[Ota Fine Arts Shanghai] Spring Encounters

8 Apr - 31 May 2022
  • ‘Spring Encounters’, was originally scheduled to be presented this April at Ota Fine Arts Shanghai. Due to the great uncertainty of visiting in person, we hope this online exhibition will bring access for everyone!

     

    A selection of artworks by Hilmi Johandi, Masanori Handa, Rina Banerjee, Yayoi Kusama and Zai Kuning is presented. Spring is the season of new life; This exhibition explores how artists across generations and regions have been inspired by nature, creating fresh perspectives in their works.
  • ZAI KUNING

     
  • Installation view: "Dapunta Hyang: Transmission of Knowledge" at the Singapore Pavilion in the 57th Venice Biennale (2017). Courtesy of the National Arts Council 

  • In 2017, Zai Kuning (b. 1964, Singapore) represented Singapore at the 57th Venice Biennale, sharing his research on the forgotten stories of Malay culture and Southeast Asian history through a 17-metre-long skeletal ship. Presented in this exhibition are works from his abstract drawing series Prodigal Pagan Hymn (2020 - present, ongoing) which he produced in solitude during the pandemic.

    • Zai Kuning Prodigal Pagan Hymn (Go), 2021 Batik dye and ink on paper 79.7 x 74 cm
      Zai Kuning
      Prodigal Pagan Hymn (Go), 2021
      Batik dye and ink on paper
      79.7 x 74 cm
    • Zai Kuning Prodigal Pagan Hymn (Nijyu-ni), 2021 Batik dye, ink, turmeric and chilli powder on paper 57 x 75 cm
      Zai Kuning
      Prodigal Pagan Hymn (Nijyu-ni), 2021
      Batik dye, ink, turmeric and chilli powder on paper
      57 x 75 cm
    • Zai kuning Prodigal Pagan Hymn (Jyu), 2021 Batik dye and ink on paper 76.8 x 57.3 cm
      Zai kuning
      Prodigal Pagan Hymn (Jyu), 2021
      Batik dye and ink on paper
      76.8 x 57.3 cm
    • Zai Kuning Prodigal Pagan Hymn (Jyu-ichi), 2021 Batik dye, ink, turmeric and chilli powder on paper 76.5 x 57.5 cm
      Zai Kuning
      Prodigal Pagan Hymn (Jyu-ichi), 2021
      Batik dye, ink, turmeric and chilli powder on paper
      76.5 x 57.5 cm
  • "Prodigal Pagan Hymn is about resonation, voices, and broken memories of ancestral roots towards meanings and symbolic landscape.

    — Zai Kuning

  • Installation view: "Dialogue: Rina Banerjee and Zai Kuning", Ota Fine Arts, Singapore (2021)
  • HILMI JOHANDI

  • Also living in Singapore, Hilmi Johandi (b. 1987) often finds inspiration from found, archival materials of Singapore, extracting familiar motifs and reconstructing them into a scene in his work, as though he is putting together a stage set. 

     

    Johandi's lithograph prints presented here bring about fresh perspectives of these familiar symbols, leading one to question if the scene portrayed could be an imaginary one, or part of a staged narrative. 

    Also living in Singapore, Hilmi Johandi (b. 1987) often finds inspiration from found, archival materials of Singapore, extracting familiar motifs...

    Hilmi Johandi at Pulp Editions, Singapore. Photo: Pulp Editions

  • YAYOI KUSAMA

  • The earliest work in the exhibition, a watercolor on colored paper piece by Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929, Japan), Flower, was completed in 1979. The flower has been a familiar subject matter for Kusama since her childhood as her family ran a plant nursery business. From an early age, Kusama began suffering hallucinations and everything she saw was covered by dots, nets and flowers, which became recurring motifs in her practice. Also presented here are Kusama’s prints and a large-scale flower sculpture.

    • Yayoi Kusama Talks about Love , 2011 Etching + Stencil [2 colors] 31.5 x 40.5 cm [Image] / 46 x 56 cm [Paper] Edition of 30
      Yayoi Kusama
      Talks about Love , 2011
      Etching + Stencil [2 colors]
      31.5 x 40.5 cm [Image] / 46 x 56 cm [Paper]
      Edition of 30
    • Yayoi Kusama girls AAA, 2011 Screenprint [4 screens, 4 colors, 4 runs] 53 x 65 cm [Image] / 63.5 x 75 cm [Paper] Edition of 30
      Yayoi Kusama
      girls AAA, 2011
      Screenprint [4 screens, 4 colors, 4 runs]
      53 x 65 cm [Image] / 63.5 x 75 cm [Paper]
      Edition of 30
    • Yayoi Kusama Buried in a Flower Garden, 2011 Silkscreen [4 colors] + etching embossing 37.8 x 45.3 cm [Image] / 55 x 59 cm [Paper] Edition of 30
      Yayoi Kusama
      Buried in a Flower Garden, 2011
      Silkscreen [4 colors] + etching embossing
      37.8 x 45.3 cm [Image] / 55 x 59 cm [Paper]
      Edition of 30
  • MASANORI HANDA

  • In contrast, the most recent work in this show is Cone (2021) by Masanori Handa (b. 1979, Japan), in which the artist reconstructed vernal landscape surfaces into several staggered cones. The sophisticated geometry creates a playful yet nonetheless contemplative habitation.

  • RINA BANERJEE

  • Installation view: "Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World", Frist Art Museum, Nashville (2020). Photo: John Schweikert

  • Last but not least, Rina Banerjee (b. 1963, India) who has lived in multi-cultural communities as far apart as Kolkata and New York City, also chose lithography to introduce a surreal world of post-colonial diaspora and ancient mythology. Her depiction of fragmented figures, mythical creatures and mystical space on these prints, together with her poetic artwork titles, offers audience an entry to explore a “multi-faceted nature of identity” which is not based exclusively on a person's culture of origin or gender.

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