Yeo Workshop. Singapore
(24 June – 3 September 2017)
A Group Exhibition by Mike HJ Chang, Merryn Trevethan, Xue Mu, Filippo Sciascia
Dates: 24 June – 3 September 2017
Contemporary archaeology maintains that modern artefacts and objects have information that can support anthropological inquiries into habits and phenomena of modern society. In this vein, contemporary art thus forms an archive of the contemporary experience, with its inherent diversity underscoring the multitude of experiences in the state of increasing globalisation and technologisation in the world today.
The artworks in this exhibition are indices of the contemporary experience, highlighting the lenses of perception that currently filter the everyday experience of individuals. Collectively, the works conceive a narrative of light and luminance as that which informs and structures our sense of perception and experiences of the world. As apertures into each artist’s universe, the artworks acquaint us with the artist’s practice in the studio – the place where new worlds are born.
Filippo Sciascia’s work engages image and art historical references in both Eastern and Western cultures that persists in our mediated experience is put at the forefront to question modern perception. Sciascia references light as a fundamental artistic device in his works across painting and sculpture. The works in this show reference images from documentary films today as well as art historical figures such as Louise Bourgeois are represented, the uncanny similarity in “Timor” an Indonesian tribal sculpture from Flores to Picasso’s Les Demoiselle D’avignon.
He references a universal inquiry into light that is the essence of all religions and cultures. Lux Lumina is a concept that focuses on the re-depiction of the photographic image on canvas, placing emphasis on light as a visual element in photography and video. Reconsidering illumination, Sciascia’s works delve into the notion of light that aids visual perception, yet proves to obscure and distort vision. Through the development of new methods within the studio, Sciascia mixes archaeological objects and contemporary art subjects to create new symbols in the exploration of the problematic of reality and representation.