The Making of an InstitutionRead More
Exhibition EXCAVATA at CARRARA, Italy by WeiXin Chong & Gabriele Dini
Dates: 4- 18 November 2016
Venue: Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Carrara, Palazzo Binelli, Via Verdi 7, Carrara (Tuscany), ITALY
Opening times: 4th Nov from 17:00, M-F: 09.00-12.00, 15.00-17.00
The exhibition titled Excavata showcases the artistic outcomes of research and residency exchanges between Italy & Singapore by both artists WeiXin CHONG (b. Singapore) & Gabriele DINI (b. Italy). Past & present use of natural resources in both Carrara, Italy and Singapore are extrapolated and explored through material and aesthetic expressions.
CHONG plays with images, entities and surfaces as material metaphors for social relationships and the psychology behind structures and projections of power, value and desire. The Suiseki art of seeking landscapes within a piece of stone is a connoisseurship of aesthetic and philosophical potential, and is the starting point for her work in this series.
Booth reportage by Hettie JudahRead More
VIP Preview: Wednesday 14 September 2016 15.00 hrs –21.00 hrs
Public: Thursday 15 September 2016 11.00 hrs –18.00 hrs
Public: Friday 16 September 2016 11.00 hrs –18.00 hrs
Public: Saturday 17 September 2016 11.00 hrs –18.00 hrs
Public: Sunday 18 September 2016 11.00 hrs –17.00 hrs
A.I. is pleased to be returning to the third edition of START. This year, we are participating in the invitational section of the fair presenting solo booths of artists selected by, Fair Director, Niru Ratnam.
Our booth project titled Debris by WEIXIN CHONG (b. Singapore) features a varied collection of works that explore the concept of ephemera, both natural and man-made.
On the public days at the fair booth (4.30pm – 5pm), the artist will be leading a participative work with the audience called Dictation 2.1. A dictation session -transcribing a text as print creates, in the artist’s own words, a kind of force field; the magnetic field of suspended tension that forms around its participants and also the direct line of focus that it causes to occur- a line of conveyance between the dictator and transcribers/subjects, that makes them into one unit. Dictation is an on-going series of events, with each edition being an exploration of a unique setting and a different text. A copy of the transcription will be available for audience members to take away and keep.
Chong seeks to challenge the notion of natural versus artificial ephemera in the form of print (photographic & textile), text and drawings. The etymology of the word ‘ephemera’, in its ancient sense, extends to the mayfly and other short lived insects, flowers and for something which lasts a day or a short period of time. The artist plays on this very idea that any transitory written or printed matter are meant to be neither retained nor preserved. The imagery of this very debris is captured in a flash, frozen-in-flight aesthetic or even as a transcription.
Chong is fascinated with the relationships between digital and organic, surface and perceived superficiality. Materials, text and happenings become metaphors of the psychology behind structures and projections of power, value and desire. The effects and methods of manipulating and reproducing imagery across materials feature strongly in her practice. The translation of things -its possibilities, impossibilities, failures and transcendence are always in her mind.
Dictation 2.1 - Participative perfomance by WeiXin Chong during START Art Fair 2016 solo booth presentation with A.I. Gallery. Image courtesy: A.I. Gallery
Culture/Art: Portrait of a Nation (Dec 2015)
Singaporean artist WeiXin Chong is featured in Monocle's December 2015 Culture/Art video reportage on Singapore's thriving art scene as the nation celebrates its 50th year of independence.
Chong is an artist-in-residency at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (located in Gillman Barracks). She is using her time there to explore notions of nature and technology at odds in her world. The artist is interviewed in situ with her latest works on view.
Producer/reporter Gillian Dobias states: "Singapore is not used to letting people do whatever they want and thus it has been stuck with a moribund art scene. But the opening of the new National Gallery aims to change perceptions of the city-state both at home and abroad; Monocle takes a look at a fast-emerging art scene."
Chong graduated from the Royal College of Art, London with a MA Fine Art, Printmaking. In 2015, Chong was an Artist-in-Residence at Laboratori Artistici Nicoli and Studio Fitz-Carrara in Cararra, Italy. She has exhibited in START 2015 at Saatchi Gallery, London; The Third Print, TOTAL Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea and was a showcased artist at the Southeast Asian Platform at Art Stage Singapore 2015.
The NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore is a research centre of Nanyang Technological University located in Gillman Barracks alongside a cluster of international galleries led by Founding Director Professor Ute Meta Bauer. The CCA takes a holistic approach towards art and culture, intertwining its three platforms: Exhibitions, Residencies and Research & Education. CCA Founding Director, Professor Ute Meta Bauer states, “Unique to the CCA Residencies programme is an emphasis on research and knowledge production complementing contemporary artistic production. This underlines CCA’s position as a young research centre and new gateway for accessing practices and discourses within Southeast Asia. The CCA Residencies programme feeds into our holistic approach of intertwining three platforms: exhibitions, residencies and research.”
Interview | Singaporean artist WeiXin ChongRead More