Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Glory Asia

Glory Asia
Solo Painting Exhibition by Dadi Setiyadi
10th - 16th October 2012
Chapel Gallery @ Sculpture Square

The stories scattered throughout Nusantara, or the Indonesian archipelago, is one of the region's greatest treasures, yet often slighted and forgotten. These stories do not merely birth a rich and diverse history; like in other parts of the world, folklore and mythology is used as a starting reference and point of social control. The stories of gods and mythical creatures impart many guiding life values in every culture.

Thus the human race started from the same reference point: the same social values are shared, and by extension, the same problems and difficulties. This unity transcends race, culture, and language. Dadi Setiyadi argues this in his portrayal of Classical European works that are not only universal points of reference, but also take on mythological references.

About the Artist:
Born 1977 in Tasikmalaya, West Java, Dadi Setiyadi graduated from Indonesia Institute of Art in 2004, working with paintings, sculptures and installation works. With particular interests in fantasy, science fiction and art culture, Dedi studied the symbols of the Archipelago - Garuda from Java, Lembuswana from Borneo, La Galigo from Sulawesi - through a project on Indonesian folklore called Kisah Nusantara. This brought him to discover a connection to a fantastical and mythical world, the influences creating a particular syncretism in his art. He combines traditional local elements inspired from the environment, full of living traditions, with modern and contemporary subjects.
Exhibition dates:      10th – 16th October 2012
Venue:                         Chapel Gallery at Sculpture Square
                                    155 Middle Road
                                    Singapore 188977
Opening hours:        11am – 7pm daily
Contact person:       Jennifer Soen /


Friday, August 10, 2012

Han Tao - Here They Come

Han Tao - Here They Come

17th August - 24th August 2012

Chapel Gallery, Sculpture Square
155 Middle Road
Singapore 188977

Opening Hours
10.00am - 7.00pm daily

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Sunjin Galleries is pleased to unveil a rare collection of unique woodcut prints by celebrated Chinese political artist, Han Tao. "Here They Come" depicts renditions of two historical incidents: the prisoner abuse by American guards at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the Tian'anmen Square protest in China.

Created using handmade etching and print, Han Tao's views are articulated explicitly in the unique woodcut works. Audiences are struck by the direct visualization of the human rights violations in the form of physical and psychological abuse. Although set in different political systems and times, power and violence persist and Han Tao sets about reflecting this direct influence of political power on people.

The evocation of violence stresses continuity with his earlier works. Often choosing subjects that are avoided by artists, Han Tao’s works are confrontational but sincere as the artist negotiates social events that have left indelible marks on humanity. Rather than merely displaying violence, Han Tao reproduces the helplessness and powerless feeling of a spectator through his works, exposing the scars caused by power and violence.

Is he an observer, a recorder or activist? Sunjin Galleries is proud to present a rare exhibition of the works of a respected artist whose works are often forbidden to display and censored for touching on sensitive issues.

About the Artist:

Born in 1979 in Laiwu, Shandong province and now lives in Jinan and Beijing. He is in charge of the Civilian Film,the chief editor of Wild Jujube Tree Magazine,editor of Simplicity Magazine,academic host of New Art Magazine. He founded the Civilian Film School in 2000,the Civilian Film Studio in 2002 in Shandong,the Civilian Film Space in Beijing 798 Art Center at the beginning of 2005,and the Civilian Film Documents Center in Xiaopu New Art Center in Beijing to be completed by October,2007.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Calligraphy in Motion

Calligraphy in Motion - Solo Exhibition by Chua Boon Kee

30th May - 6th June 2012

Venue : Social Creatives Museum
              #02-55 Millenia Walk

Opening Hours : 11.00am - 9.00pm daily

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Sunjin Galleries is pleased to present the Singapore installment of Chua Boon Kee’s traveling exhibition, Calligraphy in Motion”. Having had successful showcases in Taiwan and Shanghai last year, Chua’s solo tour features his distinctive calligraphy sculptures which combine the essence of traditional Chinese calligraphy with modern sculpture language.

The artistry of Chua’s work lies in his ability to translate the time-honoured practice of calligraphy into sculpture. Although not the first to incorporate calligraphy into the art of sculpture, Chua’s focus on capturing the essential spirit of calligraphy into three-dimensional forms has allowed the formation of graceful, meaningful representations.

Two-dimensional cursive scripts are ingenuously transformed into a series of steel cores that are expressively bent to capture the fluidity of a brushstroke, the thickness of these cores varying in accordance with the movement of line and spontaneity of the brush.

Chua employs a cursive style of Chinese calligraphy- this not only presents a pleasant sense of abstraction, but also allows fluidity and succession in motion as characters in cursive script are often written without lifting the brush from the paper. The continuous, linear dynamism of the cursive script are thus successfully translated into sculptural forms endowed with forceful gracefulness and controlled wildness.