Aloft at Hermès Exhibition Cycle in 2018

17 May 2018
10 Mar 2019
Xavier Antin
Portrait of artist Xavier Antin © DR
fidelity, Jeremey Sharma
Installation view of the exhibition "fidelity" Jeremy Sharma, Aloft at Hermès, 2018 © Edward Hendricks
fidelity, Jeremey Sharma
Portrait of artist Jeremy Sharma © Edward Hendricks
fidelity, Jeremey Sharma
Installation view of the exhibition "fidelity" Jeremy Sharma, Aloft at Hermès, 2018 © Edward Hendricks
fidelity, Jeremey Sharma
Jeremy Sharma, preliminary image of the "fidelity" exhibiton, Aloft at Hermès © Jeremy Sharma
Each year, Aloft at Hermès welcomes original, specially conceived works by contemporary artists. Following on from Noriko Ambe’s exhibition, the curator of the space, Emi Eu, has oriented the programming towards a new thematic area: materiality. It is a theme that the two young artists exhibiting at Aloft in 2018, Jeremy Sharma and Xavier Antin, have embraced and freely interpreted.

Jeremy Sharma (b. 1977, Singapore) creates ambiguous objects. Readily blurring and splicing disciplines and mediums, he is particularly interested in the possible materialisations of a priori intangible substances, from memories to data. His best-known works include sculptures whose enigmatic reliefs are inspired by pulsars, the vast celestial bodies that emit radio waves. Entitled “fidelity”, his solo exhibition at Aloft transports visitors to the heart of different cultural communities from across Southeast Asia. From the nostalgic melodies of the Kristang people, a group descended from Portuguese sailors who arrived in Malaysia in the 16th century, to the Persian and Arab sonorities woven into the rhythmic chants of the Rohingya, the artist has recorded songs of love and belief. In his first sound-only installation, he sculpts voices and language as so many materials bearing the imprint of history.

For his exhibition at Aloft, Xavier Antin (b. 1981, France) is inspired by the city state of Singapore, from the lush, tropical vegetation of its parks and gardens to its powerful financial and banking industries. His exhibition features a suspended landscape of floral textiles, printed using a mixture of manual and digital techniques. Fans incorporated into a sculptural structure provide a light breeze that traverses the space and brings the material to life. Connected to an online bitcoin trading platform, the sculpture is programmed to order a bouquet of flowers to the exhibition space every time it makes a profit. Exploring the rich tensions between technology and nature, the visible and the hidden, the tradition of vanitas paintings and the contemporary human condition, Xavier Antin here revisits the ancestral theme of floral representation. 
 

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Visual arts
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Aloft at Hermès
Singapore
Each year, Aloft at Hermès welcomes original, specially conceived works by contemporary artists.
Jeremy Sharma weaves together songs by different Southeast Asian communities.
Xavier Antin draws inspiration from both the lush greenery of Singapore’s parks and gardens and its powerful financial industries.

Informations

Exhibition dates
  • Xavier Antin, from 14/12/2018 to 10/03/2019
  • Jeremy Sharma, "fidelity" from 17/05/2018 to 19/08/2018
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

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Emi Eu