Confluence

19 - 27 July 2013 | Artspace@Helutrans

Members of the Art Galleries Association (Singapore) (AGAS) are holding a joint exhibition titled Confluence at Artspace@Helutrans, which will run from 19 to 27 July. It will feature an eclectic selection of over 40 artworks that will be for sale from 17 participating galleries. Together, these works highlight the porous nature of boundaries as they shun the circumscription of labels, cast off the clichés of identities, and eschew notions of a linear time.

Curator Kamiliah Bahdar says about the selection of works, “The exhibition will be showing a diverse range of artworks from local to international artists, photography to paintings, and sculptures to installations. With the global nature of the contemporary art world today, artists draw influences and ideas across both time and space. So it’s unfair to pigeonhole them along geographical lines. Rather, I hope to tie the works together through common practices.”

Originally founded in 1996, AGAS is a non-profit organisation comprised of the city’s leading art galleries. And in keeping with its goal to promote art appreciation in Singapore, a walkthrough led by the curator will be held on 20 and 27 July, Saturdays, at 2.30pm. Other initiatives currently in the pipeline that will raise the profile of the association and its members, while also contributing to the burgeoning art scene, are a new Singapore gallery guide in collaboration with Blouin Art Media and the ART IN MOTION gallery tour during Art Stage 2014.

Benjamin Hampe of Chan Hampe Galleries, and Treasurer of AGAS adds, “The July art show is a chance for all the galleries to do something together, it is a neutral platform to show our co-operation. For the gallery guide, there is a lack of quality art publications in Singapore; hopefully we will fill the gap. The intention is to start a publication of higher value to readers. The ‘Art in Motion’ event is designed to really channel the audiences and art buyers who are in town to our gallery spaces and to value add to their stay. We will be making sure they will be given the opportunity to do that in a structured way.”

The artists that will be showcased in Confluence are Victor Tan, Yeo Shih Yun, Shirin Neshat, Fabienne Verdier, David Chan, Justin Lee, Lim Tze Peng, Ling Yang Chang, Tung Yue Nang, Eric Chan, Charles Arnoldi, Chris Levine, Pard Morrison, I Made Djirna, Jana Benitez, Gary Simmons, Goh Beng Kwan, Milenko Prvacki, Qwek Wee Chew, Zhu Wei, Paul Scott, Dong Kejun, Ronald Ventura, Chow Chee Yong, Tang Ling Nah, and Ye Shufang.

And the 17 participating galleries are Art-2 Gallery, Art Forum, Art Plural Gallery, Art Seasons, Cape of Good Hope Art Gallery, Chan Hampe Galleries, Collectors Contemporary, Gajah Gallery, Galerie Steph, Ikkan Art International, iPreciation, Linda Gallery, REDSEA Gallery, Soobin Gallery, Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI), Wetterling Teo Gallery, and Yavuz Fine Art