Modern Life Sets the Tone for Two New Exhibits at the Singapore Art Museum
Emphasizing art's response to recent cultural and economic shifts in Asia, the Singapore Art Museum presents two exhibits reflective of modern life in the region. Seeker of Hope: Works by Jia Aili is now on display, coinciding with parallel exhibit Lyrical Abstraction: Works by Jeremy Sharma and Yeo Shih Yun.
Fifty works make up Aili's show, many interpreting the loneliness he felt as a boy born shortly after China's one-child policy was introduced. His Seeker of Hope pieces include videos and paper works, as well as paintings influenced by classic Western methods. In contrast, Singaporean contemporaries Sharma and Yun created much of their Lyrical Abstraction collection using nontraditional methods. Sharma's "Kurosawa" is an oil painting rendered on metal and Yeo composed "Conversations with Trees" by digitally reprocessing a silkscreen print. What all three artist achieved is a body of work as telling of societal change as it is stunning.
Seeker of Hope: Works by Jia Aili and Lyrical Abstraction: Works by Jeremy Sharma and Yeo Shih Yun are on display from July 6–September 23, 2012
Image of Jia Aili's 'Oil Painter I' via Singapore Art Museum