In its 2016 edition, Art Stage Singapore introduced the Southeast Asia Forum, a thematic programme that drew attention to contemporary art’s significant place in the blueprint of modern society and the central role the artist plays in the context of Southeast Asia.
An extension of the Southeast Asia Platform exhibitioned at the Fair from 2014 to 2015, the Forum aimed to emphasise the balance between art, commerce and content by taking discussions beyond the artistic and into larger society.
The inaugural Southeast Asia Forum was titled Seismograph: Sensing the City – Art In the Urban Age. Comprising two symbiotic parts – an exhibition and a talk series, it was centred on the theme of urbanization and explored the role of artists as seismographs of society’s pulses.
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Art Stage Singapore 2016 presented a diverse range of carefully selected galleries from across Asia and the world, featuring 170 galleries from 33 countries and 30 global cities. In line with Art Stage Singapore’s strong Asian identity, there was a strong showing of 75 percent Asia-based galleries at Art Stage Singapore 2016.
Notable public artworks on the Fairground featured, Dada on Tour (presented by Bruno Art Group), a multimedia installation celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dadaism in 2016. Visitors to Art Stage Singapore 2016 were welcomed by the entrance artwork by Thai artist Ploenchan Vinyaratn (Mook) titled Nestscape (presented by Serindia Gallery) executed in her signature style of using handwoven textiles.executed in her signature style of using handwoven textiles.
Other public artworks included a wooden sculpture specially created for the Fair by prominent postwar Spanish artist Manolo Valdés (presented by Galerie Forsblom); a 3-metre ceramic sculpture by Taiwanese artist Hsu Yung-Hsu titled 2011-17 (presented by Double Square Gallery); and Thai artist Anon Pairot’s whimsical Sweet Words #HAPPY, LOVE, LIFE, FAITH (presented by Numthong Gallery).
Additional public artworks were presented by Opera Gallery, ARNDT, Pearl Lam Galleries, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, The Art Fellas, Leo Gallery, Mark Hachem and Yavuz Gallery.
As Art Stage Singapore is the meeting point for international art collectors and art professionals, high-profile visitors to the 2016 Fair included Simon de Pury, Rem Koolhaas, and Lu Xun.
Marina Bay Sands is Asia’s leading destination for business, leisure and entertainment, delivering unparalleled experiences for its guests. Located in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, Marina Bay Sands’ iconic design and multi-dimensional offerings have transformed Singapore’s city skyline and its tourism landscape since it opened on 27 April 2010.
The destination offers a luxury hotel, state-of-the art convention and exhibition facilities, theatres, world-class entertainment and the best shopping and dining in the region. The three hotel towers are crowned by the spectacular Sands SkyPark located on level 57.
Location: Hotel Tower 1 Atrium
Drift is a massive three-dimensional stainless steel polyhedral matrix of over 16,100 steel rods and more than 8,320 steel nodes. Measuring approximately 40m long, 23m high and 15m wide, it is suspended cloud-like in the air between levels 5 and 12 of the atrium of Hotel Tower 1. The geometry of the art installation was generated using a process specifically developed for Antony Gormley’s sculptures by engineer Tristan Simmonds and involves the packing of spheres around a “seed” body form or shape.
Location: Hotel Atrium (interior and exterior)
Rising Forest is a ceramic sculpture composed of 83 massive, glazed, stoneware ceramic vessels occupying approximately 4,000m² in the Hotel Atrium. Each vessel weighs 1,200 kg and measures 3m tall. Every vessel holds a tree, creating a “canopy” of trees across the interior and exterior areas of the Hotel Atrium. The vessels are so large that the artist had to build a customized kiln the size of a small building. The ceramic pieces were made in Yixing, China, known for its artistry and high-quality ceramics since the 11th century and the clay was mined from a special quarry in the Yellow Dragon Mountain and was aged for five years. Each vessel required 15–20 days to complete by hand using the coil construction method.
Location: Upper & Lower Casino Podium Wall (exterior)
James Carpenter Design Associates Inc.’s artwork consists of a series of uniquely composed vertical glass and metal fin-like elements suspended in front of a reflective metal panel facade. The artwork is 112m long and 17m tall and features 80 stainless steel fins and over 200 glass fins. The floating fins accentuate the serpentine quality of the facade and capture a sense of the sky within the depth of the facade. As visitors pass by, the Blue Reflection Facade changes dynamically creating a visual layering that is luminous and reflective. Day and night, the shimmering facade provides viewers with a constantly changing experience of light.
Location: Hotel Atrium (exterior)
Wind Arbor is the largest and most visible piece of Marina Bay Sands’ Art Path. It covers 6,800 m², equivalent to the surface area of five-and-a-half Olympic-sized swimming pools. The sculpture consists of 260,000 aluminum metal “flappers” covering the entire western facade of the Hotel Atrium facing the Central Business District and encircling the air-conditioning towers at the north end of the property. When the flappers move, they reflect light, creating a shimmering piece of art. It is 15m tall at the north end and increases to 55m tall at the southern entry. The flappers are mounted on hinges and hung from steel cable so they are free to move independently in reaction to wind movements.
Location: Waterfront Promenade / Retail Mall
Rain Oculus is a large acrylic and stainless steel structure located at the intersection of the retail mall and the waterfront promenade. It creates a whirlpool motion on the promenade level with the water falling one storey through a hole in the centre of the Oculus, creating a dynamic water skylight feature at the heart of the retail mall. It consists of a 22m diameter acrylic bowl mounted on top of a tubular stainless steel superstructure which forms a “basket” to support the acrylic panels. The combined weight of the acrylic Oculus and steel superstructure is 90 tons. Water flows at 6,000 gallons per minute through the Oculus and the maximum weight of water it can hold is 200 tons. The water is the art medium creating the sculptural effect in this installation.
Location: Hotel Tower 3
Tipping Wall, located at the cooling tower adjacent to the southern end of the hotel, features 7,000 mechanical polycarbonate tipping water channels on a large glass reinforced concrete wall about the size of a basketball court. Water running down the glass reinforced concrete wall splashes out and animates the white tipping channels, which are supported by stainless steel pins. As each channel fills with water, it tips left or right like a seesaw and spills water into either of the two channels below it. Water is recovered at the catchment area below the tippers and re-circulated to the distribution trough.
Location: Hotel Tower 1 Reception
Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #915, Arcs, Circle and Irregular bands, 1999
Location: Underground pedestrian network connecting Marina Bay Sands to Bayfront MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) station
Sol LeWitt’s (1928–2007) wall drawings redefined traditional concepts about discreet works of art. His innovation was two-fold: that the idea was the artwork, and that someone other than the artist could execute the work and it would still be a work by the artist. Wall drawings painstakingly follow Mr. LeWitt’s directions, and while a drawing may be installed many times, it may vary only slightly in size and never in format. Each drawing is accompanied by directions and a signed certificate that authenticates the work. The wall drawings are hand-painted and due to their scale, they require the execution and supervision of LeWitt-trained artists. The bold, colourful geometric design that comprises Wall Drawing #917, Arcs and Circles was drawn by two artists from the Lewitt Estate, Takeshi Arita and Gabriel Hurier, who worked with LeWitt for many years before he died. They were assisted by a select group of four local artists chosen through the Singapore Tyler Print Institute.
Wall Drawing #917, Arcs and Circles, 1999, measures 4.34 by 20.32m.
Wall Drawing #915, Arcs, Circle and Irregular Bands, 1999, measures 3.96 by 16.76m.
Location: Lions Bridge
Artificial Rock #71 and #86 are abstract sculptures inspired by The Scholar’s Rock, which has long been held in high regard by the educated and upper class in China for its complexity and beauty. For generations in China, The Scholar’s Rock held a place of honour in gardens and courtyards throughout the country. Zhan Wang’s Artificial Rocks are highly reflective to symbolically represent China’s rapid changes. As gardens and places of quiet contemplation make way for modern skyscrapers, the sculptures’ shiny surfaces reflect what is around them and through these mirror-like surfaces, reflect the ever-changing view of China’s modernization.
Artificial Rock #71 measures 62.5 X 74 X 38in.
Artificial Rock #86 measures 90.5 X 70.75 X 31.5in.
Location: Hotel Tower 1 Atrium
Motion consists of two “islands,” unit A and unit B, made of glass and stone. Each unit is fabricated from amorphously shaped glass plates glued together to form large glass sections partly bordered by a Jura Beige stone bench. Placed at a distance from one another, Motion represents the movement of the river currents in relation to dry land and its intention is to introduce nature into the architectural space.
Location: Lily pond at ArtScience Museum
Sky Mirror, which depicts an “oculus in the space,” is a stainless steel reflective artwork by Anish Kapoor. Measuring 2.9m in diameter and weighing 1,800 kg, Sky Mirror appears to “bring the sky down to earth” creating an optical illusion that the sky and its surrounding are within reach. Positioned at an angle of 30-degrees, Sky Mirror captures the beauty of the sky and a portrait of the iconic lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum.
A two-part session on independent art initiatives in Southeast Asia
The Free and the Brave: Artist-initiated Spaces and Platforms
Nathalie Johnston (Curator, Researcher and Director, Myanm/art, Yangon)
Norberto Roldan (Artist and Artistic Director, Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila)
Grace Samboh (Independent Curator and Researcher, Hyphen, Yogyakarta)
Jason Wee (Artist, Curator, Writer, Founder, Grey Projects, Singapore)
Ch??ng-?ài Võ (Researcher, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong)
Time: 2pm - 345pm
Location: Level 3, Angsana Room (3E & 3F)
Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo & Convention Centre