Bridging Realms – Ink Mountain 墨山

Bridging Realms – Ink Mountain 墨山

WHEN
17 January – 31 March 2019
VENUE
Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay
OPENING HOURS
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)
Mon–Fri 11am–8.30pm
Sat, Sun and PH 10am–8.30pm
ADMISSION
Free Admission
WEBSITE
https://www.esplanade.com/festivals-and-series/visual-arts

Bridging Realms – Ink Mountain 墨山

Art can bring new perspectives to bear on how we view the world and understand different cultures and belief systems. Bridging Realms presents four exhibitions around Esplanade, featuring newly commissioned painting, video and sculptural installations by Ari Bayuaji (Canada/Indonesia), Mark Chan with Brian Gothong Tan (Singapore), Justin Lee (Singapore) and Tan Zi Xi (Singapore). Collectively, the ideas explored in their works offer counterpoints to the status quo, challenging preconceived notions of what constitutes identity, cultural diversity and social responsibility in a progressively borderless world. These exhibitions invite viewers to contemplate the agency of artist and audience in initiating change and bridging conversations.

Ink Mountain 墨山
Mark Chan with Brian Gothong Tan (Singapore)

Ink Mountain 墨山 is Mark Chan’s personal and unique vision of the world where his paintings and calligraphy in Chinese brush and ink on distressed paper take centre stage. Typified by bold calligraphic strokes combined with personal, idiosyncratic techniques that break out of the strictures of traditional ink painting, Chan has fashioned a world and language of his own. This is a world inhabited by a rich mythology: creatures and spirits and a modern blend of abstractions that glyph, glide and splatter suddenly into recognisable forms and figures.

Chan collaborates with Brian Gothong Tan whose video works will reveal new layers and perspectives of Chan’s paintings. The gallery is transformed into a Sanctuary where the viewer can escape from the world outside. A compelling narrative thread runs through this immersive installation which has a deep connection to primitive roots, ancient mythology and the complex history and character of Southeast Asia.

In conjunction with the Singapore Bicentennial.

Artist Talk & Book Launch
26 January, 3–4pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

Surfing the Harvest Moon, Brian Gothong Tan, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist

Art Fair & Galleries
STPI – Creative Workshop and Gallery
19 January – 9 March 2019
Cheong Soo Pieng has been lauded as one of Southeast Asia’s most important artists emerging from the post-war Chinese diaspora.
Exhibition
The Arts House
15 – 21 January 2019
My Journey is an exhibition that features and celebrates multi-disciplinary artist and Cultural Medallion Award winner Chng Seok Tin and her art, organised by Very Special Arts (VSA) and supported by National Arts Council.
Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay
17 January – 31 March 2019
A portrait is not just a representation of a person’s likeness.
Hatch Art Project
18 January – 14 March 2019
More Than Human World: A Wake-up Call From Posthuman is a futuristic art exhibition by Hatch Art Project exploring relevant contemporary themes.