Installation View: 2017 Group Show Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore's Highlights from Southeast Asia, 1 January - 4 March 2017, ARNDT Singapore Installation View: 2017 Group Show Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore's Highlights from Southeast Asia, 1 January - 4 March 2017, ARNDT Singapore
Installation View: 2017 Group Show Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore's Highlights from Southeast Asia, 1 January - 4 March 2017, ARNDT Singapore Installation View: 2017 Group Show Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore's Highlights from Southeast Asia, 1 January - 4 March 2017, ARNDT Singapore
Installation View: 2017 Group Show Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore's Highlights from Southeast Asia, 1 January - 4 March 2017, ARNDT Singapore Installation View: 2017 Group Show Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore's Highlights from Southeast Asia, 1 January - 4 March 2017, ARNDT Singapore
Installation View: 2017 Group Show Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore's Highlights from Southeast Asia, 1 January - 4 March 2017, ARNDT Singapore Installation View: 2017 Group Show Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore's Highlights from Southeast Asia, 1 January - 4 March 2017, ARNDT Singapore
Agung Kurniawan, Pope & Mehmet, 2011, Welded steel & Paint, Variable dimensions (aprox. 200 x 500 cm) Agung Kurniawan, Pope & Mehmet, 2011, Welded steel & Paint, Variable dimensions (aprox. 200 x 500 cm)
Installation View: 2017 Group Show Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore's Highlights from Southeast Asia, 1 January - 4 March 2017, ARNDT Singapore Installation View: 2017 Group Show Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore's Highlights from Southeast Asia, 1 January - 4 March 2017, ARNDT Singapore
Installation View: 2017 Group Show Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore's Highlights from Southeast Asia, 1 January - 4 March 2017, ARNDT Singapore Installation View: 2017 Group Show Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore's Highlights from Southeast Asia, 1 January - 4 March 2017, ARNDT Singapore
Installation View: 2017 Group Show Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore's Highlights from Southeast Asia, 1 January - 4 March 2017, ARNDT Singapore Installation View: 2017 Group Show Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore's Highlights from Southeast Asia, 1 January - 4 March 2017, ARNDT Singapore

INSTANT REPLAY: ARNDT Singapore’s Highlights from Southeast Asia
Group Exhibition
13 January - 4 March 2017
Opening | Friday | 13 January, 7 - 9 pm | ARNDT Fine Art at Gillman Barracks (Block 47, #01-25)

“Instant Replay: ARNDT Singapore’s Highlights from Southeast Asia” is a showcase of works from the Berlin-based gallery since the inception of its Southeast Asian headquarters in 2013. The group exhibition presents contemporary art in all mediums and formats from a wide-ranging roster of artists including Khadim Ali, Jigger Cruz, Marina Cruz, FX Harsono, Richard Hassell, Agung Kurniawan, Eko Nugroho, Sopheap Pich, Yudi Sulistyo, Rodel Tapaya, and Entang Wiharso.

While contemporary art practice and writing of Southeast Asia tends to mobilise ideas around cultural tradition in relation to pre-modern histories, post-colonial narratives, identity politics, and nation building, the generational differences between artists also present contrasting approaches in connecting with the development of their respective societies. Consequently, their artistic output is informed by various forms of lived experience, which has evolved over the years along with the recent history of the region. The artistic practices of Indonesian artists such as FX Harsono and Entang Wiharso mark the development of Indonesia’s dynamic contemporary art scene; Harsono was one of the proponents of the Indonesian New Art Movement (German Seni Rupa Baru) founded in 1975, while Entang Wiharso emerged at a time when the nation propelled itself towards democracy in the late 1990s. As a studio artists and art activists, Agung Kurniawan and Eko Nugroho take up clear positions which lead them to street level or even intervention of bureaucratic structures. Yudi Sulistyo’s reimagined militaristic vehicles conjure up childhood memories of toys and war-themed films, yet they also suggest the shortcomings of modern technological developments and their destructive powers. Working primarily with rattan and bamboo, the Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich insists upon a materiality that refuses definition or stability, quietly invoking metamorphosis as waves of civil protest across Thailand and Cambodia unsettle the everyday. His works resonate with the environment and the stories of past journeys, however he increasingly draws inspiration from their individual process of coming into being. From the Philippines, young artists such as Marina Cruz, Rodel Tapaya, Geraldine Javier and Jigger Cruz present works that respond to the social and political upheaval of their nation’s recent history: natural disasters, coup d’etat and calls to presidential impeachments, corruption, bribery, urban overpopulation and poverty. They have directed their ideas into the reality that is Manila, the nation’s capital from where most of the country’s bizarre undulations spring. Just as Southeast Asia’s identity is constantly open to reinterpretation, so is its visual culture, and this is nowhere more apparent than in Richard Hassell’s geometric tessellations, referencing traditional textile designs and tribal art from the region. Although most of these artists’ works are inspired by their own localities, they continue to seek their place within the rest of the world.

ARNDT has developed a strong profile in Asia by exhibiting emerging and mid-career artists since 2011. Having organised solo shows and group exhibitions with major artists from Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia, the gallery has firmly established itself in the field of contemporary art within the region. The artists included in “Instant Replay” are carefully selected to represent the increasing diversity in mediums and styles, with a specific focus on the themes of geographical displacement, traditional versus contemporary, as well as socio-political commentary. Combining localised traditions of modern art with a more conceptual approach to art-making, these works are a manifestation of the collective cultural memory of Southeast Asia today.  

Press contact: peychuan@arndtfineart.com

 

 

 

FX Harsono, Gazing on Collective Memory, 2016, Books, ceramic bowls, 3D digital print, frames, and photographs, 80 x 190 x 270 cm, HARS0036 FX Harsono, Gazing on Collective Memory, 2016, Books, ceramic bowls, 3D digital print, frames, and photographs, 80 x 190 x 270 cm, HARS0036 Agung Kurniawan, Pope & Mehmet, 2011, Welded steel & Paint, Dimensions variable (aprox. 200 x 500 cm) Agung Kurniawan, Pope & Mehmet, 2011, Welded steel & Paint, Dimensions variable (aprox. 200 x 500 cm) Sopheap Pich,  Untitled (Dark Field), 2012, Mixed Media, 61 × 61 × 6 cm, PICH0003 Sopheap Pich, Untitled (Dark Field), 2012, Mixed Media, 61 × 61 × 6 cm, PICH0003 Yudi Sulistyo, World Without Sea, 2013, Paper, iron pipe, pvc pipe, wood, found object, paint, 150 × 244 × 186 cm Yudi Sulistyo, World Without Sea, 2013, Paper, iron pipe, pvc pipe, wood, found object, paint, 150 × 244 × 186 cm Entang Wiharso, Melt, 2008, Acrylic, spray paint, car paint, collaged photo details, and oil on canvas, 300 x 600 cm (triptych) Entang Wiharso, Melt, 2008, Acrylic, spray paint, car paint, collaged photo details, and oil on canvas, 300 x 600 cm (triptych) Eko Nugroho, Money Always Over The Power, 2014, Ecoline, Indian ink on paper, 200 x 150 cm Eko Nugroho, Money Always Over The Power, 2014, Ecoline, Indian ink on paper, 200 x 150 cm Eko Nugroho, Clear Message, 2015, Ecoline, Indian ink on paper, 200 x 150 cm Eko Nugroho, Clear Message, 2015, Ecoline, Indian ink on paper, 200 x 150 cm Khadim Ali, Transition / Evacuation 4, 2014, Wool, cotton thread and ink,  330 × 240 cm , KALI0005 Khadim Ali, Transition / Evacuation 4, 2014, Wool, cotton thread and ink, 330 × 240 cm , KALI0005 Marina Cruz, Plain with Stains, 2016, oil on canvas, 106,68 × 60,96 cm, MCRU0006 Marina Cruz, Plain with Stains, 2016, oil on canvas, 106,68 × 60,96 cm, MCRU0006 Eko Nugroho, Yesterday Talking About Tomorrow, 2015, Manual Embroidery, 261 × 166 cm, NUGR0254 Eko Nugroho, Yesterday Talking About Tomorrow, 2015, Manual Embroidery, 261 × 166 cm, NUGR0254 Rodel Tapaya, Why Cocks Crow, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 122 × 152,5 × 4 cm, TAPA0158 Rodel Tapaya, Why Cocks Crow, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 122 × 152,5 × 4 cm, TAPA0158 Richard Hassell, Turtles All the Way Down II, 2016, Dibond UV printing in matte gold and black on gold brushed aluminium sheet, 118 × 118 cm, 1/5 Richard Hassell, Turtles All the Way Down II, 2016, Dibond UV printing in matte gold and black on gold brushed aluminium sheet, 118 × 118 cm, 1/5