Justin Lim, Forgotten Paradise, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 182x152cm
Art Stage Singapore presents art in context with its country and regional Platforms at its 2014 edition of the fair. Seven country and regional Platforms – Southeast Asia, India, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and Australia – will feature artists’ works curated to fit into the contemporary art landscapes of each country or region. These curated sales exhibitions are a new component of Art Stage Singapore 2014, in addition to its general fair booths. The Platforms also offer art collectors and enthusiasts the opportunity to discover tomorrow’s leading lights. Art Stage Singapore will be collaborating with experts in the art scenes of the respective countries like curators, galleries and advisors to guide the exhibition presentation of the Platforms.
The Southeast Asia Platform is the largest of the Platforms and will showcase a series of new projects demonstrating Art Stage Singapore’s support of art from the region. Gridthiya Gaweewong (Thailand), Isabel Ching (Myanmar), Jim Supangkat (Indonesia), Patrick D. Flores (Philippines), Roger Nelson (Cambodia), Simon Soon (Malaysia) are the country advisors for Southeast Asia Platform.These projects include site-specific works, interactive installations and innovative conceptually driven works, meant to discuss important topics that address the contemporary society.Such as Soe Naing (Myanmar,b. 1961) will present an installation piece titled Intermission on Stage. Represented by Yone Arts, Soe Naing is known to be a pioneering abstract expressionist in the Myanmar art scene. Having kept vigil throughout decades of censorship and isolationism during Myanmar’s military regime, he has produced nearly ten thousand daily “diary sketches.” In this installation, Soe Naing’s sketches will line the interior walls of a large, enclosed, blacked-out box approximately the size of a shipping container. Another featured project is "There is no other paradise", by Malaysian artist Justin Lim (b. 1983). Featuring new works, Lim’s multimedia installation is centred on a video projection over a fibreglass bathtub filled with white flowers made of resin.