Zul Mahmod, No Substance, sound installation, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.
Residencies: OPEN offers a rare insight into the often introverted sphere of the artists’ studio. This edition of Residencies: OPEN features open studio sessions and installations by Artists-in-Residence Saleh Husein, Zac Langdon-Pole, Zul Mahmod, Dennis Tan, and a panel discussion on abstraction moderated by Guo-Liang Tan.
Zul Mahmod, Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-01
Zul Mahmod’s (Singapore) practice investigates the aural architecture of spaces in order to explore the emotional, behavioural and visceral responses of its inhabitants. While in residence, Zul will explore the aural relationship between readymade sound sculptures and the architecture of space. Sonic characteristics, forms and textures of everyday objects will be examined in order to compose an orchestra of sonic sculptures.
Saleh Husein, Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-04
Saleh Husein’s (Indonesia) current research looks at Arabic descendants in Indonesia, crossing borders between art, politics, economy, and science. Through themes of identity, transition and journeys, he is exploring the story of the Arabic society in Singapore, seeking artefacts and archives that look at the relationship and histories between the two groups from the perspective of its citizens. His new work, developed whilst in residence at NTU CCA Singapore, considers the temporality and asynchrony of migration.
Guo-Liang Tan, Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-03
How does one speak of abstraction and what can the abstract say? Through conversations with other artists, writers and curators around the operation of abstraction as an artistic strategy today, Guo-Liang Tan's (Singapore) panel from 4.00 to 6.00pm will gather part of this ongoing investigation to situate abstraction beyond its usual formal discourse and reconsider its relevance to the fields of semiotics, socio-politics and phenomenology.
Moderated by Guo-Liang Tan, speakers include Dr Kevin Chua, art historian; Joleen Loh, Assistant Curator, National Gallery Singapore; and Ian Woo, artist.
Zac Langdon-Pole, Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-05
Zac Langdon-Pole’s (New Zealand) work straddles cross-cultural experience and with it he examines the often overlooked, lyrical relationships between broader socio-cultural processes, objects, images and individual people. Langdon-Pole will present the film, Pieces of 8 (2015), which depicts a yellow canary bird in a cage. The film references the historical usage of canaries in mining, where they would accompany miners in a small cage, their death serving as a warning signal if conditions became unsafe to consider broader notions of danger or anxiety.
Dennis Tan, Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-07
Dennis Tan (Singapore) will present the work-in-progress construction of a traditional Indonesian Kolek sailboat. Through construction of the boat, Tan investigates ideas of self-organisation and the transmission of skills and knowledge through generations of oral history in the Riau Archipelago and how this enables the continuity of cultural communities. Tan’s evolving practice suspends conceptualism, tinkers with found objects and the environment as a gestural structure upon which the loop closes with the behaviour of its recipients.
Tue - Sun: 12.00 - 7.00pm
Fri: 12.00 - 9.00pm
Open on Public Holidays