Sunday, October 24, 2010

I am Solitary I am an Army, 31 Aug – 11 Sep 2010

Image from the invitation card

“The approach for the exhibition was to remove expectancy away from work dealing with an exclusively figurative approach to the exhibition’s theme; as a result, the work in I Am Solitary encompasses a more conceptual and abstract understanding of ideas around ‘identity’ and ‘individuality’. The works included comment on the relation to the individualistic moment of creation, the solitary subject, the remote instance, or even the viewer’s relationship to the work.” Beer Lambert contemporary

Entrance to the exhibition

Invited by Surface gallery in Nottingham, Beers Lambert curated ‘I am Solitary I am an Army’, an exhibition of “emergent contemporary art”. The 20 artists features in the exhibition were from over 13 different countries including Turkey, Israel, Malaysia, Greece, Australia, South Africa, Canada, the US, and the UK. The exhibition, according to Beers Lambert, “explores current and progressive trends and pathways in international emergent art”, and “each of the artists’ work responds to questions of identity and individuality, and each artist can be seen as shaping the direction of international and contemporary painting, sculpture, video, and photography”.

A scene from the private view

My work ‘Circumratation' was selected for the exhibition, other artists in the exhibition are: Joshua Bilton ● Lindsey Bull ● Tom Butler ● Dionisis Christofilogiannis ● BJ & Richelle Formento ● Joshua Hagler ● Aaron Head ● David-Ashley Kerr ● Grace Kim ● Carla Liesching ● Tom Nolan ● Sarah Pager ● Charlie Penrose ● Andrew Salgado ● Yael Schmidt ● Lyndsey Searle ● Berndnaut Smilde ● David A Smith

My work'Circumrotation' in the exhibition

'Circumrotation' initially took part in ‘The Affluenza Exhibition’ in 2009; that responded to Oliver James’s book called ‘Affluenza’. James argued that the recent financial crisis is the consequence of materialism and people’s dogged pursuit of external gains. The piece explores a sense of ‘trapped’ in human living conditions. On one hand, it responds to the life of many who imprisoned themselves in persuading power, wealth, or possession unaware that they trapped in a circle which has no beginning and no end, and no sense of first and last. On the other hand, it portrays people and things are interconnected that life revolves in causality, what goes round comes around.

Another scene fom the private view

Beers Lambert Contemporary Art was founded in Vancouver, Canada with the intention of supporting and advancing the careers of exceptionally talented young artists. They currently operate out of Vancouver; London, England; and Berlin, Germany, representing some of the most talented emerging artists from around the world.
Works by other artists

A cataogue was published for the exhibition. The dsign of the cover.

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My art practice may be seen as the result of my interest on the matters of the everyday and Eastern thoughts. Over the years, I have produced a body of cross-disciplinary work that explores the as-it-is-ness of things, and interconnectedness between objects and people. My own cultural background and life experience are often revisited, examined and evidenced in the work within this journey of exploration.

In Zen tradition, mindfulness to everyday trivial is important in their spiritual pratice, my research relates this notion of attentiveness from my work to this tradition. Historically, many important twentieth century artists and art groups who expanded Duchamp’s theory of the ready-made and the everyday were also influenced by Zen teaching from D.T. Suzuki and Shunryu Suzuki that can also be related to this research.

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