16 July 2009

Opening Night of Found & Lost at Osage Gallery featuring Erika Tan

Erika Tan
was recently featured in an exhibition entitled, Found & Lost
at the Osage Gallery in Singapore.
The opening night reception was held on Friday 22 May 2009 the main block of the Old School. This exhibition ran from 23rd May till 12th July 2009. Aversions will also be launched during the opening reception. Found & Lost is curated by Guo-Liang Tan and is organised in conjunction with the Singapore Arts Festival 2009.

'There is no final image, only intersections and loose ends. There is no centre, only peripheral fictions and suggestions, multiplying and expanding towards a threshold found and lost.'

Found & Lost features the works of eight Singapore artists (Sookoon Ang, Cheong Kah Kit, Khiew Huey Chian, Charles Lim, Matthew Ngui, Shubigi Rao, Erika Tan, and Ian Woo) concerned with questions of representation in relation to the act of drawing. The exhibition serves as an extension of the ideas explored in Aversions, a drawing publication project in which the artists explore and respond to the boundaries of drawing within their own artistic practices, delving into issues such as peripheral vision, perpetual delay, the impossibility of the image, and the fragmentation of language and memory in relation to the act of drawing.

Found & Lost continues along and beyond the initial line of enquiry into the nature of visual representation. Many of the works move between the act of observation (looking at) and that of introspection (looking for), proposing a correlation between the visible and the invisible in the way meaning is constantly being interrupted and negotiated by shifts in perception.

Images courtesy of Osage Gallery.

Osage Singapore is a spectacular new space located in the main block of the Old School development at the former Methodist Girls School at Mount Sophia. Osage Singapore comprises the whole of the former auditorium with floor space of 4,570 square feet and ceilings more than 40 feet high, plus a viewing balcony of 1,750 square feet and another side gallery of 2480 square feet.

Osage is Asia’s largest gallery group with more than 85,000 square feet of exhibition space under management. The size and reach of our gallery spaces gives us the ability to operate on a truly regional basis. We believe that we can best represent artists by having a presence in a number of major cities in Asia. The artists benefit by having much greater exposure in different markets and wider audiences for their work and audiences benefit when the artists are presented consistently and in the best possible way.

By being active in different centres Osage is able to develop much closer relationships with clients. The spaces are all managed by art industry professionals who genuinely believe in putting the client first, strive continually to achieve superior quality in their work, and maintain the highest ethical standards in their relationships with artists and clients.

The exhibition programs, education programs and outreach activities all provide a platform for artists and audiences to engage with cultural and creative ideas. The exhibitions are supported by a publications program which helps make the art work more accessible to a wider range of audiences.

Osage is also committed to arts promotion and development. In every city in which we work, the exhibition spaces are regularly given over to the not-for-profit Osage Art Foundation to present and promote experimental and conceptual work and important independently curated exhibitions that address global issues and a range of arts education activities.