9PM Pail, 2013, Oil on Canvas, 45.5 x 35.5cm 9PM Pail, 2013, Oil on Canvas, 45.5 x 35.5cm

LOI CAI XIANG
Recent Paintings
Presented by Benjamin Hampe

Opening: Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 6-9 pm
Venue: The Arts House at the Old Parliament, The Blue Room (first floor)
(1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429)
Running Time: 23 – 28 January 2018

 

ARNDT Fine Art and Benjamin Hampe proudly announce a solo show of Loi Cai Xiang on the occasion of the Singapore Art Week 2018.
Loi Cai Xiang will present a selection of new paintings from his “Void” series at the Arts House at the Old Parliament (The Blue Room), from 23 - 28 January.

Loi Cai Xiang is a classical oil-painter having graduated in Western Painting (Distinction) at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. In 2016 he won the prestigious Clifton Art Prize, had his first solo show in Singapore with Chan+Hori in August 2017 and was chosen to represent Singapore at the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India partnership at the Asean-India Art Camp in Udaipur in September 2017, to be followed by an exhibition in January 2018.

Loi Cai Xiang seeks inspiration of personal experiences, intimate places, nostalgic memories and seemingly familiar sceneries. His paintings appear like photographic snapshots of an angle the artist wants to capture for eternity. They show a certain similarity to the famous “Bathroom” work & “Daily” series by German photographer Thomas Demand, where Demand encapsulated trivial scenes from the bathroom. His photographs however always indicate a perfectionist and flawless detail view.
Loi Cai Xiang’s paintings also capture the everyday moments, but in a way that you feel somebody is present - the viewer enters somebody’s home/living room/ bathroom. One looks at the painting and a story unfolds in one’s mind either about the possible person living there or on personal memories one shares with the depicted scenery.

For Loi Cai Xiang’s solo show at the Arts House from 23 - 28 January 2018, he will present new works from his “Void” series: “A ramification from my previous series of intimate spaces, these works withdraw from the external (immediate surrounding) to the internal (self). The author finds values in personal experiences, drawing stimulation and empathy from nostalgia and sense of familiarity to visually re-enact a mental scar or emotional blemishes. Beyond the soliloquy, the works also speak, with interest, of consciousness and awareness, of being and self, in relation to the masses. Void taps into an emotional resonance from seemingly familiar spaces where personal emotional stimulation is present. The catalyst behind Void arises from a sense of intimacy and familiarity that one shares with the environment and space, and in so, rekindles experiences and memory. This constant need to define a void that resides between us and the physical world is an attempt to make sense and create a synthetic connection to explain a state of being. This endeavor is a personal exploration for sensibility to define a private gulf that exist between my conscious and subconscious state of mind.” Loi Cai Xiang, 2017

Loi Cai Xiang was born 1992 in Singapore and lives and works in Singapore. He received a diploma in Fine Art From Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and has been recognized with several scholarships and awards since 2010. Selected solo shows include “Void”, 2017, Chan+Hori Contemporary, Singapore, selected group shows include “Academy Rules”, 2014, Chan Hampe Galleries, Singapore, “Milieu”, 2013, Dahlia Gallery Singapore and several art fair participations in Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea. His work is part of the Asia Capital Reinsurance Singapore as well as Clifton Singapore Collection.

The Arts House at the Old Parliament, Singapore The Arts House at the Old Parliament, Singapore
Cai Xiang Loi, 10.22AM Sunlight, 2015, oil on canvas, 36 x 46 cm Cai Xiang Loi, 10.22AM Sunlight, 2015, oil on canvas, 36 x 46 cm Cai Xiang Loi, 9PM Pail, 2013, Oil on Canvas, 45.5 x 35.5 cm Cai Xiang Loi, 9PM Pail, 2013, Oil on Canvas, 45.5 x 35.5 cm Cai Xiang Loi, 5AM Toilet, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 35.5 x28 cm Cai Xiang Loi, 5AM Toilet, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 35.5 x28 cm