Moving Plates is an annual group printmaking exhibition aimed at spurring and showcasing explorations and innovations in contemporary printmaking. This first edition features works by 10 Singapore-based professional and early-career artists working in the practice of printmaking.
Among the selected works, a few common themes and preoccupations stand out: a prevailing sense of existential anxiety, of being stuck in a state of limbo whilst being faced with a virtual onslaught – an overwhelming information overload – and the daunting need to sift through, process and digest the constant barrage of information during the pandemic, and of having to come to terms and learning to deal with ever-changing directives and advisories pertaining to aspects of everyday life that used to be taken for granted or as given. Some wonder about the implications of spending so much of our time and lives online, and the impact of the social media and information deluge might have on our mental well-being. These works express a longing for some respite and tranquillity in the face of this huge learning curve, with not a few highlighting a desire to escape reality. Others bring to the fore certain issues and parts of culture or the community that run the risk of being lost or forgotten in a world of increasing social isolation, calling to attention the often hidden or neglected realities of vulnerability and liminal precarity in society. Yet for some, a silver lining peeks through the haze: with acceptance of these unprecedented changes comes the opportunity for personal and wider resets and re-evaluation – a chance to improvise and get creative, to expand our conceptions of our lives and habits in the new normal.
Venue: Mulan Gallery, 36 Armenian Street #01-07 (off Loke Yew Street) Singapore 179934
When: 16 Oct - 13 Nov 2021, 12noon - 6.30pm
By: Mulan Gallery