Defying Expectations, Defining Time
STPI is pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition, On Time, featuring new works by four Singaporean artists: Adeline Kueh, Jason Lim, Ian Woo and Zul Mahmod; these artists took part in a residency with STPI one after the other in 2021. In a unique move, the exhibition’s layout will be altered once a week for the duration of the show, thus presenting a total of four distinct iterations.
Adeline Kueh, (left) Forgetting and Remembering (Pink) and (right) Forgetting and Remembering (Orange), 2021, Screenprint on artist’s handkerchiefs, (left) 43 x 70 cm (right) 42 x 71 cm (unframed).
© Adeline Kueh / STPI.
On Time inspects the role of time in the artists’ production period during their STPI residency, as well as the experience of time during and of an exhibition. The range of works on view spans print to sculpture, relief to installation, and address the impact of time on manifold levels. They invite the audience to encounter and reflect on the facet of time that is most obviously embedded in the artworks: the time of production. They further consider the role of the audience’s engagement and ask: how much time are we spending with each work and how might our perception of it change over time?
Zul Mahmod, SONIC Imprint 5, 2021, Soft ground etching with chine-collé on paper, 43.5 x 43.5 cm. © Zul Mahmod/ STPI.
Jason Lim, Grain of Sand (Orange), 2021, Paper pulp with stainless structure, 53 x 80 x 65 cm. © Jason Lim / STPI. Image courtesy of the Artist and STPI.
In the individual works, the audience can look forward to the continuation of the artists’ long-standing concerns articulated through the mediums of print and paper. Specifically for the works produced at STPI, Adeline Kueh focuses on the transformative acts against forgetting, and ideas around intimate and invisible labour within the home are used as departure points. Using repetition as a strategy, Jason Lim’s artistic process is a rhythmic, quiet and contemplative one—further, each mark is an end but the beginning of the next one, a cyclical process that provides the potential for renewal creation.
Best known for his abstract paintings, Ian Woo explores abstraction (“[It] begins with no memory, ends with one.”) in the medium of print, where the radically different printing process presents a sequential unfolding of the printing plates’ (and subsequent prints) composition and forms. This is opposed to painting where only the final form is present on a single canvas. Zul Mahmod explores the visualisation of sound through prints, and uses basic electronic circuitry that produces pure sinewave as a starting point to capture the essence of time.
Ian Woo, (left) Syllable and (right) Porcelain, 2021, (left) Monoprint and intaglio on paper and (right) Monotype on paper, (both) 110 x 81.5 cm. © Ian Woo/ STPI.
In its complexity as an exhibition, On Time also asks how experience is related to duration. It rejects the idea of a static presentation and replaces this with a mode of continuous alteration. It challenges the viewers to face their own pre-conceived ideas of time. Lastly, it invites audiences to continuously come back and renegotiate expectations, perceptions and their own memories of former experiences. In thinking about time through the exhibition and its algamation of processes, we invite you to visit STPI throughout the four weeks to experience time with us.
This exhibition is guest curated by Marc Gloede.