin, pencil and ink.