Futura, dubbed the godfather of contemporary street art, will make his Southeast Asian debut in Singapore come 30 May 2019. Presented by The Culture Story and curated by Singapore’s leading pop artist Jahan Loh, CONSTELLATION marks the street culture legend’s first ever solo exhibition in the region.
Hailing from the birth of the graffiti art movement, in the early 1970’s Futura began ‘bombing’ trains in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. Alongside his contemporaries, including iconic names such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, he later took his distinctive abstract graffiti style from the streets and onto the canvas, showing in galleries around the world. Over the past forty years, Futura continuously pushed the boundaries of street art and painting, and has earned recognition internationally for his authentic style which has evolved beyond traditional forms of graffiti.
The exhibition will showcase 30 specially commissioned pieces created during a two week-long residency at The Culture Story. CONSTELLATION delves into Futura’s inner universe and celebrates his pioneering spirit for inventing new spraying techniques, including his most iconic and signature move, the inverted spray. Utilising a range of materials coupled with finely tuned techniques, this unique series of works demonstrates that Futura’s visual style transcends cultural and physical boundaries – where expression and style, restraint and spontaneity, splatters and control, provide poetic contradiction. The bold, vibrant compositions are marked by a repertoire of forms and iconic motifs he has come to be known for – characters, atoms and cranes.
CONSTELLATION is a nod to Futura’s first encounter with Singapore in 1974. As a young Navy petty officer, his maiden voyage to Southeast Asia took place onboard the Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier USS ‘Constellation’, and saw him passing through the harbours of Singapore.
“I’m getting super excited about my upcoming project in Singapore. The exhibition of my new work, entitled CONSTELLATION, is not just a reference to the stars in our universe, but also the mystery of my personal history and experiences in such a tropical paradise. I very much look forward to interacting with a new audience and sharing stories both past and present.” ~ Futura
Opening: 30 May, Thursday: 6.30pm till late, featuring Alex Turnbull, drummer and percussionist for 23 Skidoo and founder of the record label Ronin, pioneer in Singapore’s hip hop scene, DJ Ashidiq Ghazali and DJ Kiat, co-founder of audio-visual collective Syndicate.
Venue: Gillman Barracks, Lock Road, Blk 9 #02-21 Singapore 108937
Presented by: The Culture Story
When: 30 May - 9 Jun 2019, 12pm - 8pm
By: Gillman Barracks