Opening on 15 Mar to 14 May 2017, at Pearl Lam’s newly inaugurated gallery at Dempsey Hill is an exhibition entitled Materialised Condition. The showcase will feature the works of artists Chun Kwang Young, Leonardo Drew, Dale Frank, Jason Martin, Gatot Pujiarto, Ezzam Rahman, Ren Ri, Carlos Rolon/Dzine and Yinka Shonibare MBE.
Flying the flag for Singapore is local artist Ezzam Rahman, who will be executing a new performance work, i was your amber but now he’s your shade of gold, in response to the theme of the exhibition.
We catch up with Ezzam to find out more about his work at the show.
1. Tell us about the performance, how does it respond to Materialised Condition?
I love playing with different materials with each performance. With this work, I was your amber but now he’s your shade of gold, I think that it is the right time for me to try and test different possibilities available in real time and space. This work will be an attempt at an installation piece that will also be a performance arena for me. The remnants of the performance will capture my presence in my physical absence.
2. Can you talk about the techniques, and materials (if any) used in the performance?
Time – that has always been one of the main media in my performances. I prefer to present longer pieces, as it allows me to explore my chosen materials. I have not performed with talcum powder for almost a year since the President’s Young Talents 2015 exhibition, where I was awarded the Joint Grand Prize by the curatorial committee of the President’s Young Talents 2015 exhibition and the People’s Choice Award by the general public. For Materialised Condition, I am revisiting talcum powder, which will be one of the main materials used in the performance.
3. Is this your first performance with Pearl Lam Galleries, can we expect more?
YES! It will be my ‘virgin’ performance at Pearl Lam Galleries and I am truly honoured that I have been invited to present my work in this exhibition. There is quite a lot of pressure as I have never performed in their gallery before but how could I reject this opportunity?
“Can [you] expect more”? (Sly Smile*) You just have to wait and see it then…
4. As a Singaporean artist, what do you think are some notable qualities of your work?
For some reason, I am known as the “Skin” or the “Powder” artist. My practice is larger than those two materials but hey! Those labels do not trouble me. I accept them and am humbled by any kind of acknowledgment!
Catch Ezzam’s performance next week on 15 Mar at 7.30PM at Pearl Lam Galleries. For more information click here.