OCBC Bank launched its inaugural exhibition of installation-based art to kick off the 2016 calendar of events at OCBC Art Space, featuring works by Singaporean artist Ms Xin Xiaochang. In collaboration with Singapore-based Galerie Sogan & Art, the exhibition, named “A Residence of the Mind”, will be at the OCBC Centre Branch in Chulia Street till 15 April 2016.
As the first foray into displaying installation-based art forms in the OCBC Art Space, the showcase aims to engage the public on social issues, through characters crafted by Xin. The curated settings invite viewers to ponder on aspects of social psychology; probe deeper into notions of family, cultural ancestry, homeland, figureheads, self-reflection and public interaction; and perhaps, question how these anchors of our reality create meaning and sense in our lives.
“A Residence of the Mind” presents Xin’s works in a series of settings that evoke different parts of a residence, forming scenes that are a physical manifestation of ideas as they formed in her head. Xin takes us into her mind, curating these displays in an attempt to make sense of her artistic output, both for herself and the audience. We are invited to sit with her at a table, contemplating nursery rhymes from her childhood, and look upon a bedroom where traditional craft is asleep, then ponder on the foibles of modern life we put up with. In these intimate still-life arrangements, we can appreciate the context that her art comes from.
Known for her unique brand of social observation, Xin’s works are always grounded in the local context. Using the many quirks, unique to our local culture, that both annoy and inspire her, there is a certain sense of intimacy and attention to detail that truly connects with our citizens on a deeper level.
Venue: OCBC Art Space, 65 Chulia St, Singapore 049513
When: 13 - 15 Apr 2016,
By: OCBC Art Space