Intersection is an exhibition about an encounter between poetry and visual art through the work of poet Marc Nair and visual artist Nicola Anthony. The work maps an architecture of memory at the junction of three diverse cities: London, Singapore and Yangon.
A recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award, Marc is a poet, spoken word performer and photographer inspired by his many travels around the world. Nicola is a British artist who grew up in London, with family originating from India who is currently based in Singapore. She often creates text-based art and uses innovative processes to create her artworks, light sculptures, and kinetic art.
The exhibition has been three years in the making and both artists took time to journey to each city to engage in field research. Nicola’s artworks reflect and even embed Marc’s poems and, in turn, the poems evolve in response to Nicola’s artworks in a creative dialogue.
The exhibition consists of installation works and drawings. An artist book, based on the exhibition, is also part of the project and will be launched on the opening night of the exhibition. It is printed as a limited edition risograph, a technique resulting in exquisite pages with the feel of handmade screen prints.
By comparing cross-sections of neighbourhoods in their home cities of London and Singapore, and in a completely new city, Yangon, Marc and Nicola strive to express the secret links which bind personal and national stories. Ultimately they show how a universal dimension exists in any personal experience, transcending time and space.
Part of this exhibition, a sculpture-installation titled Observatory, (2m x 2m x 2m), will be showcased at Singapore Contemporary Art Fair (Suntec Singapore and Convention Centre, from 20 to 22 January). The installation will then relocate to Intersections gallery for the second half of the exhibition. Observatory is an immersive, interactive installation made from thousands of paper scrolls and light. Observatory references the bird’s nest and the honeycomb structure of a beehive – a space that visitors can step inside to observe themselves and the world around them: a chamber of observation.
Part 1: 11 January 2017 – 11 February 2017
Part 2: 22 February 2017 – 11 March 2017
Venue: Intersections Gallery, 34 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198892
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday: 2pm to 7pm
Closed on Monday, Tuesday & PH
Admission is free
When: 11 Jan - 11 Mar 2017,