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‘See Like a Heretic: On Vision and Belief’ at Gajah Gallery, Singapore

“Bronze Heart,”2018, by Suzann Victor (b.1959), Cast Bronze, 17 x 11 x 12 cm, Gajah Gallery
(Courtesy: Gajah Gallery)

Gajah Gallery in Singapore is hosting a solo exhibition by Suzann Victor showcasing her ongoing experiments with the qualities of light and her inquiries into how viewers perceive, experience and make sense of their being in the world.

She spent almost a two-year collaboration with the Yogya Art Lab (YAL) in Indonesia, a residency initiative organized by Gajah Gallery, where she experimented with the qualities of lights and the exhibition “See Like a Heretic” continues Victor's ongoing experiments. The materiality of stained glass is prevalent throughout the works in this exhibition. The YAL team and the artist worked in tandem to produce a series of Christian religious icons, angels, wings-without-angels, and intricate heart sculptures.

The gallery says that in today’s life, the stained-glass medium is reminiscent of the translucent colored light that gently filters through church windows but Victor violently crushed the stained glass and meticulously reworked into opaque shimmering coverings and exquisite sculptural forms in “See Like a Heretic.” Approached with delicacy and precision, the YAL team has managed to successfully translate Victor’s vision into an extraordinary body of work that exudes an iconic status and divine sensibility of a different kind.

“Victor is acclaimed for her public artworks and contemporary art installations and was part of a formative generation of contemporary artists working in Singapore in the 1980s and 1990s who sought to expand the possibilities of art, experimenting in bold installation, sculptural, and performance art practices,” writes the gallery.

Victor’s works have been showcased in prestigious international exhibitions including the 49th edition of the Venice Biennale, the 6th Havana Biennale, the 6th Gwangju Biennale, Singapore Biennale 2013, and “High Tide, New Currents in Art from Australia and New Zealand” at the Zachta National Gallery of Art. In Australia, her participation includes the 2nd Asia-Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, Adelaide Biennale 2008, and “Australian!” at the Casula Powerhouse. Most recently, Victor’s installation “Veil — See Like a Heretic” was created for the major retrospective exhibition “Sunshower,” held in Japan in 2017-2018, surveying contemporary Southeast Asian art from the 1980s to now, following which Victor was commissioned to create her new public art installation — “A Thousand Skies” at Jyotenji Temple,” Hakata, outside the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

The exhibition is on view through June 10, 2018 at Gajah Gallery, 39 Keppel Road, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, #03-04, Singapore.

For details, visit: https://www.gajahgallery.com/

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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