An Hour @ The Museum: No Boundary at ShanghArt Gallery

View Gali Batu, Overlooking Bukit Panjang (2014)
View Gali Batu, Overlooking Bukit Panjang (2014)PHOTOS: SHANGHART GALLERY

A disparate series of works, from ceramics to oil paintings to video works, done by four Singapore artists - Jason Lim, Joo Choon Lin, Robert Zhao Renhui and Vincent Leow - are on display at the No Boundary exhibition at ShanghArt Gallery. The quartet drew its inspiration from diverse sources. Leow, for example, created his art after a residency programme where he witnessed violence in the Middle East, while Lim sees the transformation of clay upon heating as a metaphor for new life.

View Gali Batu, Overlooking Bukit Panjang (2014)

By Robert Zhao, 121x84cm, archival piezographic print

Visual artist Robert Zhao has travelled across the island, documenting its massive sand depositories, as he is interested in landscape transformation in Singapore. "I wanted to create a work where we can start to imagine a new way to read these features," he says.


Towards A New Geological Age - Fulgurite (Lightning- Impacted Sand-Glass) (1995)

By Robert Zhao, 45x45x140cm, excavated fulgurite in wooden vitrine

Fulgurites are formed when lightning strikes the ground and this particular piece was discovered by Zhao in Changi a long time ago. "It is interesting when something unexpected occurs naturally, especially where everything is under such precise control," he says.


White Dogs (2012)

By Vincent Leow, 120x150cm, oil on canvas

Leow did this series of paintings after his stay in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates between 2007 and 2013. During his stay, he came to know of assault on civilians, violence and torture in parts of the Middle East. Many of these works are influenced by Spanish painter Francisco Goya's Disasters Of War series.


Big Bad Wolf (2012)

By Vincent Leow 120x150cm, oil on canvas

Leow was inspired to do this painting, which portrays two ominous-looking figures cradling an infant and inscribing his brain, after seeing the "blatant ugliness of war" in the media.


Intestinology Series 01 - We Have The Most Beautiful Intestine (2014)

By Joo Choon Lin, video, 1 minute 48 seconds

This garish-looking video features an image of the intestines, overlaid with the text "Most Beautiful", which looks as if it was refracted through a diamond. The work references "intestinology", a utilitarian approach humans take to keeping and discarding objects and beings, as identified by Joo.


Intestinology Series 02 - The Black Paraphernalia (2014)

By Joo Choon Lin

120x200cm, mixed media installation

This work is inspired by the Black Museum in Scotland, which houses a collection of criminal memorabilia. Joo explores how seemingly innocuous items, such as ketchup bottles, can be fraught with meaning, just because they are used in crimes.


1111 (2014)

By Jason Lim, stoneware, size varies according to bowl arrangement

As the name suggests, this work consists of 1,111 individual bowls placed together to form a single artwork. Lim says he was inspired by the "mass production technique" and taken with how the work is a greater sum than its individual parts, in its "way of presentation at various sites".


Works From The Garden - Split 2 (2010)

By Jason Lim, stoneware, 105x15x16cm

The idea behind this bulbous sculpture came during Lim's walks to the studio during his art residency in the British city of Lincoln. "The path I took was one garnished with beautiful plants in full bloom. So the works try to emulate the ideas of sprouting and seedlings," he says.


WHERE: ShanghArt Singapore, 9 Lock Road, 02-22 Gillman Barracks

MRT: Labrador Park

WHEN: Tomorrow to Nov 15, 11am to 7pm daily except Monday

ADMISSION: Free

INFO: www.shanghartsingapore.com

Lee Jian Xuan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2015, with the headline 'Hour At The Museum'. Print Edition | Subscribe