4 Riveting Art Exhibits to Check Out This April 2021 in Singapore
The pandemic may have halted or slowed many leisure activities in Singapore, but the art scene is still very much thriving. The proof is the slew of exhibits slated for display in 2021, and in April alone, there’s more than a handful to indulge the locals and tourists’ thirst for exceptional visual delight.
From the exploration of Ho Ho Ying’s multiple creative paths and Yeo Shih Yun’s ink experimentations to a showcasing of fashionable face masks, there’s a lot to delight the city’s art lovers. Here are four of our favourite exhibits that you can view in Singapore in April:
1. Chance Encounters《偶然》by Yeo Shih Yun
This exhibit features seven ink drawings that are consistent with Yeo Shih Yun’s long-time fascination with random occurrences, spontaneous gestures, and using unorthodox tools. The Singaporean artist responded to music composed and performed by musician Calista Liaw using “dice” in which “answers” were obtained.
Yeo and Liaw, who collaborated with him on this project, were inspired by artist and composer John Cage’s works, specifically his unorthodox ideas of chance and his inventive compositions. Chance Encounters references Cage’s compositional process in his 1951 work Music of Changes, which involved chance operations with the ancient Chinese divination I-Ching.
2. All We Have by Filippo Sciascia
Bali-based Italian artist Filippo Sciascia’s second solo exhibition represents his enduring interest in light. All We Have features sculptures and mixed media paintings that explore the material and motific forms that light, as one of the most fundamental elements in the universe, may manifest in.
The artist used volcanic sand and quartz, materials where silicon, computer chips, and other high-tech hardware are extracted from. In place of the technique of chiaroscuro, Sciascia incorporated LED lights into the compositions of his paintings. He also used fossilised amber, which serves as a fossil record of our natural universe, for some of his creations.
3. Designed Masks Made Fashionable
These are not your typical everyday masks. Let us explain: this free gallery is an extension of Red Dot Museum’s shop and features many available face masks in the market. Aside from stylish ones made using different types of textiles and various handcrafting techniques, the lot includes breathable lightweight air pollution masks, air purifying respirators, respiratory mask with a micro ventilator, and a lightweight medical respirator mask that has none of the usual ear loops. Some of the pieces are available for sale at the museum’s shop, too!
4. Ho Ho Ying: The Path I Pursue
As one of the champions of abstraction in the 1960s, Singaporean abstract artist Ho Ho Ying was driven by spontaneity, self-reflection, and freedom of gesture. The Path I Pursue exhibition shows how Ho’s art and writings have been essential in advancing the development and discourses of art for over five decades. Among the works featured in the exhibit are creative calligraphy works, calligraphy paintings (abstract and figurative), and sketches and materials from the collection and personal archive of the artist and his family.
Also on display are a selection of Ho’s English-translated texts from the 1950s to the 1990s. These are products of his attempts in literary prose and essays on art criticism. All in all, it’s an exhibition that clearly shows how both art and the written word are significant for Ho as mediums for expression.