Nothing Lasts Nothing's Finished
Launching 1pm Thurs 7 May
Sullivan+Strumpf Singapore is delighted to launch our first online group exhibition. ‘Nothing Lasts Nothing’s Finished’ features works by Juka Araikawan (Japan), Dawn Ng (Singapore), Eko Nugroho (Indonesia), and Enggar Rhomadioni (Indonesia). The exhibition celebrates transience and how the impermanent is being viewed, documented, or even preserved by the artists. Each artist in the show taps into their own view of the passage by which time passes; dreams, gestures, human minds, and hours, minutes, seconds.
The figures in Juka Araikawa’s works seem caught in uncanny, dream-like environments, the images are based on fragments of collected images, dreams, and stories. The ‘actors’ and backgrounds of her works are often seen elusive and unresolved while engaging in familiar activities, as if they’re playing their roles in absurd settings.
Dawn Ng’s latest series, INTO AIR, started as a benign curiosity about holding time in an ephemeral object like ice which then developed into a study on the metamorphosis of form, state, shape, and colour via the creation and disappearance of large sculptural blocks of frozen pigments over time. The series is a process of measuring hours, minutes, seconds, in solid, liquid, then air. It is also a process of possessing time in some way.
After 32 years under the dictatorship of the New Order regime, indonesia revolted in 1998; liberating itself from decades if subjugation and censorship. In the years that follow, Yogyalarta became a fertile expanse for experimentation and socio-political criticism. This zeitgeist is evident in Eko Nugroho’s expanded body of work by local traditions and global popular culture with his own political views. Much of his works are also grounded in local culture, Nugroho’s masked figures allude to his fascination with traditional Javanese shadow theatre, to which masks are intergral.
Last but not least, in this paintings, Enggar Rhomadioni explores the relationship between life’s events, the glories and the miseries, with human gestures and remembrances. Those personal life events and memories resulted in surreal paintings that are inviting reinterpretations when being viewed by others. Remembrances in his works are painted in the form of familiar object or memento which then triggers the recollection of completely different memories to each of the viewers, the good and the unfortunate, at the same time.