The limits of the creative world are limitless, just as the limits of the vast skies are infinitely wider than what our eyes can see. But more appealing are the clouds, the ever-changing and diverse shapes that litter our blue or orange skies, keeping us warm and shielded from the atmosphere beyond Earth.
It is also a source of secular inspiration which proves to be even more important in our time. Beyond the question of what it means to dematerialize in a material world, the clouds evoke heavier notions of what climate change has in store for humanity. They may or may not look like the same ethereal or dark beings we perceive them to be today, but this dreamy yet weighted subject matter has sparked a rich body of work that manifests in the Nuages exhibition presented in collaboration between Marina Design Works , Olal Art and Galerie Clémentine de Forton, at 63 Spotts Art Gallery.
Featuring works by artists hailing from Europe and Asia, Clouds is explored through a wide range of mediums that include works of photography, painting, perforated paper, acrylic installations and ceramics.
In some works, the cloud is representative of freedom, a manifestation of memory and creativity that is explored simply through light. Linette Cajou’s “Cloud Series” is inspired by pareidolia, which is a tendency to impose meaning — her paintings invite us to travel freely in her imagination, taking us to inner and outer worlds between dream and reality. Hélène Le Chatelier’s “Missing Part”, meanwhile, explores how even the heaviest memories can be made poetic and lightened, her meditative process of softening the paper part of the restful serenity that accompanies her paper sculptures.
In “Horizons Limited,” Mona Choo takes her long-term research into consciousness and develops a series that explores the limits of our three physical dimensions, inspired by Plato’s allegory of the cave but creating without a fixed end product at home. ‘spirit. This gives rise to limitless experimentation, which is why his multimedia works explore the elusive nature of reality with such freedom.
However, there are also works that celebrate the form in which they are found. Laur Meyrieux’s “Papers crumpled” explore the fragility of paper, the traditional technique of shibori anchoring her textile experimentation with a sensitivity to the natural relationships that Asian papers have with natural inks and powders. Mylène Viggers’ “Flamboyant Heavens” Captures the Beauty of Sunsets Within Her
whimsical but realistic outdoors paintings of the sky seen around Singapore, while Andy Yang’s “Whispering Winds” abstractly paints what the clouds mean to him in its typically rhythmic, voluptuous strokes.
Clouds are also explored beyond the canvas. Yang Yong Liang’s “Imagined Landscapes” marks a breakthrough in his understanding of art under the impact of a pandemic year, his calligraphic digital art showcasing a place of warmth devoid of the heaviness it had taken on to feel by getting too comfortable in his sanctuary of his own works. Liu Xuanqi’s modern “Cloud” graphic plays with the idea of permanence and the temporal, taking pop culture icons to relay the tension that arises at the crossroads of rapid globalization.
clouds also presents the “Clouds Ceramics” by Charlotte de Charentenay, inspired by the inner beauty of nature by recalling the shapes and movement of clouds, their weightlessness and their fragile textures anchored and made seductive by the sensual sensation of modeling clay. “Supernature – Souvenirs” by Benjamin Deroche uses poetic photographs and floating “paper clouds” to challenge the perception of space, the savagery of his large landscapes and the temporality of his paper sculptures inciting the viewer to s ‘isolate in contemplation and meditation – two spiritual processes that give him the ability to create.
Marina Design Works, Olal Art and Clementine de Forton Gallery are part of the Totem Art Collective, a group of French and Chinese art consultants and gallery owners in Singapore who want to foster more international artistic collaborations in Asia. The clouds The exhibition is open until September 25, at 63 Spotts Art Gallery.
On September 15, the artistic rendezvous will be held at the Spottswood Gallery and the Art Porters Gallery with three exhibitions to discover simultaneously.
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