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 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.
Venue: Esplanade, Jendela Visual Arts Space
Hours: Mon – Fri, 11am – 8.30pm
Sat & Sun, 10am – 8.30pm
When: 17 Jan - 31 Mar 2019,