Aloft at Hermès exhibition in 2019

1 Aug
13 Oct 2019
Some Other Matter, Irfan Hendrian
Installation view of "Some Other Matter", Irfan Hendrian, Aloft at Hermès, 2019 © Edward Hendricks
Some Other Matter, Irfan Hendrian
Installation view of "Some Other Matter", Irfan Hendrian, Aloft at Hermès, 2019 © Edward Hendricks
Some Other Matter, Irfan Hendrian
Installation view of "Some Other Matter", Irfan Hendrian, Aloft at Hermès, 2019 © Edward Hendricks
Some Other Matter, Irfan Hendrian
Installation view of "Some Other Matter", Irfan Hendrian, Aloft at Hermès, 2019 © Edward Hendricks
Visitors crossing the threshold at Aloft at Hermès in Singapore find themselves in a curious, post-industrial space. Closer inspection reveals the reason for this strangeness: the installation before them is entirely made of paper. This exhibition by Irfan Hendrian serves as a vast exploration of the nature and role of this material, in stark contrast to its ostensible fragility.

Irfan Hendrian (b. 1987, USA) is one of a crop of artists who, at the heart of our digital and dematerialised era, stand out for their attachment to traditional industrial processes and printed matter. For his exhibition at Aloft at Hermès, entitled “Some Other Matter”, this artist, printmaker and graphic designer embarks upon an exploration of how technological progress has affected our relationship to paper.

Visitors step into a seemingly abandoned building where paper takes on the form of brick and concrete and, in places, rejoins its material of origin, wood. “I want to present paper as a different material: in parts of the industrial process, paper is seen as volumetric, heavy and durable, distorting its assumed characteristics,” explains the artist. “I want to rethink our relation with the material, our everyday interaction with it and its effect on history and nature, imbuing it with new memories, meanings and values.”

Hendrian’s post-industrial installation is an immersive one, populated by machines, abandoned tools and structural elements, all reproduced in paper. The work is in part an homage to the publishing houses of Bandoung, Indonesia, where Hendrian has settled, which perpetuated a long tradition of industrial printing until their closure in recent years.

By mobilising paper as a construction material, Hendrian demonstrates the extent to which it can assume a unique power and solidity that contrasts with its traditional material associations. In doing so, he opens up a multitude of possibilities and new perspectives for the material. Adept in this kind of formal exploration, Hendrian has used the space of Aloft at Hermès to undertake a process that recalls the approach of the Bauhaus, where forms were reduced and simplified to their essence in order to touch the sublime.

Disciplines
Visual arts
Lieu
Aloft at Hermès
Singapore
Singapore
Artist, printmaker and graphic designer Irfan Hendrian stands out for his attachment to traditional industrial processes and printed matter.
This exhibition serves as a vast exploration of the nature and role of this material, in stark contrast to its ostensible fragility.
Machines and abandoned tools are reproduced in paper, as an homage to the publishing houses of Bandoung, Indonesia.

Informations

Exhibition dates

Irfan Hendrian, "Some Other Matter" from 01/08/2019 to 13/10/2019

Practical information

Aloft at Hermès, Singapore
541 Orchard Road, Liat Towers
Singapore

Open daily
From 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Free Admission

Programme Director

Emi Eu